Equine Lake Louise Powder Adventure

Date: Sat 28th Jan 2023 - Thu 2nd Feb 2023
Venue: Fairmont Château Lake Louise****
Location: Lake Louise, Banff National Park, AB (Calgary International Airport)
Contact Hours: 20 (RACE approval pending)
Event Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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1 Vet – 5-Day Accommodation & Lectures USD 3400.00 -
1 Vet & 1 non-Vet Guest - 5-Day Accommodation USD 4500.00 -
2 Vets - Shared room, 5-Day Half-Board & Lectures USD 5490.00 -
1 Vet – Happy Hours & Lectures USD 1490.00 -
1 Vet & 1 non-Vet Guest – Happy Hours & Lectures USD 1815.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 11th September 2022
Registration Deadline: Friday 20th January 2023

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending events abroad and for all attendees when attending events in the UK.


The registration deadline has been extended as this event is definitely taking place

Sat 28 January – Thu 2 February 2023  –  5 Days of Lectures & Powder Skiing



Riding untamed drifts of deep, untouched powder is the Holy Grail for most skiing/snowboarding enthusiasts.  Canada’s Rocky Mountains are known for huge annual snowfalls, great powder-producing conditions, and long seasons.  Surrounded by some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world, the iconic Fairmont Château Lake Louise**** is nestled in a secluded location deep within Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Château is enveloped by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier, and a glistening emerald lake with the natural beauty of this destination permeating every nook of the historic resort. 

With 139km/87miles of slopes, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in the Rocky Mountains (1646m - 2637m / 5,400ft - 8,650ft) and the first Downhill race of the annual FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit.


The unique layout allows families and groups of varying abilities to ski together; there are beginner, intermediate and expert runs down from every chair. Beginners and intermediate skiers have access to an abundance of gentle slopes and long cruising runs. Experts can explore endless powder chutes, glades, gullies, and remote bowls in some of the Rockies’ most challenging terrain. 

VetPD has combined an exhilarating 5-day Powder Event combining a total of 5 days of skiing/snowboarding/alternative outdoor activities and 40 hours of lectures & case discussions on current and cutting-edge topics covering many disciplines. This will provide attendees with a total of 20 hrs of CE (RACE approval pending).  The following internationally renowned speakers will be responsible for the lectures that are aimed at experienced general and advanced practitioners:  Dr. Wes Sutter (Kentucky Equine Hospital, Simpsonville, KY), Dr. Cristobal Navas de Solis (New Bolton Center, PennVet), Dr. Frank Andrews (Louisiana State Univ., LA).

From Sunday – Wednesday attendees can choose from two streams of lectures between 7.00 - 9.00am, which will be followed by skiing/snowboarding/alternative outdoor activities between 9.00am - 3.30pm.  Every day there will be a Powder Happy Hour between 3.00 - 4.00pm as a preamble to the two streams of lectures that will unfold between 4.00 - 7.00pm.  Evenings will be reserved for leisurely wining and dining, to meet up with old friends and to make new ones.

During the event open and frank discussions are encouraged and the speakers will share helpful tips & tricks and their personal experiences with attendees, be it successes or failures.  There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss diagnostic/therapeutic strategies and cases with the speakers during the lectures or the dedicated case discussions.


  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Update on Joint Therapies
  • Equine Orthopaedics incl. PPE, Stifle & SL Injuries, Subchondral Bone Disease/Cysts, Hip & Hamstring Injuries
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Abdominal & Thoracic Ultrasound
  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology (incl. EGUS)& Feeding
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Neurology
  • Urinary Tract Diseases
  • Telemedicine, Apps, Gadgets & Exercise Testing

The event will finish on Thursday morning, allowing attendees to fit in a 5th day of skiing before flying out of Calgary in the evening.  

Alternative Outdoor Activities on offer include:

  • Backcountry Off-Piste Excursions
  • Heliskiing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Ice Skating / Hockey
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snow Trekking / Winter Hiking
  • Dog sledding in Banff National Park
  • Sleigh rides
  • Sledding, Tobogganing & Tubing  
  • Banff Upper Hot Springs
  • Horse Back Excursions
  • Ice Climbing/Walking
  • Ice Fishing 
  • Winter Paragliding

The event fee includes 5 nights of accommodation, 4 days of half-board (breakfast & dinner, incl. one soft drink per meal), lecture refreshments, daily Powder Happy Hour incl. alcoholic drinks, transfers to and from the ski slopes, and all lecture attendance.  The event fee does not include ski passes, costs for alternative outdoor activities, airport transfers, or flights. Attendees can choose to stay in a single room or can share a room with another attendee at a reduced price.  Vets are also welcome to attend the event with a partner/guest (special guest price available). Early event registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places. If attendees wish to extend their stay, contact for prices.

