Up to 80 cm of new snow in the last week at Lake Louise. As they were opening the upper lifts, we decided to make a visit. The resort is an hour west of Canmore - on a great divided highway, albeit pretty slick on the way up. Amazingly, the upper "six pack" was open, along with the Summit platter. Eight runs on the platter is enough for the legs on the first day of the season.
That said, the skis didn't record any nasty rock hits, and there was great powder to be had all morning anywhere. We noticed no traffic lookers right of the platter, and found our way down to some pretty sweet uncut powder. The lower half of the mountain got pretty warm and setup, but that's just fine for making a nice base - and the World Cup Downhill/Super G course that they are setting up for the races starting in 2 weeks.
Next storm Tuesday?