Lake Louise Resort Guide

Insider tips from our team

The Skiing

It is important to realise that you have to travel from your hotel to the skiing when staying in Lake Louise. The small village area where all the accommodation can be found is just a 5 min drive to the Lake Louise Ski Resort, but a 45 minute drive to the Mt. Norquay and Sunshine Village ski areas – see map. Shuttles to the ski areas are covered by the Tri-Area pass. The Lake Louise Ski Resort is the largest of the resorts (in fact the largest in the Canadian Rockies) with 3 distinct ski areas and terrain suitable for all levels of skier – from the top of every lift there is either an easy or difficult run down. There are over 128 kms of runs across a ski area of 4,200 acres that includes 6 back bowls laying claim to dry light snow known as ‘champagne powder’.

Advanced Skiers - Hire an instructor and safety equipment at Lake Louise and for those skies and riders who are seeking thrills of black diamond runs, head to the backside alpine bowls, to Mineshaft & Jackpot runs and Ptarmigan Chutes, as they will offer a wide variety of super challenging steeps and chutes.

Split stays and Rockies Ski Safaris - Our top tip to get the most from your visit - split your stay between Banff and Lake Louise. For example, stay in both the Fairmont Banff Springs and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and minimise the journey to the skiing. Alternatively, add on any other resorts in the Rockies loop (please see the link for our Ski Safaris on the right).

Day Trips - To Kicking Horse on the Powder Hound Express or to heli-ski with RK Heli-skiing in Panorama or Purcell Helicopter in Golden will really add to your holiday experience.

Childcare Facilities

Lake Louise ski area childcare

  • Hours of operation: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm every day.
  • Located next to the Lodge of Ten Peaks in a separate building.

For ski ability levels 1-6 and snowboard ability levels 1-4 (ages 5-12 for skiers and snowboarders). Under the expert guidance of their pros, your child will explore the mountain and improve their skills through fun and games. Programs meet at 10:00 am and depart at 10:30 am at the Minute Maid Wilderness Adventure Park. Full day programs include a progress card at the end of each day.


Ages 3 & 4. Taught by caring instructors who know how to relate to little ones, the KinderSki program is one of the most positive ways to introduce your child to skiing. Beginner lessons start at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. T-bar and chair lessons start at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm.

Facilities & Services

Sports alpine ski and sports boutique

At the Sports Alpine Boutiques you will find everything you need in the newest ski and snowboard gear from industry leaders. They also have cameras, batteries, sunscreen, and the rest of those small essentials.

Club Ski

This 3 day program at Sunshine Village, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay matches you with a local Snow-Pro and guarantees access to the best snow, best terrain, and greatest views. Enjoy lift line priority, meet new people and boost your skills with a certified coach. Starts on Thursdays & Sundays, and you ski one day at each resort. You have the same Snow-Pro for all 3 days.


Many of these activities are available to start from Lake Louise, others are located in nearby Banff.

We can book some of these directly for you - speak to your tour coordinator or call us on 01273 224063.


Resort Map

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Trail map

Resort Map route map

Resort Stats

November to May
Nearest airport
Transfer time
2 hours
Transfer or car hire
8,650 ft
Vertical drop
3,250 ft
Avg snowfall
15 ft
Ski area
4,200 acres
Ski lifts
30% advanced 45% intermediates 25% beginners