When daylight started to creep under the thick layer of clouds on the way to Lake Louise, the valley around us started to be visible. And a beautiful white world it was! A delicate layer of fresh snow on the thousands of trees, and a more serious layer of snow on the mountains surrounding the Bow River flowing just next to the road. At first, the clouds were still hanging low in the valley, and I wondered if the conditions for skiing would be right. But as we arrived at the base station of Lake Louise, the sky cleared, the sun appeared, and we immediately needed our goggles to protect our eyes against the bright light.
Rental of equipment was organized very efficiently, but the ski-pass unfortunately was not one of those electronic cards, but an old fashioned piece of paper with a barcode. Once in the gondola, we started scanning the slopes below and could not wait to start skiing. The conditions were perfect: after a long time without snow, fresh snow had fallen the day before, there was hardly any wind, and the mid-March sun made the temperature very pleasant. After a first easy downhill run, we went up again to look for some more serious slopes. One of the good things about Lake Louise, is that there are slopes for almost any level of skier. There are very easy slopes, but also experts can enjoy skiing down double diamond slopes.
As for me, after trying an off-piste mogul slope with deep snow and high moguls aptly called the Beast, I decided to stick to slightly easier runs. Instead of struggling down these slopes, some of which even have cliffs you can jump off, and with names like Adrenaline and Fallen Angel, I was looking for faster runs with a little less challenge. And I found plenty of those to keep me busy for the rest of the day! On my way back to the South Face, the ski-lift got stuck for more than 15 minutes, and just as it was getting pretty cold, it started moving again. I took a thrilling narrow run right through the forest, arriving just in time to catch the last ride up to the Top of the World. There, I noticed the wind was picking up, and I spent some time at the top to enjoy a marvelous view of the mountain ranges all around me. With the sun lower in the sky, the mountains were lit by a soft light and the scenery seemed even more beautiful. From here, it was slightly under 1,000 m to ski down to base station for the last time. How I would have loved to stay longer...
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