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Lake Louise Snow Report for 17 Apr 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 17 Apr 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: 17 Apr 2014

Season opens: 8 November 2013 | Season closes: 11 May 2014

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Season open
Most recent snowfall: on 15 Apr 2014
Fresh snow depth: 15 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
210
140
Bottom New Snow in Resort: –
Good piste on-piste
Fresh
Powder Off piste
Fresh
Resort runs Resort runs Good

Resort Ski Report: 26 out of 28 Lifts open.

Lake Louise Snow Conditions: Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls

Reported Weather Conditions: Snow, Cloudy and snowy today, Temperature: 0° C

  
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*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

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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)
Sun Mon Tue

(1631m — 2133m)

snow report today

49 km away

140
140
Spring Conditions
1
16
4
snow showers
partially cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1882 m
1600m 1400m 2200m

(1658m — 2729m)

snow report yesterday

49 km away

216
216
Powder
3
18
6
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2194 m
1600m 1400m 2150m

(1525m — 2260m)

snow report yesterday

88 km away

Nakiska webcam
175
132
Machine Groomed
1
15
2
snow showers
partially cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1892 m
1550m 1400m 2350m

(1195m — 1925m)

snow report yesterday

230 km away

Fernie webcam
6
rain showers
partially cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1560 m
1150m 1450m 2200m

(1250m — 1921m)

snow report today

438 km away

241
170
Powder
2
6
partially cloudy
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1586 m
1200m 2450m 1500m

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.