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Lake Louise

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Family Friendly


Off the Slope

Ease of Access

The small village of Lake Louise is quieter than neighbouring Banff but with just a five minute drive to its ski hill and glorious scenery, characteristic of the Canadian Rockies, it is one of the most fabulous places to ski and stay. In all three ski areas are on offer: Lake Louise, Norquay at Banff, and between the two, Sunshine.

There is much to appeal to all levels of skier and boarder, but more advanced intermediates and experts have most to relish.
Lake Louise is renowned for its Back Bowls, huge open spaces of steep and deep terrain, but its front-side and Larch areas are impressive too, both with plenty of interesting tree-lined slopes and offering stunning views across the valley to the lake itself and snow-capped mountains beyond. At 4,200 acres it is one of the largest ski areas in North America and certainly one of the most spectacular.


Off the slopes, there are lots of interesting things to do, including dog-sledding, skating, ice-climbing and tobogganing. You can also sample the delights of the towns’ spas and Banff’s Upper Hot Springs. Maybe even consider a visit to Calgary to watch the Flames play Ice Hockey.

A visit to Lake Louise can be easily combined with Kicking Horse or Jasper, as well as being a great twin centre stay with Banff. You can even include a heli-skiing trip – several heli centres are within a couple of hours drive. Plenty of choices for your Lake Louise ski holiday.


Tri Area Lift Pass

This is one ticket allowing you to ski Mount Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village. It also provides FREE daily transportation between Lake Louise and Lake Louise Ski area and FREE transportation 2 days a week between Lake Louise and Sunshine Ski Area.

- 3 & 4 day tickets have a 1 day grace period (e.g. 4 out of 5)

- 5, 6 & 7 day tickets have a 2 day grace period (e.g. 5 out of 7, 6 out of 8, and 7 out of 9)

- 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12 day tickets have a 3 day grace period (e.g. 8 out of 11, 10 out of 13, and 12 out of 15, etc.)

- 13 day tickets & longer have a 4 day grace period (e.g. 13 out of 17. etc.)

Lake Louise Ski Resort Ski Facts

Transfer / Driving Times
Calgary (2 1/2hrs)

Base elevation
5,400 feet / 1,646 metres

Terrain Park
Jumps, boxes, rails

Top elevation
8,650 feet / 2,637 metres

Avg annual snowfall
179 inches / 448 cm

Vertical drop
3,250 feet / 991 metres

Lift capacity
16,900 skiers per hour

Number of runs
145 plus back bowls

Ski season
Nov 8 to end of April

Number of lifts
10 including 1 gondola & 3 Quads

Skiable terrain 
4,200 acres - 30% advanced, 45% intermediate & 25% beginners

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Insider Tips


Snuggle up under a blanket with your loved one and take a horse-drawn carriage ride round the frozen Lake; this will earn you brownie points for longer skiing the next day!


The North Face Bistro in WhiskyJack Lodge is a favourite of the locals; head there for a great breakfast buffet, with lots of Canadian specialities.


Lake Louise is one of the only resorts where there are beginner, intermediate and expert runs down from every chair.


Looking for that perfect photo? The mid-mountain Whitehorn Lodge on the front side offers the most spectacular views.


Get a Tri-Area lift ticket and the Banff – Lake Louise shuttle buses are included in the price.

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at Emerald Lake Lodge

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at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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