Yeah that's where I spent about half my day on Sunday. There and after the snow fence on Angel I cut way over to the left where you can basically work through the trails in the trees the whole way down. At some point I might have to hook up with you guys if you can put up with an amateur for a day. I think most of my friends are content to stay on the groomers and that doesn't work for me.
Yeah I've boarded with tons of forum members this year... Good times!
There are some great runs at Louise (since everyone else is talking about Sunshine) to start to learn about steeper, deeper, rockier, and tree-e-er?!?
Most of them I'll suggest will be off top of the world. Why? It's a high speed chair. Tons of runs mean tons of fun and tons of learning. Also there are groomers intertwining the off-piste so you can make your own runs with whatever degree of difficulty you want.
1) Approximately 2 towers down from the top, there is a set of glades that lead off to skiers right. They are fun and actually not over used, the pitch is mild, the trees are small and far between, there are a few rollers to jump off. I think this is the upper part of Run #37.
2) If you follow the spine to skiers left of the lift (the spine that follows the lift all the way down. You'll have some steeper glades, again with little spots to jump, etc. That will work its way into moguls on either side of the spine, which are important to learn. Don't do this for your first or second learning run though. This would be run 38 and 44. Starts mild and gets steeper and steeper.
3) Run #29 is called Wrong Turn. And it's a nice wide open blue that's rarely used I find, stay to skiers left on this run and you can dip into the trees all along the side.
4) Another good one would be run #23 all the way around. You head to far skiers right towards the platter, but turn to the left after the fence opens up. There's an easy blue run that's usually groomed, but on the right side there are some real fun glades. On heavy snow days watch out because it's not steep enough to plow through 1+' if you're not good at carrying speed.
5) Moving away from the top of the world chair, the rock garden is a lot of fun when the snow is good. Think of it as a mogul field with rocks and drops in it. The pitch is mild so the risk is quite low, but it's technical and fun for all. If you can make it down a mogul'd black run you can have fun in the rock garden. (skiers right off Larch chair)
6) Tons off stuff available off paradise chair, but there are some extreme sections so best to know your route before heading in. Some real fun glades and rocks to pop off on skiers right. Also some open stuff so people can take multiple lines for various ability levels. As you get better, hike out south from paradise and start to drop into ER3. It is steep (40-45 degrees) so have your steep off-piste riding down before you head here, but the rocks are far apart so the danger isn't huge. Again, KNOW YOUR LINE. There are ways of working yourself up to the big drops of Eagle Ridge 3.
7) Once you can do that, you're pretty much game for all the extreme stuff, there are spots ALL OVER Lake Louise that make me smile. Fernie even moreso. I'd say overall Fernie is my favourite hill, and part of that is the massive amount of medium and difficult (and yes, extreme too) off-piste terrain. It's a rugged mountain with gullys, chutes, pillows, trees, cliffs, drops, stumps, bowls, etc. etc. etc. all of various sizes. So spending a weekend there is a great way to break your powder virginity. I'd suggest a lesson.
Front side trail map