at a glance...

7748acres of pistes
1645m resort height
2.5 hours transfer time
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Resort overview

Lake Louise is located in the dramatic wilderness of Banff National Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its spectacular scenery – there’s a reason it’s one of the most photogenic destinations in the world.

Although a tranquil and peaceful resort, Lake Louise certainly doesn’t shy away when it comes to skiing. Over 4000 acres of skiable terrain in Lake Louise is set amongst beautiful glaciers, which makes it Canada’s second largest single ski area.

The iconic lake itself stretches 2.5km in length and freezes during the winter months to provide a scenic ice skating rink. The village which is home to most facilities and accommodation is just a few minutes from the lake.

Skiing in the resort

The Lake Louise ski area is great for all levels of skiers and boarders. There is a wide choice of long winding greens, cruisey blues or steep black runs, as well as tree-lined areas, powder bowls and mogul fields, making it ideal for groups of mixed ability. The Lake Louise ski area is just a 5 minute drive from the village and enjoys a long ski season running from November through to May.

Those on ski holidays in Lake Louise also have access to the 2 additional ski areas of Mount Norquay and Sunshine Village, which are serviced by a shuttle bus with the Tri-Area ski pass (also known as the Big 3 area pass).

Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay are located about 45 minutes from Lake Louise for those who wish to explore more of the Canadian Rockies.

Après ski

After the lifts close, there is often live music at the weekends around the base of the slopes, although generally, the après-ski in Lake Louise is low key. There is a small selection of bars and restaurants around the village itself, as well as the lounges at the iconic hotel - The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise which overlooks the lake.

For non-skiers, there are plenty of things to do including ice-skating on the lake, cross-country skiing, and snowshoe walks. Dog sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides are particularly popular with families. The Columbia Icefields are a few hours’ drive through Jasper National park and are definitely worth a visit.

Lake Louise works brilliantly in combination with a stay in Banff. The shared transfer times make it difficult to get to as a stand-alone resort (they don't match well with UK flight arrival times) unless you are happy to hire a car, in which case it's a lovely drive and you'll have the freedom to explore the whole area.

Best for...

  • Families
  • Relaxing
Accommodation in Lake Louise

Lake Louise village isn't massive, a kind of blink and you miss it sort of place but it’s more about the rugged wildness of the place and fantastic skiing. We offer village centre accommodation or for those wanting a little more escapism, right on the lake, the Fairmont Chateau is nothing short of spectacular.

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3* Deer Lodge
3* Deer Lodge

**Deer Lodge is closed for refurbishment for the 2019/20 winter season**

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Sauna
  • Wifi
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3* Lake Louise Inn
3* Lake Louise Inn

The Inn is like a little village in itself made up of five buildings houses with various accommodation types.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Pool
  • Gym
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5* Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
5* Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Overlooking the frozen lake, facing the Victoria Glacier and surrounded by pine forests, Fairmont Chateau is situated in the ski region of Lake Louise

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Steam room
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Resort guide

Lake Louise

The resort
Resort height - 1,645m
Highest point - 2,730m

Ski areaBanff Tri Area - 7,748 acres of piste

Lake Louise is the largest of the three area included on the lift pass. An expansive area with terrain for all levels from winding beginner runs to off-piste powder bowls and tree-lined glades.

Green runs 23%
Blue runs 39%
Black runs 38%

Lifts - 28

Season length - November to May

Resort ratings
Beginners - 3/5
Intermediates - 4/5
Experts - 4/5
Snowboarders - 3/5
Families - 4/5
Après - 2/5
Eating out - 2/5
Scenery - 4/5

Cross-country skiing | dog sledding | heli-skiing | ice skating | snowmobiling | snow shoeing | tubing | tobogganing | horse-drawn sleigh rides

Transfer time
Calgary - 2 hours 30 minutes

Lake Louise Tri Area lift pass
6 day lift pass from £347*
9 day lift pass from £520*

*early booking discounts are available (if booked in time that is)

Mads Brand & Digital Manager "Ice skating on Lake Louise is an experience not to be missed! The mountains frame the setting perfectly and sometimes they even have an ice castle!" View Mads' profile
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