West of Calgary and north of Banff, the Lake Louise ski area has 145 runs spread over 4,200 acres that are served by 7 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 3,250 feet. Located just across the Continental Divide, it gets an average snowfall of 360 inches annually. The Lake Louise area is still very quiet with a small base area and not too many amenities. The newer base lodge is a welcome sight after a long day of shredding freshies, but don't expect too much nightlife.
Out on the slopes, you'll want to check out both the Diamond Mine run off the Paradise Chair and the Ptarmigan Chutes off Ptarmigan Chair. When you're ready to go bigger, head over to the Back Bowls, which are filled with nasty chutes amongst open bowls with powder stashes leading into glades below. To get to the Back Bowls, watch out for the Summit Platter Lift to the Mount Whitehorn Summit -- its a tow rope! For all of these, make sure that the ski area has at least a 50 inch base to cover the rocks.
For the snowboarders in your crew, Lake Louise has the Showtime Terrain Park to session. The park has a range of jumps, rails and boxes.
To reach the snowboarding at Lake Louise Ski Resort, there are regular buses from both the village of Lake Louise and downtown Banff during the ski season. The nearest major airport is in Calgary, and there is the Lake Louise Ski Bus that provides service from Calgary to Lake Louise.
Overall, Lake Louise Ski Resort is the 4th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in Alberta. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Lake Louise Ski Resort including Banff Sunshine Village, Fortress Mountain Resort, Wintergreen Ski Area, Norquay and Nakiska Ski Area.
Local Contacts: Lake Louise Ski Resort (403) 522-3555; BNP (403) 522-3833; Banff Tourism (403) 762-8421; Alberta Visitors (800) 661-8888; Avalanche Update (403) 762-1470.
Best Season: Dec. - Apr.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Hostel International (403) 522-2200; Lake Louise Inn (403) 522-3791
Luxury Loding: Chateau Lake Louise (403) 522-3511; Post (800) 661-1586
Breakfast Restaurant: Laggan's Mountain Bakery, LL; Northface Restaurant
Reference Source: click here http://www.skilouise.com/
GPS: 51.442386, -116.162717
Date Published: 12/26/2015
Date Updated: 11/29/2018
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