This point marks the northern boundary of the Lake Louise Ski Area in Banff National Park. Skiing or boarding “outa bounds” is not prohibited here – it just means that you’re backcountry skiing in the national park and with no ski patrol to help out if you get into trouble.
The last few years have seen a large increase in the number of skiers and boarders taking advantage of the untracked powder available throughout the mountains of Western Canada. Even those staying in bounds have the option of skiing much steeper terrain than in past years. Several of Louise’s double-black runs can be seen in this pano, including the Whitehorn 2 chutes, ER6 and ER7.
To reach this location early enough in the morning for the light, I rode the lifts with the ski patrol 45 minutes before the area opened. The weather was spectacular – warm and zero wind. The only clouds were far below, obscuring the valley bottoms. Some of the mountains visible are the Lake Louise group including Temple, Hungabee, Lefroy, and Victoria. Further right are Hector, Richardson and Ptarmigan Peak. Barely visible 80 km to the south is Assiniboine.