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Lake Louise

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Ease of Access

The small village of Lake Louise is quieter and more intimate than neighbouring Banff. With just a five minute drive to its ski hill and glorious scenery, characteristic of the Canadian Rockies, it is also one of the most fabulous places to ski and stay. Mt Norquay at Banff and Banff Sunshine ski areas are also within easy travel, and are included on the same lift ticket as Lake Louise.

There is much to appeal to all levels of skier and boarder, but more advanced intermediates and experts have most to relish.
Lake Louise Ski Resort 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.

A visit to Lake Louise Ski Resort 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.


Off the slopes, there are plenty of different ways to enjoy the majestic scenery, including dog-sledding, skating, ice-climbing and tobogganing. Several different guided snowshoeing tours depart daily, including a wildlife tour to learn more about the local flora and fauna and how they survive the winters, and another that departs in the evening to experience a winter forest at night.

Tubing is also available at the Sunny Tube Park at the base of Lake Louise mountain. A popular activity for couples is to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride round the frozen lake with a fireside stop, champagne, chocolates and a buffalo robe to help keep warm under the expansive starry skies. Larger sleighs are also available for family tours during the daytime and evening.

You can also sample the delights of the towns’ spas, and Banff’s Upper Hot Springs are a short distance along the Trans-Canada Highway and can be reached on the Ski Bus. Maybe even consider a visit to Calgary to watch the Flames play Ice Hockey.



SkiBig3 Lift Pass

This is one ticket allowing you to ski Mt Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Banff Sunshine. 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 Rentals

The resort offers a wide variety of skis to suit all tastes, skill levels and snow conditions. Prepurchasing your rentals through us will save you about 10%.


Lake Louise Ski School

We can prebook your ski lessons at Lake Louise, available for all abilities and for ages 3 years and upwards. Please be aware that children under 12 years old must wear a helmet for their ski lessons.

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 / 454 cm

Vertical drop
3,250 feet / 991 metres

Lift capacity
13,716 skiers per hour

Number of runs
145 plus back bowls

Ski season
Nov 10 to early May

Number of lifts
10 including 1 gondola, 1 six-pack & 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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