Lake Louise Mountain Resort
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.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
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.
- Good vertical.
- Spectacular scenery.
- Excellent long groomers.
- Awesome advanced terrain in the back bowls
- Can be very cold, and sometimes icy.
- Less snowfall than many BC resorts.
- No on-mountain accomadation.
- Both chairs leading from the back side to the front are long and slow. Only other option is the long flat ski out from the Larch Area to the base. This can get frustrating.
Phone: (1 403) 522 3555
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Postal: Box 5 Lake Louise Alberta Canada TOL 1E0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free parking is available only a short walk from the base. Valet parking is available, although valets have occasionally lost a car or two.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.