Snowboarding Lake Louise

Ski Banff Lake Louise: Insider’s Guide


Ski Banff and Lake Louise with this Insiders Guide

One national park, two towns, three resorts. There are so many reasons to plan your dream vacation or spring break to the Canadian Rockies. While Banff is often a go-to for visitors wanting to take in the exciting ski town vibe, Lake Louise has its own unique charm.

With a variety of lodging and dining options to suit every traveller, the village of Lake Louise is an excellent base for your visit to Banff National Park. Consider bringing the family along!

Five things you need to know about Lake Louise


1. Fast access to first tracks
Your best bet for first tracks at the Lake Louise Ski Resort is to stay in the Lake Louise. All accommodation within the village is a 15-minute (at most!) shuttle from your hotel. This means extra rest time AND beautiful early morning conditions. Lucked out with a powder day? You’re in the best possible spot to take advantage of all the freshies.

2. Slow down the pace
The first thing you’ll notice about Lake Louise, is a much quieter pace than neighbouring town of Banff. This makes it perfect for a more secluded ‘in the wild’ feel. Many of the hotels here are bordered by forest and the mountains themselves, and the light-pollution here is at a minimum. Take in a blanket of stars and the Milky Way by night, or (if you’re lucky) even the Northern Lights!

3. Cozy lodging options
In Lake Louise, you can get that classic backcountry feel just minutes from the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Blending history, scenery, and accessibility, your stay in Lake Louise will be one of many unique experiences during your visit to Banff National Park. There’s something for everyone here – from romantic getaways to family-friendly stays, luxury service to budget options.

4. So much to ski and do
The activities in Lake Louise are literally at your door step no matter the season, and it’s not just the skiing. With ample breathing room to connect with nature, there are plenty of ways to enjoy winter in the great outdoors on your rest days. Go for a classic skate on Lake Louise, cross-country ski on the Bow River loop, or fat bike to Moraine Lake.

5. Indulge your tastebuds
The dining options in Lake Louise are as varied as the accommodation. From traditional Swiss style fondues, several fine dining restaurants at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or a unique ambience at the Station, you’re sure to have a one-of-a-kind dining experience every single time.

Chat with a travelcuts expert and start planning your next adventure!

Written by Tera Swanson

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