Canada - Lake Louise Resort Review

Overview for Lake Louise

Overall Rating:   3.5 star rating
Breakdown of Runs:

Lifts: 9  Runs: 139  Parks: 1
Rock Garden: 1

 Season: Mid November to late April

  • Stunning scenery
  • Well maintained pistes
  • Good amount of varied terrain
  • Expensive place to stay and ride
  • Rail park only, no jumps
  • 45 Minutes from Banff

The Slopes

There are plenty of runs on all 4 mountain faces allowing for a good range of snowboarding styles and abilities. The 4 sides are serviced by a gondola and 7 other lifts consisting of both chairs and T-bars, opening up over 4000 acres of ridable terrain.

Beginners should enjoy the well maintained learning area and the easy progression onto the blue runs on the front side. The blue runs are all well groomed so you should have no problems working your way up to intermediate level snowboarders.

For intermediate riders there is some good terrain here especially on the front side and the Larch area. You will also find some nice glades and wide well groomed blacks to develop your skills on.

Advanced riders will probably spend most of their time in the back bowls and the double black glades in the Ptarmigan area. But don't forget that there is a rock garden accessible from the top of the larch and an extensive rail park on the front side. You will have no problems getting your kicks here especially if you're lucky enough to get a powder day or 2.

The Nightlife

The nightlife in Lake Louise village is fairly non-existent, however the nightlife in Banff rocks. If it's kicking nightlife that you're after I would definitely recommend staying in Banff. There is a wide selection of bars and restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets in Banff. With live music and events almost every night you will not be disappointed.


Lake Louise is located within the Banff national park and is only a 2 hour drive from Calgary. There are also 2 other resorts near to Banff that are worth considering as a big 3 pass will cover Lake Louise, Sunshine and Norquay. There are regular buses from Banff to all 3 resorts.

On the whole Lake Louise has something for all levels of riders including families with young children. The slope side amenities and facilities are also very good, and are well situated.

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