Ski holidays in Lake Louise

Huge ski area, renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful settings

With almost 140 trails and extensive off-piste, Lake Louise has the biggest international cachet of Banff’s “Big 3” resorts (Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mt Norquay). Forty minutes from Banff, Lake Louise offers peace and tranquillity in one of the world’s most spectacular ski settings, with unspoilt views of magnificent peaks, glaciers and the iconic lake. From the Top of the World Express chair, the view along the Bow Valley is one of almost unsurpassed grandeur, with an unbroken chain of towering peaks with powerful names including Eiffel, Pinnacle and Babel, interspersed with hanging blue glaciers, and green valley floors. Lake Louise’s home ski area is the largest of the Canadian Rockies with some wonderful tree lined pistes as well as acres of open bowls. The Tri-area lift pass also covers extensive skiing in nearby Sunshine Village and Norquay. Just a handful of hotels and shops make up Lake Louise village, making it ideal for a peaceful getaway.

Added value

Early Booking Offers at selected hotels

Early Booking Offers for prebooked lift passes

Prebook your lift pass and receive one complimentary 'Banff Upper Hot Springs Pass' for every 3+ day SkiBig3 lift ticket purchased

Prebook your lift pass and receive a 'Whyte Musuem 50% off voucher' for every 3+ day SkiBig3 lift ticket purchased

  • from£1191pp
  • 554 rooms
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The magnificent Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers a high class of accommodation with beautiful scenic views of the surrounding mountains and frozen lake.

  • from£920pp
  • 247 rooms
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Nestled in a quiet location and offering stunning views of the Canadian Rockies, the Lake Louise Inn is a perfect base to explore the area and offers fantastic on-site restaurants and a warm and casual atmosphere.

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country

Beginners skiing in Lake Louise

There is a green run down from every chairlift as well as an excellent ski school, making this an ideal resort for beginners skiers.

Intermediates skiing in Lake Louise

Enjoy the huge area of the open bowls with 50 named runs at Lake Louise and plenty more at Sunshine Village.

Advanced skiing in Lake Louise

Check out the demanding steep powder skiing, challenging moguls or simply try the world downhill course to add to the Black runs of Norquay and Sunshine.

Snowboarding in Lake Louise

The specialized snowboard school offers excellent tuition and there is boardpark with half pipe, jumps and obstacles.

Related links:

  • Big 3 Ski Area includes Banff & Lake Louise

Mountain facts
Resort Altitude 1540m
Ski Alt. From 1384m
Ski Alt. To 2730m
Runs
62
132
80
Longest run 8 Km
Run Information

274 runs covered by Tri Area Ski Pass. Blue 20%, Red 55%, Black 25%. Longest run 8km.

Lifts Chairlifts 17, Draglifts 4, Gondolas 2, Magic Carpets 1
Lift Times

9am-4pm

Lift Ski LockersNo
Local Pass Lifts24
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Night Skiing

yes at Norquay - need own vehicle to get there

Nursery SlopesAt the base area " Lodge of the Ten Peaks"
Off-piste OptionsYes
Off-piste Restrictions

at own risk

Slope DirectionN, E, S, W
Snowpark Info

3 snow parks.

Things To Do

WINTER MUST-DO EXPERIENCES

APRES ACTION

Après is a way of life in Banff and Lake Louise. Whether you want a cold beer brewed with glacial water at the locals’ hangout, a hot chocolate by a log fire, or cocktails and dancing, you will find what you are looking for guaranteed. Don’t miss a chance to explore the town by night, it may even get a little wild.

 

There are so many options for food and drinks in the town of Banff and village of Lake Louise, from distilled spirits to microbrews, to delicious juices for breakfast, pizza or picnics for lunch, or Western style steak or vegan meals for dinner. Some of our favourites for food, drink, and nightlife are:

 

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Cross country skiing is a great way to explore Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies during the winter months. A vast network of classic and skate skiing trails provides plenty of options for all fitness levels. Banff, Lake Louise and Castle Junction trails are track-set and groomed regularly, giving you the choice of leisurely loops or more demanding routes. Pack a lunch, grab your gear and choose your ideal trail.

 

DOG SLEDDING

This unique experience can be tranquil at some times, and exhilarating and delightfully chaotic at others. Dogsledding is a must-do activity for any traveler, but especially so for dog-lovers or those wanting to experience a classically Canadian activity. Explore the rich history, culture, and techniques of dogsledding as your musher and dog team guide you through the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies.

 

ICESKATING

A favourite Canadian sport, ice skating on frozen lakes and playing shinny with your friends on an outdoor rink is an incredible way to enjoy fresh mountain air.

There are several indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks open during the winter in Banff and Lake Louise and the best part - 90% are free!

 

For a truly spectacular skating experience, you must try the iconic Lake Louise. Named as one of the “10 most beautiful ice skating rinks in the world,” by CNN Travel, the frozen lake is cleared and maintained daily by The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and has a heated shelter to warm chilly fingers and toes.