Ski-Pass Prices 2022/2023

Ski-Pass Type   Lake Louise only    The Big 3 (Lake Louise, Banff Sunshine Village & Mt. Norquay)
1-Day  $129  
3-Day     $370
4-Day     $493
5-Day     $616




Additional Terms & Conditions:

  1. VetPD Ltd, accepts liability for the event program only (lectures & practical sessions)
  2. Liability for accommodation, meals, happy hour, ski slope transfers and all other pre-booked components rest with the Fairmont Château Lake Louise. Cancellation of these components of the event is subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Fairmont Château Lake Louise (see here for further details).
  3. Attendees are expected to take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance in the event of unforeseen circumstances leading to attendees falling ill, suffering a skiing accident or having to cancel their trip.


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    Wes Sutter
    DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ACVSMR

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. W. Wesley Sutter was born in Lander, Wyoming. He received his bachelors of science in biochemistry from Colorado State University in 1997. He then completed his doctor of veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 2000. Following veterinary school he completed a one-year rotating equine surgery and medicine internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. After completing his internship, Dr. Sutter completed a surgical residency at The Ohio State University where he later served as an assistant professor in equine orthopedic surgery before entering private practice as a surgeon at Ocala Equine Hospital. After 5 years at Ocala Equine Hospital, he co-founded Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine in Lexington Kentucky and then joined Rood & Riddle as Equine Surgeon. Dr. Sutter is now an Equine Surgeon & the Managing Partner at Kentucky Equine Hospital. His primary interests are in equine orthopedics, upper respiratory surgery and lameness. He is the author of several scientific papers and book chapters.


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    Frank Andrews
    BS, DVM, MS Dipl.ACVIM

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Dr. Frank M. Andrews is a graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, Washington, where he received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science in Veterinary Science.  He completed an equine internal medicine residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. After 20 years at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine as Professor and Section Chief of Internal Medicine, he is currently LVMA Equine Committee Professor and Director of the Equine Health Studies Program at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Dr. Andrews was staff veterinarian at the XXVI Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996 and has clinical and research interests in the effects of exercise on electrolytes and other clinical pathologic parameters and pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of gastric ulcer disease in horses.

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    Cris Navas
    LV, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Equine internist and ultrasound/cardiology expert Dr. Cris Navas joined Penn Vet’s faculty last year, but his history with the School goes further back. From 2008 to 2012, Navas was a cardiology and ultrasound fellow and then lecturer at New Bolton Center. He left for a few years to teach elsewhere in the U.S. and Switzerland before returning to the Kennett Square area in 2019.

    Navas’s main interest is exercise-related deaths and cardiac disease in athletes. “It’s an issue that needs to be fixed and has gained public attention recently,” he said. “We’re learning more all the time as new technologies increase our capacity to collect data, but we need better tools and more knowledge to interpret the data.” He is currently testing wireless heart rate monitor wearables that are streamlined for equine wearers, friendly for users, and better able to collect data from a larger population of horses than traditional wired patches. Dr. Cristobal Navas holds a surcingle fixed with a W2ND wireless heart monitor. Dr. Cristobal Navas holds a surcingle fixed with a W2ND wireless heart monitor.

    At the same time, he’s also using digital technology, such as handheld ultrasound devices, to create an equine telehealth program. “Remote access and telecommunication tools will allow us to access many more people and advise in real time on cases around the world,” said Navas.

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Event Program

Fairmont Château  Lake Louise****


Fairmont Château Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise
AB, T0L 1E0


Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise
AB T0L 1E0

Phone: 403-522-3511

Fax: 403-522-3834




Calgary International Airport (approx. 2h drive)


  • Take Airport Exit road to the first set of lights.
  • Turn left at the first set of lights. (Barlow Trail)
  • Turn left at the next set of lights. (Airport Road)
  • TransCanada Highway #1. You will exit from the right onto this exit ramp.
  • Continue on Highway#1 until you reach the Banff National Park entrance gates.
  • Once you have passed through the park gates, continue driving West until you reach the Lake Louise exit.
  • Turn left towards Village of Lake Louise, continue driving straight on Lake Louise Drive until you reach Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
  • A National Park Pass is required when entering Banff National Park. You can purchase your pass in advance here.

“A once-in-a-lifetime experience combining continuing education with adventure - very professional and flexible organisers.”

Tore Malmei, Veterinærene Nyland & Malmei, Norway

“Very well-organized event with superb wetlabs supervised by highly-dedicated speakers. Great spouse program!”

Päivi Nussbaumer, Clinique du Vieux Château, Swizterland

“Well organised, small initmate course with great academic content.”

Angela Rogers, Blue Hills Veterinary Hospital, South Africa

“Super meeting with vets all over the world, real holiday atmosphere, a congress I would book again anytime, Super staff and service of your team and Mongena, we really enjoyed it and still do.”

Michael Saxer

“Very good quality conference with amazing outside activities, great accommodation & food which made it a very enjoyable week. It is easy to very nice to meet the other attendees.”

Mailys Giradoux