Lake Louise Mountain Resort

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Lake Louise
Resort Summary
Resort Name Lake Louise Mountain Resort
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Resort Altitude 1661 - 2636m
Winter Season Mid Nov - Mid April
Terrain Overall: 130 runs 4200 acres
Beginner: 40%
Intermediate: 42%
Advanced: 18%
Lift System 11
Highest Lift 2636m
Lowest Lift 1661m
Vertical 991m (3250 feet)
Longest Run 8km (5 miles)
Avg Snowfall 380 cm
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports Skating, dog-sledding, ice skating, snowmobile, tobogganing, sleigh rides.
Facilities
Nearest Town Banff (30min)
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


Overview 

Lake Louise is situated in the Banff national park and has one of the most spectacular backdrops in the world. It has a wide variety of runs and many of the back bowls are ungroomed resulting in a great choice for more advanced skiers and boarders. The resort is quite spread out as well which reduces congestion on the slopes.


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Location

The nearest airport is Calgary (YYC) which is 180km away. Banff is the nearest train station which is 60km away. Regular shuttles run between Banff and all the resorts in the area (Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay) which is free if you have a tri area ski pass.

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Contacts

Phone: (1 403) 522 3555

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Postal: Box 5 Lake Louise Alberta Canada TOL 1E0


Planning

Getting There

The town of Lake Louise is in Alberta with the closest airport being Calgary. Most people stay in Banff which is a 30min drive from Lake Louise on the trans-Canada highway.

Accommodation

On Mountain

There is some accommodation on mountain, or at least 5 minutes shuttle bus away. The Lake Louise Inn has rooms from hotel rooms to self contained apartments. The nearby Post Hotel is an upmarket hotel. There is also hostel accommodation. The real gem is the Chateau Lake Louise, one of the up market Canadian Pacific hotels that sits in splendid and luxurious isolation on Lake Louise itself.

Most people stay in Banff, and commute.

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Off Mountain

Banff is about 30-40 minutes away with regular shuttle buses to and from Lake Louise. Most people stay in Banff and commute. There is a full range of accommodation in Banff, from luxury to basic hostels.

Lift Tickets

Adult Day Pass is about $75CAD. Self-Serve ticket machines are available. Tri-Area passes with Sunshine and Mt Norquay are available and good value and means the $15CAD return trip bus ride from Banff is complimentary. Tickets are scanned regularly all day at the bottom of the Glacier chair and Gondola.

Ski School

It exists.

Equipment Hire

The rental shop is located on the lower level of the 10 peaks lodge. Advanced ski and boot packages are available, inculding Head Monsters, Rossignol B2's and B3's, Rossignol Zenith 9s, Head XRC1200, Head phat thang, Head Sweet thang, and Dynastar ledgend 8800.

There are no performance snowboard packages available. Snow Blades are not rented.

Wilsons sport store in the town rents Alpine skis and Boards as well as Alpine touring gear, Telemark gear, Cross country skis, ice skates, camping gear and Avalanche saftey equipment.

Chateau Lake Louise also has limited rental equipment.

Resort Facilities

Getting Around

The base area itself is quite small and there is no problem getting around.

There are regular free shuttles between the Lake Louise Inn, and the other accommodation.

There are buses to and from Banff, about 40 minutes away.

Parking

Free parking is available only a short walk from the base. Valet parking is available, although valets have occasionally lost a car or two.

Activities

Dogsledding is available at Chateau Lake Louise, not far away. Skating on the frozen lake is also available at the Chateau, and you can hire snow shoes and go for a walk around the lake.

The actual resort of Lake Louise is located inside a national park, which might explain the limited activities available at the area.

Dining

The 10 peaks lodge offers typical over priced fried food. The Asian marinated chicken baguette is the best option from the sandwich bar.

The restaurant in the Post Hotel is some of the best food I have ever eaten in a resort, and the prices reflect it.

Bars & Entertainment

There are several bars in the Lodge of the Ten Peaks and Temple Lodge on the backside. Most of the hotels in Lake Louise have there own bars. The Bar & Grill in the main shopping centre is busy every night, and the Lake Louise Inn has a Dj most Friday nights in winter. For more variety, a trip into Banff is called for.

Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

Apart from the very basic Sunny T and carpet, the best green runs are Wiwaxy, from the top of Glacier lift, and Look Out in the Larch area, which is the quietest green run on the mountain. Pine Cone Way is a quaint little tree run and avoids the traffic with most people going into the learning area of Wiwaxy.

Groomed Runs

Long wide groomers are common and there is a wide choice available, particularly on the front side. Camerons Way and Juniper Jungle are nice intermediates as well as Grizzly Gully, as long as its not too hard packed.

Mens and Ladies Downhill runs are groomed and usually pretty quick for those who seek it.

Off Piste

Anything in the Back Bowls. Catch the Summit Platter and drop into the Gully chutes. Boomerang Bowl is a great place to start for those not familiar with true alpine terrain.

Out of Bounds

West Bowl to the skiers right of the Summit Platter is steep and great fun. As usual take all precautions. Purple Bowl is accesible from a hike up elevator chute on Larch.

Cross Country

There is a large selection of Cross Country trails accessable from the town of Lake Louise. The trail report and trail maps can be found at Wilsons Sport store in town. They also rent Cross country gear.

Skoki Lodge is a 12km ski from Lake louise.

Parks & Pipes

There is a fairly extensive terrain park on the front side, not far from the base area. It is accessible from both the Glacier chair and the Gondola.

Bumps

Paradise Bowl. Perfect bumps. Tickety Chute and Tight Turns are nice short bump runs. Outer Limits and Motown off the summit platter have decent moguls also.

Powder Zones

The backbowls typically get more snow than the front side, and much less traffic, so powder can be found days after a dump. Tower 12 always has fresh snow on Larch. The Steep and Flat area underneath the Top of The World chair is a nice gladed area with not much traffic.

Sheltered Runs

Most of the front side runs are fine when the clouds roll in. Theres some narrow hidden terrain where old chairs used to be for the advanced to stay occupied. Avoid the Top Of The World Chair when is visibility is poor.

Snowplay

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Weather

Can be very cold. -20 not unusual in mid winter, and -30 possible. As with all mountain areas, can change very quickly, from 0 to -20 in only a couple of hours.

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