WINTER HIKING AND SNOWSHOEING

Two activities that are enjoyed by locals every day are winter hiking and snowshoeing. All you need is a warm jacket, a toque, mittens, and a pair of winter boots and you're set to experience our winter wonderland. If you're keen to experience something a little different, strap on some snowshoes and play in the freshly fallen snow.

 

ICE CLIMBING & BACKCOUNTRY SKIING

For the adrenaline-inspired, Banff National Park boasts some of the best ice and mixed climbing routes in the world. Imagine climbing up frozen waterfalls while you look down at a spectacular frozen creek below. For the best and safest experience hire an Alpine Mountain Guide for the day through Yamnuska Mountain Adventures.

 

Backcountry skiing is a spectacular way to find your inner mojo. It's an activity that can be both exhilarating and peaceful at the same time. You can fly by helicopter with CMH Heli-Skiing to a remote luxury backcountry lodge where thousands of feet of vertical and fresh tracks await, or you can ski the majestic Puracell Range with R.K. Heli-Skiing. Get out and explore!

 

 

 

JOHNSTON CANYON ICEWALK

The Johnston Canyon Icewalk traverses a series of steel catwalks that give spectacular views of the Johnston Canyon below. This popular ice walk leads you past the lower falls and to the breathtaking upper icefalls. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed.

 

RELAX AND REJUVENATE

Travelling is a great opportunity to nourish your body and soul, especially in a place like Banff and Lake Louise where you are surrounded by such majestic natural beauty - it’s difficult to not feel inspired here. Amongst the pristine wilderness, vibrant townships, and inherent peacefulness of the landscape, you will find relaxation and rejuvenation.

 

Hike up Tunnel Mountain just above the town of Banff to watch the sunrise; sit with a book by the Bow River; participate in a yoga or fitness class; savour the indulgence of a spa treatment; absorb the stillness and silence of the forest; or gaze upon the stars in the crystal clear sky. Banff and Lake Louise is a place where you can truly relax, rejuvenate, and renew.

 

  • Heli snowshoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Evening torch light dinner
  • Snowmobiling
  • Johnston Canyon Icewalk
  • Heli-skiing
  • Snow shoeing native walks
Ski Extras

Ski Packs for 2020/21 season

The Lift pass rates for 2020/2021 (book by 31 July 2020)

Whole area pass: (Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise & Mt. Norquay)

Days Season Senior 65yrs+ Adult 18-64yrs Youth 13-17yrs Child 6-12yrs
6 1 -16 Dec £262 £325 £262 £136
17 Dec -02 Jan  £333 £413 £333 £173
3 Jan -11 Feb   £262 £325 £262 £136
12 Feb -21 Feb £333 £413 £333 £173
22 Feb -5 Mar £262 £325 £262 £136
6 Mar - 20 Mar £333 £413 £333 £173
21 Mar -30 Apr £262 £325 £262 £136

Prices shown above are guidelines, please call reservations for exact prices of the lift passes.

Children (0-5yrs) can pick up a free lift pass locally.

Your lift pass can allow for a certain number of non-ski days and the following example grace periods:

  • 6 day tickets have 2 grace days and can be used within a period of 8 days respectively
  • 7-13 day tickets have 3 grace days and can be used within a period of 10-16 days respectively

 

Ski Hire & Tuition

Equipment Days Description Blue Red Black
Adult 6 Skis £132 £188 -
6 Snowboard or skis & boots £158 £206 -
Child (2-12yrs)* 6 Skis & boots £81 - -
6 Snowboard & boots £99 - -

*Child snowboard & boots = 6-12yrs. Please see here for description of hire categories.

 

TUITION Available to pre-book - 3 days (4 hrs per day) from £255

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

Useful Information
Information about Lake Louise
Resort Code CALO
Languages spoken English
Time difference GMT-7
Currency GBP
Latitude 51.426239
Longitude -116.177971
Meet Your Rep

Telephone rep service - Representative based in resort

Your rep in resort is a local expert and works on behalf of Inghams to make sure you have an enjoyable holiday and everything runs smoothly. They aim to contact you within 24 hours of your arrival.

Travel and Transportation
To Depart from Day
Calgary Heathrow Daily
Gatwick Mon/Tues/Thurs/Sat*
Calgary (via AMS) Regional airport** Daily

*Gatwick departures restricted to following holiday durations:

  • Monday (7,11,14 nights), Tuesday (10 nights), Thursday (10,11 nights), Saturday (11 nights)

 

**KLM flights via Amsterdam with choices of regional departure airport

  • (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Humberside, Teeside, Norwich, Liverpool, Leeds-Bradford, Newcastle)

 

Flying time: 9hrs direct

Transfer approx. 2hr 30min by coach,

Supplements apply on some flights.
Private transfers available.

 

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
  • Spectacular Rockies scenery & great skiing
  • Flights with top scheduled airlines
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