LAKE LOUISE MAY REDUCE SKI AREA TO GO GREENER
18th September 2019
Last modified on February 10th, 2021
The Canadian ski area is looking at a series of initiatives. One involves the ski area leasehold being reduced by almost 30%. UPDATED
Parks Canada said the area is a sensitive habitat for grizzly bears, wolverines, mountain goats and other species.
“The Lake Louise Ski Area Long-Range Plan follows the strict and permanent limits to growth set out in the ski area’s Site Guidelines,” said Parks Canada in a statement.
“In addition, Parks Canada has a rigorous development review and environmental assessment process that ensures all development proposals comply with these limits and that healthy ecosystems are maintained.”
The full implementation of the long-range plan is expected to take between 10 and 12 years.
The Lake Louise Long Range Plan also includes new and improved experiences for visitors.
These include new ski runs, development of a new day lodge to support relocated summer use operations, and terrain modification in key locations to improve skier safety and circulation.
The area reduction in the leasehold would be almost 669 hectares.
That’s an area approximately the same size as two other Alberta resorts combined, Marmot Basin (558 Ha) and Mount Norquay (167Ha).
Lake Louise is in the Banff National Park which is Canada’s most popular national park.
The full Lake Louise Ski Area Long Range Plan can be viewed online.
Additional measures include moving summer hiking trails and investments to protect the whitebark pine, a species of tree at risk.
The resort has already been heavily fined for cutting down some whitebark pines as we reported earlier:
There are plans to reduce the amount of water withdrawn from Pipestone River and Corral Creek.
The water is used for snowmaking.
It is believed this will help protect species at risk including Westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout.
The plans are now out for consultation and it will be interesting to see what representations are made by the skiers and snowboarders, plus the tourism industry.
“Parks Canada recognises downhill skiing is a cornerstone to winter tourism in Banff and Jasper national parks. Carefully planned and managed ski areas make the protection of ecology a priority while providing meaningful visitor experiences and contributing to the conservation objectives of Parks Canada,” the statement added.
For more about skiing in Canada see this special PlanetSKI feature:
And here for a recent winter trip to Lake Louise:
And we’ve been in the area in the summer too:
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