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Lake Louise - Ski Area Guide

Lake Louise, Canada

Ski Resort in Canadian Rockies - 100km62 miles of Piste (1,650m5,413ft to 2,640m8,661ft). Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

For scenic grandeur, imaginative terrain design, and sheer size, the Lake Louise Ski Area ranks with the finest ski resorts in the world. Encompassing eleven square miles, spread over four separate mountain faces interconnected by a lift and trail system that is comparable to the European ski circuit concept, this is the largest ski area in Canada. Visitors from Europe, who may have been somewhat disappointed by the rather boring rolling hills on which some of North America's most famous ski resorts are located, will be mesmerised by the spectacular beauty of the place. In addition to over 100 named runs, some over five miles in length, Lake Louise offers thousands of acres of open powder bowls, glades and chutes.

 Lake Louise Snow News

The next notable snow forecast for Lake Louise is 17cm7in, expected on 13 December, with around 42cm17in forecast over the next 7 days. There is some snow currently indicated by the long-range (7 days+) forecast; but too far ahead to be relied upon.

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Who is Lake Louise good for?

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Intermediate Skiers
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Ratings for Lake Louise

Lake Louise Ski Area

Black Pistes
Expert Trails
96
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
26
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
17
Pistes
Number of runs
113
Downhill
Total Length
100km62 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
80km50 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
12
Piste and Lift Stats for Lake Louise

Lake Louise Ski Area Height

Max Vertical990m3,248ft
Highest Lift2,640m8,661ft
Lowest Piste1,650m5,413ft
Resort Altitude (Lake Louise)1,650m5,413ft
Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Lake Louise
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Lake Louise

The Canadian Ski Resort of Lake Louise has direct access to 100km62 miles of downhill skiing, with 113 individual pistes, served by 12 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,650m5,413ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,640m8,661ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

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 24,000 square foot Lodge of the Ten Peaks, located at the base of the ski hill, which opened for the '98-99 season. is a vast 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.

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.

Lake Louise Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Lake Louise.

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Usual opening - Early Nov.

Usual closing - Early May.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Lake Louise.

Where is Lake Louise?

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Lake Louise Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Lake Louise is able to augment natural snow, with 100 Snow Cannons.

Lake Louise Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 12 Ski Lifts of Lake Louise are able to uplift 18,790 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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