Spectacularly scenic, ‘Louise’ as it’s known to locals and regulars is part of the Banff National Park. The biggest ski area in the Banff region lends itself as four different mountain faces for you to explore and stages annual world-cup races annually in November. Lake Louise’s ski season fits in with the Canadian tradition of long and reliable snow-sure seasons. 40 minutes from Banff, it was originally a railway siding where a luxury hotel, named Chateau Lake Louise, was built to capture day-trippers going to see the emerald waters of Lake Louise itself. As it resort it hasn’t grown much more, there are roughly 4 hotels plus shops, and of course the skiing.
Skiing in Lake Louise
The unique skiing layout in Lake Louise is fantastic for mixed ability group ski holidays. Wonderfully, down from every chair lift you’ll find beginner, intermediate and advanced runs! So there’s something for everyone to enjoy – great for family ski holidays. This Rockies resort is great for beginners, because as soon as you can link those turns, you’ll be cruising down from the top peak.
Steep tree-lined runs, wide powder bowls, moguls and well groomed pistes all add up to make the Lake Louise resort an exciting skiing holiday destination. Eclipse Ski recommends basking in sunshine all day long as you ski in Louise. Start your day at the South Face and follow on through Larch, Ptarmigan and finish at famous Black Bowls. The Lake Louise ski area has some great back bowls for the exoerts to try their powder skills in, plus lots of tree lined runs to suit all abilities. One Eclipse Ski hot tip is to avoid skiing at the weekends if possible as this is when the local day-trippers from Calgary and Edmonton come to ski. You can buy lift passes here for each resort individually, or the “tri-area” pass which covers them all. But there is nothing to stop you basing yourself in Banff and only skiing Sunshine for example, as buses will still take you to the hill where you have a lift pass for.
Snowboarding in Lake Louise
As with all Canadian resorts, snowboarders in all 3 area are well catered for, and tuition is excellent. Some lesson packages offer lessons in a different ski area (out of the 3) each day, letting you combine learning with exploring the area guided by a local expert. If you’re going snowboarding in Lake Louise you’ll find many a trail to keep you busy with fantastic freeriding terrain, particularly at Purple Bowl in Larch. Keep your wits about you as it’s illegal for boarders to ride in the marked out ‘avalanche danger areas’. Easy access powder can be found by staying in the boundaries of the back bowls at Summit Plater. Snowboarders seeking a park to play in will love The Jungle, which is reached from the Olympic chair. The Louise Snowboard School is excellent with courses for beginners through to advanced; if you fancy perfecting your skills on a snowboarding holiday in Lake Louise.
Accommodation in Lake Louise
The pretty ski resort village is dominated by luxury hotels and lodges. Self-catered apartments are also available for those looking for a bargain Canada skiing holiday.