Item: The new avalanche control programme at the lake louise ski area
Title: The new avalanche control programme at the lake louise ski area
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1996 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Canada
Authors: Mark Klassen, Snow Safety, Skiing louise Ltd, Box 5, lake louise, Alberta TOl OCO, Telephone: (403) 522-3555, Fax: (403) 522-2095
Abstract: Avalanche control operations at the Lake Louise Ski Area have a history spanning nearly thirty years. Originally a small resort which did not extend above treeline, the ski area grew to include many avalanche paths on all aspects and elevation zones. For over 20 years avalanche control services were provided by Banff National Park Wardens. The Warden Service continually improved and upgraded the programme and it grew to be highly respected within the industry. In 1988, however, the Lake Louise ski area initiated a process which handed control of the operation from the Warden Service to ski area employed Snow Safety staff. This paper discusses the new avalanche control programme at Lake Louise the challenges of creating an operation that suits the requirements of ski area guests, management and staff. In 1930 The Ski Club of the Canadian Rockies built Skoki Lodge in the backcountry east of Lake Louise. This was the first step towards what was to become the Lake Louise Ski Area now located on Mounts Whitehorn, Richardson and Lipalian across the valley from the Village of Lake Louise. The current resort lease area encompasses 1000 meters of relief over 17 square kilometres of terrain and includes over 100 avalanche paths located on all aspects and elevations.
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Keywords: avalanche, ski area, management
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