Nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, Lake Louise is home to 4,200 acres of skier and rider accessible terrain. Featured as the largest resort of the Big 3 (Banff, Lake Louise and Sunshine), spectacular views accompany Lake Louise's longest run at 8 kilometers (5 miles) and a total vertical rise of 991 meters (3,250 feet). There are also four terrain parks. At Lake Louise, skiers and riders of all ages and abilities will find something that meets their needs.
The nearest airport is Calgary International Airport, which is 2 hours from Lake Louise. The ski resort is 36 miles from the town of Banff. You can rent a car from the airport to get to either Lake Louise or Banff. There is a free shuttle between the village of Lake Louise and the ski resort, and one between Banff and the resort.
Beginners or intermediates will find an abundance of gentle slopes and long cruisers. Experts can explore endless chutes, glades, gullies and remote bowls at Lake Louise. For the freestyle skiers and riders, the Showtime Terrain Park offers progressive lines for all levels and abilities with jumps, rails, boxes and even an air bag jump on which to practice tricks. A Snow Cross course is available for skiers and riders to practice cambered turns, gap jumps, berms, drops with steep and flat sections as well. There are also the Tube Park and Beginner Fun Zone.
There are more than 145 runs serviced by 9 lifts with a lift capacity of more than 14,000 skiers per hour. The base elevation is 5,400 feet, and top elevation is 8,650 feet. The area receives on average 180 inches of snow per year. The breakout of the runs is 25% beginner, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced. The resort is typically open November through May.
Lake Louise offers lodging packages for stay and ski at great rates. Skiers and riders can take advantage of free mountain tours to explore the extensive terrain or participate in a fresh tracks experience. Other fun activities include sightseeing, snow tubing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and Torchlight Dinner and Ski events.
Lake Louise Ski Resort is not just the only place in Canada to host the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit; it’s also the first stop on it. It’s also hosted the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup. The mountain is open year-round, and you can go hiking, looking for wildlife, dog sledding, cross-country skiing and ice skating. Group and private lessons are available. Daycare is open to children 18 days to 6 years old.