Lake Louise Ski Resort Stats:
Vertical : 3,250',
Summit Elevation: 8650'
145 marked trails plus back bowls , longest run 5 miles
10 Lifts: 1 Gondola , 5 Chairs , 1 Platter, 3 Carpets Lake Louise Photo Gallery Lake Louise Post Hotel Lodging Review
Lake Louise Ski Resort is the Canadian Rockies' biggest ski
resort with over 4,200 acres of ski terrain. It's also one of the most beautiful
ski resort in the world, see our Lake
Louise Photo Gallery, located within Canada's first National Park - Banff
National Park. Lake Louise has tons of terrain on four mountain faces including the Front
Side, Larch, Paradise and the Back Bowls, and one of the longest seasons in
North America from early November to May. Located just 5 minutes from the pretty
village of Lake Louise, The Post Hotel and the famous Chateau Lake Louise, the ski resort is
also near the town of Banff and even more skiing at
Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay.
Having skied Lake Louise, we can tell you the views are stunning, and the
terrain is vast. The Front Side is well served by two high speed quads, the
lower mountain Glacier Express and the aptly named Top of the World Express.
From the base, you can also take the 6-passenger Grizzly Express Gondola. Lots
of great cruisers flank the front side, as well as a few terrain parks and some
steep runs on the upper mountain. Lake Louise hosts World Cup Downhill racing
here every November. To get to the real summit, Mt Whitehorn at 8,652', you take
a Summit Platter lift, read: not ideal for snowboarders. This old school lift
does keep skiers and riders of lesser ability from accessing this more expert
terrain. The Back Bowls of Lake Louise remind us of Vail's Back Bowls. Lake
Louise's Back Bowls have countless double black diamond chutes and a few wide
open bowls for advanced and expert. The Canadian Rocky Mountains stretching out
in all directions are magnificent from this vertical vantage point, especially
Mt Victoria at 11,375'. There are just a few groomed runs on the Back Side, and
all the terrain funnels down to a cat track trail The Paradise and Ptarmigan
Lifts delivers you out of the Back Bowls back to the Front Side or you can
continue on to the Larch area, which is like Vail's Blue Sky Basin beyond the
Back Bowls for great glades and a few cool cruisers.
Lake Louise’s iconic location and impressive terrain are the headliners,
but the beautiful on mountain ski lodges are spectacular as well.
The grand timber Lodge of The Ten Peaks graces Lake Louise's front side base.
Inside the Lodge of The Ten Peaks is spacious with soaring log ceilings, ski
shops, services, a cafeteria and the Powderkeg Lounge and Great Bear Room
featuring table service and fireplace, big screen TVs. Next door, the original
Whiskey Jack Lodge has ski services and an upscale Northface Bistro where lunch
is served with Chef's buffet stations and a slope view.
The mid mountain Whitehorn Lodge reached by the Glacier or Grizzly Express
makes our Best Ski Resort Dining
in Canada list. Ski in to Whitehorn for a beer, a Bison Burgers or cheese fondue in
renovated alpine modern atmosphere. The real highlight though is the view of
Lake Louise and Temple Mountain's glaciers - bring your camera. Located on the
backside, Temple Lodge offers rustic charm in a log lodge with a large deck for
those sunny spring ski days. Temple Lodge is a the only spot for a break from
the slopes when you are skiing the back side, with a cafeteria and Sawyers
Nook restaurant. Just remember
you have to ski back.
The best après ski activities at Lake Louise is the Whitehorn Lodge Après Ski &
Dinner. In the afternoon you ski in to the Whitehorn Lodge for après ski drinks,
and dancing to live music while other skiers head down and home. Following
après, you get a freshly groomed run with a headlamp and the ski staff escorts.
A smorgasbord of food and more live entertainment await you at the Sitzmark
Lounge at the base.
There is no on-mountain lodging, Lake Louise is a National Park Land. For
Lodging at Lake Louise, the legendary Chateau Lake Louise perched on the glacial
lake, and the historic and posh Post Hotel in the quaint village of Lake Louise
are two grand ski lodging options. Both are very close by to the ski slopes and
both offer exceptional guest rooms, suites and fine dining in the heart of
Canada’s first National Park. or stay where Will and Kate lodged on their royal
honeymoon at Skoki Lodge, a 10-kilomter snowshoe or Nordic ski to a remote,
rustic - arguably romantic chalet with a private chef, but no plumbing.
Lake Louise Ski Resort is owned by Charlie Locke, interestingly he founded
Resorts of the
Canadian Rockies (RCR) in the 1990’s, growing his ski resort collection to eight
ski areas from B.C. to Quebec: Fernie, Kicking Horse, Kimberley, Nakiska,
Sainte Anne and Stoneham. In 2003, he sold RCR and then bought back his favorite
Lake Louise in 2008. Today his daughters Kim and Robin Locke are learning the
Lake Louise ski biz from their mogul father.