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Located in Banff National Park Lake Louise is one of the most scenic and spectacular resorts in Canada. It is part of the 3 major Banff Mountains; Lake Louise, Mt Norquay and Sunshine. The one lift pass is valid at all 3 resorts.

Lake Louise Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Lake Louise is naturally divided into three areas; the frontside, the backside and the Larch area. The terrain between the three areas is made up of extreme steeps, huge powder bowls, heavily treed areas, long groomed linked trails and gentle beginner areas.

The mountain is very well laid out with almost every lift offering a beginner, intermediate and advanced trail making Lake Louise a great choice for groups and families of differing abilities to be able to ski and snowboard together.

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Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Lake Louise

For great tree skiing and snowboarding on the frontside head for trail #35 accessed via the Paradise Chairlift, it leads down into very heavily treed terrain. Trail #2 and #90 leading down to the base area are renowned for huge moguls.

Above the tree line in the massive backside powder bowl area the ungroomed Ultimate Steeps and Hector Ridge terrain is all marked double black diamond and littered with cliff drops and natural gullies.

In the Larch area the tree skiing and snowboarding is best on the right hand side of the Larch Express Chairlift on runs #88 and #69.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Lake Louise

Intermediates can enjoy long linked corduroy groomed cruisers across Lake Louise before testing themselves on some of the steeper powder areas in the backside powder bowls.

For some good GS turns on the frontside catch the Summit Platter Chairlift up above the tree line to access trails #8 #9 and #91 they are fantastic after a snowfall.

Also accessible from the Summit Platter Chairlift is trail #30 in the powder bowls. The fast trail winds between double black diamond ungroomed areas and links with trail #110 that continues through the Larch area.

In the Larch area the tree lined trails #25 #26 and #23 are steep for intermediate standards making them quite a challenge.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Lake Louise

On the frontside beginners learn to ski or snowboard in the base area on the gentle slope #6 serviced by the Sunny T-Bar and a magic carpet.

Once confidence grows catch the Glacier Express Chairlift up to access the green #1 trail back down to the base area. From the top of the Grizzly Express Gondola trails #15, #14 and #18 are long and winding.

On the backside of the mountain, in the powder bowls area trails #15 and #29 will take beginners for a long ride back down to the frontside base area. For an extra long run catch the Paradise Chairlift up from trail #15 before winding along the ridge on trail #34 and linking back with trails #15 and #29.

The Lake Louise Ski and Snowboard School has beginner programs, children’s programs and group and private lessons.

The ski school has a First Tracks private lesson giving guests an option to ski or snowboard with their instructor on the slopes before the lifts open to the public.

Lake Louise Terrain Park and Halfpipe

The Lake Louise Terrain Park is located on Easy Street under the Glacier Express Chairlift.
The park has over 30 jumps, table tops, hits and rails all of varying sizes suited to differing ability levels. It is meticulously maintained with new features added regularly throughout the winter season.

Lake Louise Heli Skiing and Snowboarding

RK heliski have access to 930 square miles of powder filled open bowls, forests and endless powder pistes in the Purcell Mountains. One, two and three day packages with professional guides are available for intermediate advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders. RK Heliski is located at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Other Activities at Lake Louise

Other activities at Lake Louise include dog sledding, ice skating, horse drawn sleigh rides and cross country skiing.

Shopping at Lake Louise

The Sports Alpine Ski and Sports Boutique inside the Lodge of the Ten Peaks in the base area at Lake Louise has all skiing and snowboarding requirements covered with the latest on mountain equipment and fashion. A small repair shop is also located in the Lodge of the Ten Peaks.

The nearby town of Lake Louise has a selection of sports stores whilst over 200+ shops are found in Banff; a short 40 minute drive from Lake Louise.

Lake Louise Restaurants

Lake Louise has no on mountain accommodation just 4 day lodges.

The Lodge of the Ten Peaks in Lake Louise’s base area has a large food court open from 7.30 am to 5pm, a coffee bar and a fine dining restaurant. The lodge is home to the popular après ski spot the Powderkeg Lounge open until 6pm every day.

Also located in the base area is Lake Louise’s original day lodge Whisky Jack Lodge. It has a large viewing sundeck and a cafeteria.

Sawyers Nook Restaurant is in Temple Lodge in the Larch area. The restaurant serves traditional pizzas and hearty burgers.

On Friday nights head to the Whitehorn Lodge at 6,750 feet on the frontside for a five course gourmet meal accompanied by live music before being guided down the mountain by torchlight.

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Rene Richards, Sydney , Lake Louise is TOTALLY THE TOPS. What a remarkable place, from the extreme steeps to the terrain park everything was awesome. The Larch Express Chair was one of our favorites, some of the trees underneath had some of the softest deepest snow I've ever ridden as were the absolute ENORMOUS back bowls. The Whitehorn Lodge was our daily lunch stop and on a sunny day it was like sitting in a post card, I have never seen better mountainous vistas. If you are looking for a place for your next mountain getaway go no further than the magnificent Lake Louise!

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Average Snowfall
150 inches
Trails - view map
4,200 acres
Terrain %
Terrain Park
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