Lake Louise

Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke



Lake Louise Ski Resort is the Canadian Rockies' biggest ski resort with over 4,200 ac 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 area4,200ac 190ac
summit elevation8,651ft 8,038ft
total lifts10 6
child lift ticket$39 CAD ($30 USD) $29 CAD ($22 USD)
adult lift ticket$104 CAD ($79 USD) $74 CAD ($56 USD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall109″ 28″

Lake Louise Reviews


4.4 / 5

based on 32 reviews

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5 / 5

Apr 25, 2010
For the value Banff had all what we were looking for in a ski resort. The skiing, the apres ski, the cost, the slopes and the facilities

5 / 5

Sep 30, 2009
Great place because of proximity to 3 separate areas, always good and usually fresh snow at one of them, Banff town is a plus

3 / 5

Aug 26, 2009
Most impressive but not as accessable to me in the U.S.

5 / 5

Aug 01, 2009
If you are going to Banff...make sure you pay a little extra and stay at the world renown "Banff Springs Hotel" or the "Chateau Lake Louise". It is worth paying a couple of hundred dollars more to live like a king or queen!

5 / 5

May 10, 2009
Where else can you stay in luxury hotels and have 3 different ski resorts that you can take advantage of within a 50 minute drive?

5 / 5

Mar 18, 2009
Have skied lots of places and the snow here is by far the best

5 / 5

May 01, 2008
Ski Package pricing, and the fact that I never had skiied in Canada before
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 04, 2007
There are three ski resorts within 30 mins of Banff, and it is located in a national park, so it also has very beautiful scenery.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Feb 12, 2007
These comments are directed to Lake Louise in the Banff area. This mountain has the most stunning scenery of any mountain that i have ever skiied at. A close second is Heavenly
Very Good!

4 / 5

Apr 11, 2005
Banff is located in a national park and remains natural and pristine. Unlike Vail and Park City there is no glut of development and commerce. It is the most beautiful place in North America. Another plus,although less so than in the past, is the value.The skiing is varied and the lifts have gotten better every year.
Other ski resorts in

Banff, Alberta

Lake Louise
25% 45% 30%
Mount Norquay
20% 36% 44%
Banff Sunshine
20% 55% 25%