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The Lake Louise Ski Area

The Lake Louise Ski AreaLake Louise, Alberta, Canada

  • Published Monday, December 17, 2012
  • Updated on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Lake Louise Ski Area is the giant of Canadian skiing!
With over 4,200 acres of terrain spread across four mountain faces, Lake Louise offers unparalleled skiing and riding just minutes from the Village of Lake Louise.


The exceptional layout allows families and groups of all abilities to ski together with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair. Beginners and intermediate skiers have access to an abundance of gentle slopes and long cruising runs. Experts can explore endless chutes, glades, gullies and remote bowls in some of the Rockies' most challenging terrain.
When visiting Lake Louise, be sure to take your camera! The spectacular views of mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests are truly unique.

Surrounded by National and Provincial Parks, the resort communities of Banff and Canmore, Alberta are truly unique.  The Town of Banff is located in Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park. With one of the longest ski seasons in North America, the three resorts in Banff National Park offer world class skiing from early November to late May. As the three resorts of Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, and Norquay are all located in the National Park all three offer unmatched beauty and wilderness; do not be surprised to see elk, bighorn sheep, cougars, and even grizzly bears in and around the ski resorts.  With minimal development around each resort, you have a truly unspoilt skiing experience. With over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, 26 lifts, 274 runs, and known for their light champagne powder, the Big Three offer terrain for all levels of riders. Lake Louise hosts the early season men and women’s world cup in late November. All three resorts host everything from junior racers, big mountain competitions, ski randonee races, celebrity ski days, to rail jams and park competitions.  Both Banff and Canmore offer easy access to the three ski areas along with other local ski resorts such as Nakiska and Fortress Mountain Cat Skiing in Kananaskis Provincial Park and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden BC.
Nestled in the heart of the 6,641 square kilometer Banff National Park, the town of Banff has been drawing visitors for over 100 years. The famous Banff Hot Springs were discovered in 1883 during the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway and have drawn visitors from all over the world since.  Located in the eastern Canadian Rockies, only 126 km from Calgary, Banff and Canmore have easy access to the Calgary International Airport.  With a bustling nightlife and arts scene, the town of Banff is home to 8,000 residents.  The Banff Centre for the Arts hosts the Banff Mountain Festival every fall just in time for you to start dreaming about the ski season.  

Canmore is located 22 km southeast of Banff along the Trans-Canada Highway on the way to Calgary. Most second homeowners choose Canmore for the wide variety of properties available and easy access to the mountains and Calgary. This community of 18,000 residents was host to the 1988 winter Olympics and the Canmore Nordic Centre is located right in town. With over 65 km of groomed trail, the Nordic Centre is home to the both the National Cross-Country and Biathlon teams.  Canmore is also home to world-class mountain biking, fly fishing, and climbing.  Located along the eastern border of Banff National Park, Canmore is nestled in the Bow Valley with the soaring peaks of the Three Sisters a prominent landmark.  To the south lies Kananaskis Provincial Park and to the east and north the Bow Valley Wildlands.
For the more adventurous, both Banff and Kananaskis parks offer incredible backcountry skiing with everything from glades to glaciers.  For cross-country skiers, the area has many groomed trails including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
Both towns are located along the Trans-Canada highway, are about an hour’s drive from Calgary, and are easily accessed via automobile or bus. The closest international airport is Calgary, while Sprinbank services smaller aircraft. There is a regional transport system called ROAM between the two towns and a paved bike path. The ski areas are accessed via car or ski shuttle.

www.skilouise.com
The Lake Louise Ski Area
Box 5, 1 Whitehorn Road
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
T0L 1E0
Phone Toll Free: 1(877) 956-8473 (9-Louise)
Phone Local: (403) 522-3555
Fax: (403)522-1301
Email: info@skilouise.com

Dates of Season: Early November to Early May*
*weather dependent

FACTS:

Trails & Terrain:
Terrain: 4200 acres
139 runs + back bowls
Terrain Difficulty: 25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Longest Run: 8 km
Terrain Parks: The Showtime Terrain Park – Lower Wiwaxy

Snowfall & Temperatures:
Average Snowfall: 454 cm annually
Average High Temperature: December -7.6ºC, February -2ºC, April 7.1ºC
Average Low Temperature: December -20.4ºC, February -18.1ºC, April -6.7ºC

Elevation:
Summit Elevation: 2637 metres (8650 feet)
Base Elevation: 1646 metres (5400 feet)
Vertical Drop: 991 metres (3250 feet)

The Lake Louise Ski Area statistics
Season Length    November – May
Hours of Operation    9:00am – 4:00pm (winter)
Vertical    991 metres (3250 feet)
Base Elevation    1646 metres (5400 feet)
Peak Elevation    2637 metres (8650 feet)
Acreage    4200 acres
Average Snowfall    454 cm (179 in)
Trails    139 runs + back bowls
Terrain    25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Longest Run    8 kms (5 miles)
Cumulative Length of Runs    Over 100 kms (62 miles)
Lifts:    1 High speed 6 passenger chairlift, 1 High speed 6 passenger gondola, 2 High speed quad chairlifts, 1 Quad chairlift, 1 Triple chairlift, 2 T-bars, 1 Carpet

HOW TO GET THERE:

Planes:
Calgary International Airport – 198 km

Automobiles:
Lake Louise is on the Trans-Canada Highway and is accessible from the east viq Banff, Canmore, and Calgary; or from the west via Golden and Revelstoke. At the Lake Louise turnoff, follow the signs to the Lake Louise Ski Area approximately 3 km.along Whitehorn road. There is ample surface parking around the main lodge.

Calgary to Canmore    103 km (64 miles)
Canmore to Banff    24 km (15 miles)
Calgary to Banff    126 km (78 miles)
Banff to Lake Louise    59 km (37 miles)

Calgary Airport Car Rental Companies

Avis Rent-A-Car
Budget Rent-A-Car
Dollar Rent-A-Car / Thrifty Rent-A-Car
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Hertz Rent-A-Car
National Rent-A-Car /Alamo Rent-A-Car

Banff Car Rental Companies

Avis Rent-A-Car
Budget Rent-A-Car
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Hertz Rent-A-Car

SNOWBus:  
CALGARY SKI BUS
The Lake Louise Ski Area - Calgary ski bus will be running to Lake Louise each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the regular season. All rates include full day lift ticket and return transportation from Calgary.

CALGARY AIRPORT BUS SERVICE
Banff Airporter offers multiple daily transfers from Calgary Int. Airport to Banff and Canmore. Lake Louise is accessible through an affordable private connection.


BANFF HOTELS TO THE LAKE LOUISE SKI AREA
Daily bus service is available between Banff Hotels and the Lake Louise Ski Area via the Lake Louise Ski Bus Express. For more information, see the Ski Bus Express schedule and rates.

LAKE LOUISE HOTELS TO SKI AREA
Fast, free and frequent shuttle service is available daily. See the Ski Area Express for the hotel and ski area departures times.

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