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Lake Louise Snow Report for 19 Dec 2014

Our Snow Report for Lake Louise brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Lake Louise snow report shown below was updated on 19 Dec 2014. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Lake Louise.

Lake Louise Snow Report Issued: 19 Dec 2014

Season opens: 13 November 2014 | Season closes: 10 May 2015

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Season open
Most recent snowfall: on 11 Dec 2014
Fresh snow depth: 2 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
86
79
Bottom New Snow in Resort: –
Good piste on-piste
Good
Powder Off piste
Varied
Resort runs Resort runs Good

Resort Ski Report: 27 out of 28 Lifts open.

Lake Louise Snow Conditions: Great snow conditions throughout area

Reported Weather Conditions: Changeable, A mixture of sun, cloud and snow showers, Temperature: -5° C

  
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Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Mon Tue Wed

(1631m — 2133m)

snow report today

49 km away

38
38
Packed Powder
8
19
5
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1882 m
750m 600m 1050m

(1658m — 2729m)

snow report today

49 km away

89
89
Variable Conditions 5 cm
today
12
16
3
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2194 m
750m 550m 1050m

(1525m — 2260m)

snow report today

88 km away

Nakiska webcam
64
48
Packed Powder
6
19
6
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1892 m
750m 550m 1050m

(1130m — 1246m)

snow report yesterday

138 km away

on 1 Jan
3
10
1
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1188 m
1300m 950m 850m

(1219m — 1524m)

snow report yesterday

184 km away

40
40

Good
Packed
5
18
4
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1372 m
1050m 750m 900m

Notes on the Lake Louise Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Lake Louise. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Lake Louise piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Lake Louise snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Lake Louise, the Lake Louise weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Lake Louise weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Lake Louise, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Lake Louise. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Lake Louise snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Lake Louise snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Lake Louise snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Lake Louise snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Lake Louise, study the Lake Louise piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Lake Louise snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Lake Louise on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Lake Louise (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Lake Louise Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Lake Louise snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.