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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 


Luxurious boutique hotel in Banff National Park offers Internet access, indoor pool, indoor hot tub, sauna, spa, restaurant and more. 

Extra person charges may apply 

$249 and up 


The Lake Louise Inn 


Offering standard hotel rooms and suites, from budget to luxury.  Amenities include indoor pool, indoor hot tub, sauna and restaurant.  

Extra person charges may apply 

$149 and up 

The Post Hotel & Spa 


Hotel rooms, suites and cabins are available.  Amenities include  include indoor pool, indoor hot tub, restaurant and lounge.

Extra person charges may apply 

$335 and up 









See Lodging for additional accommodations at Lake Louise and in Canmore and Banff.



Northface Bistro


Sawyer's Nook


The Powderkeg 

  • See Dining for additional restaurant options. 




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Lake Louise

Spectacular scenery awaits at Lake Louise with uniquely beautiful terrain that is both vast and varied. The wilderness is pristine and inspirational. Located in the heart of majestic, historic Banff National Park, Lake Louise is truly legendary and offers world class terrain. With 4200 skiable acres, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. The unique layout allows families and groups of varying abilities to ski together; there are beginner, intermediate and expert runs down from every chair. Beginners and intermediate skiers have access to an abundance of gentle slopes and long cruising runs. Experts can explore endless chutes, glades, gullies and remote bowls in some of the Rockies' most challenging terrain.

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Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma1
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Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad2
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Lifts-Total number of lifts9
Lifts-Total lift capacity13,716 per hour
Trails-5-Terrain parkYes
Trails-Total139 runs + back bowls
Runs-Longest run8 km (5 miles)
General-Base elevation5400 ft
General-Vertical drop3250 ft
General-Back country accessYes
General-Total area in bounds4200 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: any type of terrain that you could possible imagine is here

Cons: spotty snow coverage, big ass rocks

Started working there in the winter of 95. Been skiing there ever since. One of the best hills I've skied at. When there's snow. if it's a lean year, it can get pretty bullet proof. Spring skiing at Lake Louise is the BOMB! sweet corn, soft pow on the backside, sweet trees. This place really does have it all


Pros: Backside terrain, views

Cons: Tends to be windy and gets icy fast without fresh snow

Unfortunately I hit Lake Louise in March of 2015 during the worst season for the Canadian Rockies in 50 years.  With no recent snowfall the conditions were icy and windy.  I probably skied more off piste ice there than I ever have due to my nephew and son wanting to ski the whole mountain.  Having a Poma style tow lift to access the top of the mountain was unusual.  The backside has some nice terrain that reminds me of the back bowls at Vail.  I can imagine it would be lot better in good snow conditions which is why I rated it a 3-star.  From all the publicity it gets I was expecting a 4-star but could not find that 4th star.  For the area, snow conditions are generally better at Sunshine Village due to the higher elevation (especially if temperatures are warm) and terrain a Fernie is more challenging.  Still definitely worth a few visits.


Pros: Big, lot's of challenging terrain, awesome lodge, open until late in the season and some of the best snow conditions to be found anywhere.

Cons: a few rocks in the challenging areas

Spectacular scenery mixed with big vert and awesome terrain make Lake Louise an incredible experience for anyone. We visited lake Louise in late April and we were greeted with some incredible skiing conditions, Bluebird one day, snow the next in fact it snowed about 12" making for some darn fun pow-pow skiing. LIke everywhere in Canada the hospitality is Top notch. I highly recommend Lake Louise. 









Pros: View, Variety of terrain

Cons: Rocks, ice, poor trail setup on the frontside

Really an overrated mountain. sure there is alot of challenging terrain, but i wouldnt go on it if you want to keep your skis in good condition. horrible snow coverage. even the 10-11 season was brutal on the backside and it was an above average snow year. Rocks everywhere. ice all over the front side. Larch is the only half decent part of the mountain. save the time and go to Sunshine Village.


Pros: The View

Cons: Icy

Lake L is a great mountain, lots of trails to try but I find in Feb kind of cold and icy, but could be just that time of year. Hills are very fast and the view is just breath taking!


Pros: Terrain, wind sift on the backside, low crows on Paradise and Summit Platters, Scenery, Sidecountry

Cons: Not enough snow, Front Side can be Icy, Base can be busy at the beginning of the day, lodges are busy at lunch, limited lift infrastructure

I have skied Lake Louise more than any other resort. Growing up, I had a season pass to Louise and skied it extensively from 93-97. I moved to the East coast in 97, and returned in 2006 with one Banff vacation in between. Since returning, I haven't skied Lake Louise as often. This is mostly due to significant expansions to neighboring resorts (Fernie Doubled in size, Whitetooth turned to Kicking Horse, Castle installed their upper lift, and Sunshine opened the Dive and other steeper areas). Despite somewhat infrequent visits, I still love the hill.


If you want to have a great day on the hill, you need to understand wind patterns. This is true everywhere, but it is especially important in the alpine areas of the Canadian Rockies. We have high winds in general, and our snow if dry and light, and very easily transported. If one area is blown down to rocks or polished ice, you can be sure another area has its tracks filled by windsift. As the cornices would suggest, the back bowls are the recipient of a lot of transported snow.


Another key to finding the best snow is to be aware of a slope's orientation. The front side of Lake Louise faces South. This means that it is in the sun all day. If it has been a long time since the last snowfall, you will probably find the front side snow to be sun affected.


Elevation, of course is another key. The runs serviced by the top of the world, summit, and paradise chairs are the highest at lake louise. Larch Ptarmigan and the gondola service terrain that is of moderate information, and the terrain below the grizzly express is the lowest.


With that in mind, the runs with the best snow are serviced by the paradise lift, summit platter (back side) and top of the world (back side). The worst snow is off the grizzly express and gondola. Ptarmigan, Larch, the front side of the top of the world, and the front side of the summit can be a mixed bag, but it's generally pretty decent.




The terrain mix is obviously a big factor. There majority of the green runs are found on these lifts, and the green run serviced by the top of the world and paradise (saddle back) is mostly a catrack, and Ptarmigan's green feels like a road. There are a couple of worthwhile green runs off Larch though. There are also some decent "blue squares" elsewhere. The boomerang run shouldn't be missed by intermediate skiers. Unfortunately, the ride up the summit platter is a bit intimidating. Larch has the best collection of blue runs on the mountain. If you're an intermediate skier, you should at least make an effort to go to the larch area!


Even skiers who are more comfortable on steeper terrain seem to get suckered into the front side. I think the resort needs to do a better job of describing where the goods are. It should be frustrating for them to lose potential customers because they find the front side of the hill to be underwhelming or icy. People tend to stay on the side with the facilities, so encouraging them to explore should be a priority.


Anyway, as you can see, I really like the backside terrain, and I find the snow quality to be quire good. Unfortunately, snow quantity is low, so you should expect to hit rocks, especially if you are unfamiliar with the terrain. 


Other "issues'" with the hill is the congestion you will find on the front side between 9:30 and 10:30. Get there early to avoid line ups at the ticket office, bathrooms, and lifts. Nothing more frustrating than arriving later than you want, only to get in a long line to purchase tickets, and then another long line to get on the hill.


The lodges also seem under-built for weekend crowds. If you like to take lunch, and I do, stop at 11 or 2. 


The views are the best that I have seen in any North American resort.


If there was more snow, this would be a premier destination.