Lake Louise

Overview

Lake Louise is simply a stunning setting of tranquility and mother nature in harmony. From the pine covered mountains to the frozen lake across to the wall of ice that is the Victoria glacier - Lake Louise is like no other ski resort. The resort offers peace, calm and relaxation which for many is the  perfect antidote to the adrenalined high of a days skiing. 

The resort itself is little more than a collection of hotels, liquor store, and a petrol station; hardly sounds glamorous, but the reality is that it is a small tourist base in an astonishing location. The accommodation is positioned in the hamlet with the very impressive and Baronial styled Chateau Lake Louise residing in a lakeside setting away from the centre. 

The skiing at Lake Louise is sizeable by North American standards, covering over 4200 acres locally and totaling 7750 acres including Banff's two mountains. Being high and snow sure the white stuff is found in abundance with a mixture of tree lined trails and open snow bowls.  The skiing is located a short 5 minute bus ride away so this can put off guests obsessed with ski in ski out. However, we feel this isn't too much of a disadvantage as the buses are very civilised and it's quite a relaxing way to do things, it's all part of the laid back experience that Lake Louise offers.

Beginners start on the nursery slope facility and can then progress to the Ski-slow area that is patrolled against speeding skiers and boarders. There are numerous green runs to progress to from the Top of the World and Grizzly chairs. From the Grizzly chair beginners will be able to access a green on the back side that snakes around through Temple Lodge and then back into the pine tree lined run towards the Lodge of Peaks and the base station. The ski school in Lake Louise should not go without mention for its patient, kind, and fun approach for novices.

Intermediates will love to chance their arm (and legs) on the world cup runs, blacks but great fast fun. The unpisted powder bowls will provide good levels of challenges for intermediates keen to hone their skills and advance themselves too. 

Advanced skiers will want to hit the 2500acre of back bowls located in Lake Lou. It's a powder haven and great place for challenges ranging from glade skiing to open bowls, to moguls, to chutes and gullies, to natural hits. Add the terrain park into the equation and Lake Louise has it all.

Heli-skiing and excursions to Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village, Kicking Horse, Fernie, and Panorama are all possible too.

Positive

  • Scenery is second to none
  • Large ski area
  • Good value for money
  • Quiet and tranquil resort

Negative

  • Village is just really just a collection of  hotels
  • Can be very cold
  • Quiet nightlife

Offslope/apres ski

Lake Louise is a big summer attraction so it is fully prepared for the non ski market. Around the lake there is a choice of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, winter walking paths, and ice skating. set up for non-skiers. The Chateau has a heated pool and excellent spa facility with treatments available. Helicopter rides husky sledding and tubing can also be accessed nearby. Banff is a short 40 minute drive away too.

Dining in Lake Louise is mainly hotel based and there are not too many options but he standard of food and variety is good. 

The piste-side Powder Keg bar is lively after the lifts shut. In the village the Explorers Lounge and Outpost have a regular customer base. The Kokanee Cabin has live bands and a good atmosphere. If you are an apres ski fiend then Lake Louise will not suit and you may wish to venture over to Banff to experience a much busier and livelier time.

Our View

A stunning ski resort with fantastic scenery. Lake Louise offers off slope tranquility mixed with adrenaline fueled skiing. If you come to play hard and then relax this is the resort for you.

At a glance

Chalets:
0
Hotel & Apartments:
5
Pistes:
7750 acres
Resort height:
1630 metres
Top station:
2730 metres

Suitability

Experts:
4 stars
Intermediates:
5 stars
Beginners:
3 stars
Non-Skiers:
4 stars
Scenery:
5 stars
Resort charm:
3 stars
Nightlife:
2 stars