Lake Louise, which stays open until early May for skiing and snowboarding, piles on the end-of-season events. Contests for dummies, freeriders, and mountain bikers bring out competitors and spectators.
The resort is throwing its first Dummy Downhill March 28. You build a dummy, mount it on skis or a snowboard, and launch it off a jump in the terrain park on Easy Street. Winners gain fame for biggest air, longest distance, sickest trick, best design, most hilarious name, and, of course, the biggest, baddest yard sale. "Everybody likes to see things blow apart," events manager Danielle Sherman told OnTheSnow.com, explaining why the resort added the new event. "But it's a good thing we don't use people."
Two weekends fill with the annual big mountain competitions. The Junior Big Mountain Challenge, scheduled April 3-5 for kids ages 7 - 17, filled to its 100-competitiors limit within 24 hours. Sherman said 50 more are already on the waiting list. The senior event takes place April 8-12. Contestants pick difficult lines down ER on the back side of the mountain. "Athletes come from all over, so we give them the steepest and most challenging terrain," added Sherman. "Most of us will never come close to skiing what they do."
Lake Louise celebrates with its big huge blowout party weekend packed with events, barbecues, and music April 25-26. Sunday brings on the Fat Tire Mountain Bike Race, in which mountain bikers race down a slalom course on snow. They wear full body armor to prevent snowburn, added Sherman.
The Lake Louise lifts run for skiing and snowboarding through closing day May 3. The gondola re-opens for summer sightseeing beginning later in May.