The 2019 Long-Range Plan for the Lake Louise Ski Resort has been approved! The process which stretches back more than 3 years culminated this week when the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, officially approved the the LRP (see News Release here). We at BHA congratulate the Locke family, the Lake Louise Ski Resort team, Parks Canada, and all the planners and consultants that have worked tirelessly to make the Vision for the Lake Louise Ski Resort a reality. Charlie Locke, owner and president, summed it up well when he said “This marks a massive accomplishment, and the beginning of an incredibly exciting new chapter for all of us in the LLSR family”. Keep an eye on the Lake Louise Ski Resort in the coming years as projects designed to reduce the ski area’s impact on wildlife, improve the guest’s ski experience, and better showcase the beauty and majesty of Banff National Park start to take shape. For those that are interested, the Long-Range Plan can be found here.
BHA has been involved in the planning and design efforts at the Lake Louise Ski Resort since the early 2000’s and have been with the Long-Range Planning process since the beginning, charged with the on-mountain planning and design of revised and new ski terrain and lifts, GIS database management and data distribution, and the formatting and production of the final Long-Range Plan. We look forward to continuing to work with the LLSR team as the approved projects take shape and the Resort evolves into a global destination through all four seasons.
At BHA mountain biking is an integral part of our identity and culture. We are on the front line of mountain bike trail network and bike park design and take every opportunity to get out on the trails.
We’re applying this passion, knowledge, and experience to projects such as the Big White Bike Park and the Pemberton Valley Recreational Trail Master Plan. We’re also sharing our knowledge and learning from others in the industry and broader mountain biking community, presenting at the Mountain Bike Tourism Association’s Mountain Bike Symposium and Canada West Ski Areas Association Spring Conference.
Beyond our work, we have been active in the Whistler mountain bike community for more than a decade, hosting the Annual Mountain Biking Toonie Race Event – The Tour De Trash where all profits go to the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA). This effort is led by our staff, a group of passionate (and skilled!) mountain bikers. Whether racing in world-class events, such as the BC Bike Race (Ryan Robertson, GIS Specialist), working to repair and improve our local trail network (Sue Clark, Office Manager), or developing leading edge mountain bike trail networks, the BHA team enjoys sharing their passion for all things mountain bike. See you on the trail!
Public Consultation April 23 – June 15, 2019
The Lake Louise Ski Area is currently seeking public comment on its first Long-Range Plan. The Long-Range Plan, or LRP, will serve to guide development at Lake Louise Ski Area for the next 10 to 15 years. It represents the culmination of a planning process that was initiated in 2006 with the creation of the Parks Canada Ski Area Management Guidelines and followed by the Lake Louise Site Guidelines for Development and Use in 2015. Throughout this period, the Lake Louise Ski Area has been engaged in a comprehensive planning process that will address the requirements laid out by Parks Canada and ensure the ski area remains a premier, international ski destination for years to come.
BHA was retained by the Lake Louise Ski Area to develop its Mountain Master Plan which will guide the improvement and expansion of all on-mountain facilities, including ski lifts, ski trails, and day lodges. As part of a team of consultants, BHA worked through a collaborative and iterative planning process to arrive at the preferred concept for the ski area. It will address existing challenges and imbalances in the on-mountain offerings and capitalize on the unrealized potential of the Lake Louise Ski Area.
The Lake Louise Ski Area and the consulting team are eager to hear your thoughts on the improvements and developments proposed in the LRP. Please find more information on the LRP and the public engagement process at https://lrp.skilouise.com/lrp. The public comment period ends June 15, 2019.