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Lake Louise

Voted “Best Ski Resort in Canada” (in the World Ski Awards), this is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever ski. With a unique ski area that lets all abilities ski from every lift, a 360° panorama of Banff National Park and iconic hotels like the lakeside Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise is truly world class.





At a glance: • Legendary ski resort • Designated beginner zones • Massive ski area

Great for: • Groups • Scenery • Luxury

Voted “Best Ski Resort in Canada” (in the World Ski Awards), this is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever ski. With a unique ski area that lets all abilities ski from every lift, a 360° panorama of Banff National Park and iconic hotels like the lakeside Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise is truly world class.

Lake Louise Resort

Lake Louise lies at 1646 metres altitude in the Alberta region of the Canadian Rockies. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 2637m, the area is snow sure. With the surroundings of the Banff National Park (a UNESCO world heritage site), the stunning glacial lake and iconic hotels like the Fairmont Chateau, this is one of the most spectacular ski resorts in the world.

It’s one of the most convenient too – the ski area is set out so that all abilities can ski from each lift, meaning groups of mixed abilities won’t have to split up for the day.

Calgary International Airport is only a couple of hours drive away (115 miles) – you can get the Banff Airporter transfer to Banff where a bus will take you to the resort itself. Banff is easily accessible via the ski bus (included in the Tri Area pass) and is well worth a visit for its lively town, natural springs and huge selection of bars and restaurants.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Alberta, Canada

Established: 1890

Open: Nov - May

Downhill: 4200 acres / 100km

View our detailed Lake Louise snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Lake Louise snow history.

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  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 35runs 25%

  • 63runs 45%

  • 41runs 30%

Top Altitude:2,637m
Bottom Altitude:1,646m
Resort Altitude:1,646m
Longest run:8km
Slope Orientation:N S E W
Vertical Drop:991m
Skiable Vertical:991m
Night Skiing:No

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Downhill Runs:4200 acres / 100km
Beginner slopes:25%
Advanced slopes:30%
Lift Pass Price: $477.12 (Adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Banff

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Lake Louise

The ski area is one of the biggest in the continent, covering 4200 acres and including 145 runs over 4 mountain faces.

The Minute Maid Adventure Park and Sunny beginner’s area provide the perfect introduction to the snow, with 3 magic carpets to keep things simple. Wiwaxy is run specifically for beginners, where you can practice in peace and quiet. Thanks to the way the ski area has been designed, you’ll find at least one green from all of the chair lifts as well as the gondola, so you can catch the lift with friends and family and meet them at the bottom if you don’t want to try the trickier terrain.

The backside bowls are perfect for experts, offering a variety of chutes and white-knuckle gradients. Make sure you ski the World Cup run while you’re here. The Showtime park is massive, the biggest in the Canadian Rockies, with lines of varying difficulty and a bag jump.

Lake Louise Apres Ski

Lake Louise's facilities away from skiing and 'boarding are limited to those in the hotels and what can be done outdoors on the abundant snow and ice. In the latter category, as soon as the ice permits, Lake Louise, Vermilion Lakes, and the Bow River are open to skaters. Sleigh rides are also popular and an approximately 45 to 60 minute excursion to the end of majestic Lake Louise is the most popular route in traditionally styled six-seater sleighs complete with blankets and warm upholstered seats . Snowmobiling and dog sledding are also available. Of course if you venture in to Banff you'll find a huge choice of activities apart from skiing during the winter. You can enjoy heli-sightseeing, bowling, canyon ice walks, hot springs, carriage rides, ice fishing, curling and ice hockey, mountaineering, fitness facilities, snowshoeing and tobogganing. There are several museums, galleries and similar facilities in Banff. An interesting way to discover these buildings is by taking the self-guiding "Banff Historical Walking Tour", which takes you to some of those silent witnesses of the past.

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies houses four art galleries, exhibiting works of contemporary and historic art, often incorporating a mountain theme, a heritage collection of artifacts, archives, a museum shop and six heritage homes in its grounds. Secondly, The Walter Phillips Gallery presents the latest in contemporary art, with exhibitions by national and international artists investigating the issues and ideas of our time. The gallery maintains a permanent collection and organises nine shows of art, video screenings, lectures and performances every year. Banff Park Museum National Historic Site is Western Canada's oldest natural history museum, circa 1903, housing wildlife specimens dating back to the 1860's. Learn how animals were studied in the Victorian Era at this, the "University of the Hills", and find out how the animals are now studied in National Parks. The Natural History Museum traces the geological evolution of the Rockies. There are displays of rocks and minerals, fossils and dinosaur bones, flowers and plants, a film on the eruption of Mt. St Helens, and a life sized model of "Big Foot," the legendary giant ape said to live in remote mountain regions.

For those interested in Banff before skiing, trains or Europeans at all, the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum offers an experience of the rich culture of the Natives of the Northern Plains and Canadian Rockies. Life sized scenes featuring ornamental costumes, teepees, travois and other artifacts depict Native arts and daily life. A visit at the Upper Hot Springs is a must at the end of your day. Bathe in the "sacred waters of the mountains" and discover a power over mind and body that is centuries old. Unwind in a spectacular mountain setting and soak in waters that have travelled deep into the earth returning to the surface hot and loaded with natural minerals. Indulge yourself with a massage, or let the cleansing power of aromatherapy or the deep penetrating heat of a mineral plunge bath restore body and soul.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Lake Louise

When is the best time to ski Lake Louise?

The direction which the various Lake Louise slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed fantastic conditions whatever the weather. Lake Louise has slopes facing N S E W.

Lake Louise Ratings & Customer Feedback
Average Rating 5 out of 5
We had our honeymoon here – this is the perfect resort if you want some alone time, lovely but quiet with the most scenic skiing in the Banff area. + more
Gary Davis, Kendle
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Families in Lake Louise

With a whopping 7 ice rinks, the enchanting forests of the Banff National Park and at the heart of it all, the monumental Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise is a winter paradise for families. You don't have to know the Frozen soundtrack inside out to appreciate the soaring architecture of the lakeside Fairmont Chateau, nor the thousands of child-friendly features within. Specifics change with the seasons, but events usually include appearances from Santa and the Easter bunny over school holidays, with services like childcare and restaurant deals (in the past including kids under 5 eating free!) looking set to continue. Last time we checked, other offerings included after dark expeditions, 2 snow tubing parks, a climbing wall and a cinema - ensuring even the sulkiest teens will thank you for bringing them.

Over in the ski area, child-friendly skiing is plentiful with the Minute Maid adventure park, a progressive beginner's area, tonnes of wide open and pretty forested greens. The unique piste system here is arranged so that families can split between different graded runs at the top of a lift and still meet at the bottom. Friendly ski instructors will collect and drop kids off in day-care from their lessons, while the Terrain park under the Grizzly Express was the venue for the 2014 Snowboard Cross World Cup; a big draw for teenage freestyle fans.

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"Wonderful honeymoon"

Gary Davis, Kendle
5/ out of 5
We had our honeymoon here – this is the perfect resort if you want some alone time, lovely but quiet with the most scenic skiing in the Banff area.
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Gary Davis