Lake Louise

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “Excellent freeriding on four mountain faces, slap bang in the heart of the Canadian Rockies giving a sense of true remoteness. Nightlife here is limited, however Banff (population 8000) is located a 45 minute drive away and provides a livelier after hill scene. A 'Tri-Area Lift Ticket' lift pass gives you access and free transport to the trio of 3 ski areas in the Rockies - Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay. The first two complement one another well in their own individual ways and well worth riding. ”

Freeriding

80%

Trees and good off-piste

Freestyle

75%

A terrain park and pipe

Pistes

75%

Well pisted and long

Mountain stats

Top lift:2637m
Vertical drop:991m
Bottom lift:646m

LiftsLift count : 1 x Gondolas   6 x Chairlifts   2 x Drag-lifts   2 Magic carpets

Ride area 4200acres/100km

Easy
25%
Intermediate
45%
Advanced
30%
Total Pistes:113
Longest Piste:5miles (8km)

passes Pass (Low/High Season) : £46.78-50.02 Day, £280.65-300.14 Week

Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise Ski Area is a 2 -2.5 hour scenic drive from Calgary Airport. It is widely rated as one of Canada's best resorts and not without reason; terrain is vast and the powder infamously light and dry. The terrain on offer is spread out over 4 mountain faces and easily competes with major rival Whistler-Blackcomb's, even at half the size it is immense and varied. The sense of being on the edge of a raw, rugged wilderness differentiates Lake Louise from Whistler. The Rockies' scenery is jaw dropping, with intimidating looking sheer, rugged mountains towering all around. If trying to decide which resort to choose, it is a double edged sword. Terrain wise, both are fantastic. Rule of thumb: Whistler gets more powder but it is wetter and heavier than Lake Louise's light, champagne dry loveliness.While Lake Louise's slopes are crowdless it's also practically nightlifeless, while Whistler's slopes have (at times) got increasingly more crowded but there's an energetic, lively village with tons of nightlife. Hmmm!

The terrain on offer at Lake Louise consists of the Front Side/South Face, the Ptarmigan, Paradise and Back Bowls, and the Larch area that collectively provide slopes to suit all levels and styles of rider. The well-connected lift system includes a high-speed quad that can whisk you to the Top of the World in under ten minutes, from where you can access the Back Bowls with unlimited long tree-lined powder runs lying in wait at every turn. Cold and dry due to its altitude (top elevation 8,652 feet, base 5,400 feet) perched precariously astride the Continental Divide, be prepared with warm layers and rehydrate lots. 

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World Ranking

16th

Overall in the world

  • #18 best freeride
  • #37 best freestyle
  • #31 best piste riding

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