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Lake Louise - Ski Resort in Canadian Rockies Super Pass, Canadian Rockies - 100km of Piste (1650m to 2640m)
There's an easy trail from the top of every chair. Daycare for children aged 18 days or older.
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The Canadian ski resort of Lake Louise is part of the Canadian Rockies Super Pass ski area and has direct access to 100km of downhill skiing, with 113 individual pistes, served by 12 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Lake Louise itself (100km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Canadian Rockies Super Pass ski resorts of Fernie, Kimberley, Mystic Ridge / Mount Norquay, Panorama and Sunshine Village-Banff.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Lake Louise is able to augment natural snow, with 100 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 12 Ski Lifts of Lake Louise are able to uplift 18,790 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
Skiing in Lake Louise
Lake Louise's skiing is spread across two mountains with four faces between them. You can ski in the sun all day by progressing between South face, Larch, Ptarmigan and the Back Bowls. All levels of skiing ability will be happy with the terrain at Louise. Despite its daunting size the area has been designed so that there's an easy 'green' run down from the top of each of the 11 chairs, as well as, of course, tougher terrain. There are gentle beginners' slopes at the base of the mountain but you can get on one of the chairs pretty well as soon as you can make a basic turn and return down one of the gentler trails such as Pika or Marmot.
Intermediate level skiers will find Lake Louise hard to beat, with trails of up to 8km (5 miles) in length providing wonderful long cruises and most of the terrain accessible to stronger intermediates. Many will want to get stuck in to the back bowls and the famous endless powder skiing - the ski school is a great way of making the most of both.
Expert skiers will find plenty to entertain them at Lake Louise: the Back Bowl skiing includes gladed and bump runs as well as open powder. An ideal introduction to the ski area is Lake Louise's Ski Friends program. Twice daily, volunteer hosts and hostesses who know and love Louise conduct free guided tours geared to the individual tastes of visitors. Two larger area passes are available.
The tri-area lift pass includes unlimited use of lifts at Lake Louise's neighbouring 'Banff ski areas' - Mount Norquay, the smallest and closest to Banff, and Sunshine Village. The pass, which can be purchased in advance over the internet, includes free use of the scheduled shuttle service between Banff/Lake Louise hotels & the ski areas and one free night's skiing (Friday only!) at Mount Norquay. The larger Canadian Rockies Super Pass covers seven resorts: Nakiska, Mount Norquay, Sunshine, Lake Louise, Panorama, Fernie and Kimberley.
The Canadian Rockies Group which owns Lake Louise, Fernie, Kimberley, Mont Sainte Anne and others, has invested heavily in the construction of spectacular base lodges to echo the spectacular ski area. Greatest of all is the 24,000 square foot Lodge of the Ten Peaks, located at the base of the ski hill, which opened for the '98-99 season. The spacious post-and-beam log building, constructed from local stone and timber, features a wrap-around sun deck and a wonderful river rock fireplace which stretches to the height of the two-story, vaulted ceiling. The Lodge houses a cappuccino bar, cafeteria, smoke-free après-ski bar, retail and rental shops, as well as customer service.
Snowboarding in Lake Louise
One of the best North American destinations for boarders thanks to its vast and varied terrain, natural features and laid back attitude, Lake Louise added a new snowboard park recently complete with half pipe, quarter pipe and plenty of other obstacles to keep park fans entertained.
Lake Louise's Snowboard School is also recognised as one of Canada's best, and largest. The variety of tuition packages is one of the biggest in the business and includes beginner and experienced 'boarder camps, private and group lessons, the newly introduced 'Shreddies' classes for kids aged 7 to 12 and daily clinics in Half pipe or Freeride technique.
Lake Louise Aprés Ski
Lake Louise is an 'away from it all' destination and is certainly not a hedonist's heaven after the lifts close. Most skiers and 'boarders either stay in their own accommodation, make a trip over to a neighbouring one, or head for the bright lights of Banff.
The Glacier Saloon in the chateau Lake Louise, which doubles as a night club, is generally regarded as the best spot in the resort for a lively night out. Alternatives include the Outpost in the Post Hotel and the Explorers lounge.
Other attractions include sleigh rides, skating, Wild West evenings and night skiing at Mt Norquay on Fridays.
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Lake Louise in brief
Lake Louise Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 3, 2012
Closed : May 4, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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