Lake Louise Skiing at a Glance
Summit Elevation: 8650′
Acres 4,200 acres, 145 marked trails plus back bowls, longest run 5 miles
10 Lifts: 1 Gondola , 5 Chairs , 1 Platter, 3 Carpets
Lake Louise Ski Resort is the biggest ski resort in the Canadian Rockies, one of three ski resorts located in Banff National Park, and its one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world. If your ski bucket list includes big mountain skiing, luxury lodging, stellar views and amazing on-mountain lunches, Lake Louise is your next ski vacation destination.
Skiing Lake Louise is an alpine adventure, with four mountain faces including the Back Bowls, and one of the longest seasons in North America. Its part of the Big 3 Banff ski resorts along with Sunshine and Norquay.
Swift lifts serve 3,250’ vertical on Lake Louise’s tame front side groomers to double black diamond chutes and a few wide open bowls for advanced and expert on the backside. To reach the real summit, Mt Whitehorn at 8,652′, you take a Summit Platter lift, read: not ideal for snowboarders.
Lake Louise views are stunning, with towering Canadian Rockies, Mt Victoria at 11,375′, and the legendary Lake Louise covered in glacial ice in winter.
Beautiful on mountain ski lodges are spectacular as well. Lodge of The Ten Peaks is grand timber and stone at the base, 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.
Whitehorn Lodge is mid mountain and ideal for ski in lunch, near the Glacier or Grizzly Express. Ski in for a beer, a Bison Burgers or cheese fondue in a lovely alpine modern atmosphere. The real highlight though is the view of Lake Louise and Temple Mountain’s glaciers.
Apres ski at Lake Louise is super fun at Whitehorn Lodge Après Ski & Torchlight Dinner. 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 are part of a torchlight parade, with your own headlamp, skiing at night on a freshly groomed run to the base. A smorgasbord of food and more live entertainment await you at the Sitzmark Lounge at the base.
Lake Louise is on Banff National Park land, so there’s no lodging at Lake Louise, that’s part of what makes it so naturally beautiful. No condos or slope side hotels
The best place to stay is Chateau Lake Louise perched on Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier. This 1890 grand castle has stunning views from every grand window. This four diamond property is a winter wonderland with ice-skating on the lake, dog sledding and skiing just 10-minutes away. Ask for the penthouse suite, Fairmont Gold level, to escape the daily tour bus visitors in the gorgeous lobby. Après Ski, go to the Chateau Spa, or the Lakeview Lounge, then enjoy fondue in the Walliser Stube. This is a Fairmont Hotel, sister to Banff Springs Hotel, Chateau Frontenac, Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Tremblant – all four-diamond ski properties.
The Post Hotel at Lake Louise is quieter but equally posh. This 1942 boutique Hotel in the quaint village of Lake Louise has an elegant lobby, beautiful fireplace bar with piano, a stellar Temple Spa offering massages and hot soaks in the pool and hot tub, and exceptional guest suites. Once called the Lake Louise Lodge, the Post Hotel cuisine and service are 5-star, like a private estate in the Canadian Rockies. Ask for a cozy cabin.
You must ski Lake Louise, considered among the most scenic ski resort in the world. Include a few days skiing Banff’s Sunshine Village Ski Resort 40-minutes away, and perhaps a ski safari to Kicking Horse and Revelstoke with heli skiing or cat skiing mixed in for the ultimate luxury ski adventure.