Lake Louise Ski Holidays
Deep within Banff National Park close to the shores of a vast frozen lake, lies the stunning resort of Lake Louise. Encircled by a dramatic backdrop of snow-laden forests and the peaks and glaciers of the Canadian Rockies, you couldn’t dream up a more idyllic setting.
Explore the slopes
Lake Louise boasts over 160 ski trails to suit skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities. On the lower slopes you’ll find gentle tree-lined runs, while the upper slopes are all about wide, open trails with spectacular views. Advanced skiers and riders can try their hand at the World Cup downhill run or head over the top of the mountain to play in vast snow bowls and exhilarating powder chutes.
Brand new in 2021 the West Bowl added an extra 480 acres of skiable terrain and the first expansion in Lake Louise for 25 years, all serviced by the new quad Summit chairlift.
The unique layout of Lake Louise’s ski area is made for mixed ability groups. With novice, intermediate and advanced trails leading off from the summit of every chairlift, you can happily explore, safe in the knowledge there’s a route down for everyone. Freestylers can head to the Showtime Terrain Park, one of the biggest in western Canada, while budding ski and snowboard cross racers can test their skills on the berms and jumps of the resort’s world-class Snow Cross course.
Enjoy the resort
The hamlet of Lake Louise is small and picturesque with a handful of shops and bars. Most of the resort’s dining and après-ski takes place within its superb hotels, making it a wonderfully tranquil destination for those who wish to focus their energies on the skiing. That said, there are also plenty of non-skiing activities to be enjoyed in Lake Louise, whether you fancy dog sledding through the forests, stargazing on a moonlit snowshoe tour, or ice skating on the frozen lake.
Lake Louise is located just 40 miles from the lively resort of Banff. With not one but two ski mountains to discover there (Banff Sunshine and Mt. Norquay), why not consider a twin-centre itinerary, spending time in both resorts? You can ski a combined total of 8,000 acres across all three mountains with a Tri Area lift ticket, which includes convenient daily transfers.
Where to Stay
Our featured Lake Louise accommodation offers a great mix of styles from exquisite five-star hotels to cosy inns and lodges. All are located just 5-10 minutes from the base of the Lake Louise ski area, with free ski shuttles regularly transporting guests to the slopes. If the idea of luxurious lakeside accommodation with first-class facilities appeals, we can’t recommend the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise highly enough. Situated right on the shores of the lake, it offers breath-taking views amidst classically beautiful décor. You’ll find rustic Canadian charm aplenty in Lake Louise’s mountain lodges and inns. Think roaring log fires, exposed timber and a warm welcome, with contemporary luxuries like rooftop hot tubs complementing things nicely.
Getting to Lake Louise
Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying from London into Calgary and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.
All of our holidays to Lake Louise include a shared shuttle transfer from Calgary, but the area is perhaps best explored with the flexibility of a self-drive car, SUV or minivan. We offer 'Gold' option car rental which includes all the mandatory taxes & fees, extra drive fees, fuel and ski rack. We can also offer vehicles with SatNav.
- Important information
Season Early November–Mid May Ski Area 4,200 acres Annual Snowfall 15ft Number of Lifts 10 Ski Range 5,400–8,650 ft Blue Runs 25% Red Runs 45% Black Runs 30% Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Calgary 2hr 30mins