Banff/Lake Louise ski resort located in Alberta, Canada is undoubtedly one of the world’s top ski destinations. With spectacular mountain scenery, visitors can always rely on pure powder snow .
Banff/Lake Louise has three different ski areas (Mount Norquay/Mystic Ridge, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise) that are roughly 30 miles apart. The Canadians are very friendly and will make you feel very welcome. Another positive aspect about ski holidays in Canada is that it’s slightly cheaper compared to skiing in the USA.
Lake Louise Ski Area
The Lake Louise Ski Area is a ski resort located in Banff National Park, in the village of Lake Louise, Alberta.
Located in the heart of Canada’s Banff National Park, Lake Louise ranks as one of the most scenic mountain resorts in North America, if not the entire world.
This is a resort of quite extraordinary natural beauty half an hour from the small town of Banff in the Alberta National Park. It is dominated by the grandiose edifice of Château Lake Louise, the hotel built in 1890 on the edge of the lake with a backdrop of soaring peaks and tumbling glaciers. The village is so small it barely qualifies as such. The ski area, three miles away by free shuttle bus, has sufficient variety to suit all standards. The most challenging runs are to be found here and on Goat’s Eye Mountain at Sunshine Village.
With 4200 skiable acres, 139 marked ski runs and the newly installed 6-person Grizzly Express Gondola , Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. The unique layout allows families and groups of varying abilities to ski together; there are beginner, intermediate and expert runs down 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.
The Lake Louise sightseeing gondola is open year round, offering panoramas of glaciers, natural springs, wildflowers and possibly wildlife (such as grizzly bears). Other activities in the resort area include heli-skiing, dog sledding, ice skating, and cross-country skiing.
Spectacular scenery awaits at Lake Louise with uniquely beautiful terrain that is both vast and varied. The wilderness is pristine and inspirational.
Banf Mount Norquay Ski Area
Mount Norquay, the closest ski area to Banff, is best suited to beginners and lower intermediates. Most visitors to the region stay in Banff and commute to the different ski areas. Lake Louise makes a quieter and much more scenic base from which to do the same.
Banff’s Mount Norquay, located above the Town of Banff, offers the rare experience of night skiing once a week, from January until the end of March.Day time skiing starts in early December. Located only minutes from downtown Banff, Mount Norquay offers a wide range of ski terrain. Mount Norquay has 90% snowmaking capacity and offers some of the best grooming in the Rockies.
The town of Banff is a bustling, friendly little settlement in the Banff National Park. Downtown Banff offers traditional Canadian hospitality with an variety of bars and restaurants.
- Vertical: 1,650 ft. (503 m)
- Base elevation 5,350 ft. (1,636 m)
- Peak: 7,000 ft. (2,133 m)
- Average snowfall: 120 in. (300 cm)
- Snowmaking: 90% of skiable terrain
- Trails: 25 runs
- Longest run: 3,828 ft. (1,167 m)
- Cumulative length of runs: 10.2 miles (16.4 kms.)
- Terrain: Expert16% Advanced 28 % Intermediate 45% Novice 11%
- One high-speed quad-chair lift
- One quad-chair lift
- Two (2) double chair lifts
- One surface lift
- Capacity approximately 6,300 people per hour
- Average of 120 inches (300 cms.) of snow per year
- The new 24,000 sq. ft. Cascade Lodge offers breathtaking alpine views
- Snowtubing Park opening this year in December
Millions of years have carved out mountains, valleys and grottos making Alberta’s Rocky Mountains a sportsman’s paradise. Enthusiasts can find adventure in Banff year round by scaling towering peaks, climbing frozen waterfalls, diving to the depths of turquoise glacial lakes and spelunking deep, dark caves. Visitors looking for a more relaxing time can add a variety of activities to their itinerary: golfing at championship courses, fishing for trout in serene lakes or patiently waiting to see elusive wildlife