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.
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.