Lake Louise

Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke



Lake Louise Ski Resort is the Canadian Rockies' biggest ski resort with over 1,700 ha of ski terrain. It's also one of the most beautiful ski resort in the world, located within Canada's first National Park - Banff National Park. Lake Louise has tons of terrain on four mountain faces including the Front Side, Larch, Paradise, and the Back Bowls, and one of the longest seasons in North America from early November to May. Located just 5 minutes from the pretty village of Lake Louise, The Post Hotel and the famous Chateau Lake Louise, the ski resort is also near the town of Banff and even more skiing at Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Lake Louise vs
Lake LouiseMount Norquay
beginner25 %20 %
intermediate45 %36 %
advanced19 %28 %
expert11 %16 %
total runs145 60
ski area1,700ha 77ha
summit elevation2,637m 2,450m
total lifts10 6
child lift ticket$39 CAD ($42 AUD) $29 CAD ($31 AUD)
adult lift ticket$104 CAD ($111 AUD) $74 CAD ($79 AUD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall277cm 71cm

Lake Louise Reviews


4.4 / 5

based on 32 reviews

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4.8 / 5

Jun 06, 2018
Adam J. Adam J.
advanced snowboarder
Lake Louise is by far the most family friend resort I have ever skied, but the real gem of the Rockies came alive when we met some of the local staff and residents who showed us the truly magical spots!... More
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Apr 24, 2018
Michael R. Michael R.
advanced skier
Lake Louise is an absolute gem- great mix of terrain from trees to wide open groomers to mogul filled bowl to simple cruising lines -framed by some of the best mountain views in the world! Lovely log mountain base lodge and fun beer patio for apres. It’s all about the skiing and the layout though!... More

4.7 / 5

Dec 05, 2017
KPKate P.
advanced skier
My boyfriend and I were here last winter. He had never seen snow before let alone skied. Although he was (and still is a novice) he loved every moment of it and so did I. Staff were friendly and helpful, the food and drinks were perfect and hills themselves were the best I’ve ever skied.... More

4.9 / 5

Dec 05, 2017
NMNicholas M.
intermediate skier
I’m a man of few words. Lake Louise is spectacular in summer and paradise in winter. This resort has something for everyone at every stage. Restaurants, bars, activities. Whether you’re 10 or 110 you’ll find something you’ll love.... More

4.5 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
GSGenadiy S.
advanced snowboarder
Excellent POW and huge terrain to enjoy it. I got lucky to snowboard in 40 cm of fresh pow. Lifts were fast and plenty. It is a long drive from BC though, especially if you are in the lower mainland. ... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
BLBen L.
advanced skier
Huge resort. Lots of really fun hike in back country runs on the backside. You would need a few days to fully explore this whole resort. Great for all levels although more options for intermediate to advanced.... More

4.2 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
CMChris M.
expert skier
On its day, with new snow, the lake is hard to beat. Its a bit further from Banff, so expect a longer drive or bus ride, but once there, you can be rewarded on a great day. The back side and the t bar, with fresh snow, are amazing. Just as good as some much harder to access areas in other resorts. On a powder day, get to the top of the tee bar and... More

3 / 5

Nov 03, 2013
Best for February/March. Too cold iin Dec & early Jan. But good skiing.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Sep 21, 2013
This is my all time favorite place to visit even if there isn't skiiing involved. I first visited when I was a child, so I have a lot of good memories in Banff
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jun 05, 2013
I like the scenery around banf about the same as Whistler, but we find the lower temps a bit harder to take. In Whistler, you still get the snow but the climate just seems to be gentler.
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Banff, Alberta

Lake Louise
25% 45% 30%
Mount Norquay
20% 36% 44%
Banff Sunshine
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