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With an award for Canada’s best ski resort tucked snuggly under its belt, Lake Louise is sure to have another cracking winter season. So put yourself in the picture, swishing down the slopes, videoing a dog-sled tour, or simply marvelling at the magnificence of the Canadian Rockies with a warming drink in your hand.
Lake Louise is a favourite among skiers from Europe. With ski terrain for all abilities (including a quarter of all terrain just for beginners), relaxed evenings, family activities and some of Canada’s most stunning scenery, Lake Louise holidays are perfect for those who enjoy adventure by day and tranquillity by night.
Like bright blue soup in a bowl of crystal-capped rocks, the lake itself is spectacular (it’s named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, you know). In summer, when the trees have shaken off their frosty winter look, visitors take to the hiking routes, cycle paths and horse-riding trails before larking about on the water itself. But it is for the long ski season, between November and May, that Lake Louise wins hearty rounds of gloved applause. It is then, when the skies are impossibly blue and the powder fresh, light and dry, that holidays in Lake Louise become something totally adventure-filled and super.
Located in Banff National Park, in the province of Alberta, Lake Louise is easy to reach from the UK. Flights take off from a number of regional airports, landing at Calgary International Airport (YYC). It takes just two hours by road to reach the shores of Lake Louise and the sumptuous, Alpine-style ski resort.
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Lake Louise skiing holidays are taken between early November and early May. For more details on when to go, read on…
The ski season officially starts in November, though the weather is of course unpredictable and it’s unlikely that the entire resort will be operational.
December is colder (potentially down to -20C) with better snow. Christmas festivities lend an extra jolly vibe to this already cheery destination.
The best skiing comes in January, February and March. Many skiers love to visit Lake Louise in March as the days are longer, it’s warmer and there are still considerable amounts of snow.
Watch out for Canadian school holidays when looking for cheap breaks to Lake Louise, as occupancy - and therefore prices - will be higher during these times (think Christmas, New Year, and around Alberta Family Day in February).
Find out what’s on when with our guide to three of the top winter events in Lake Louise…
Banff SnowDays; January: A month-long calendar of events draws crowds to the national park (skiing, sledding, exhibits and family fun). Lake Louise hosts the Ice Magic Festival – a week of hot competition between cool carvings.
Torchlight Dinner and Ski; February 14, December 25 and 31: Take on the ski terrain of Lake Louise after dark during one of these special events. Guides help you navigate the slopes by torchlight between drinks and food at mountain venues. It’s essential to pre-book.
Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup; early December: Visitors are encouraged to shake their cowbells and wave the flag of their home nation as champion skiers race down the slopes. Face painting, free lessons for kids and much marshmallow munching takes place during this family-friendly event.
Skiing at Lake Louise is just the start of the adventure. Here are a few other ideas for things to see and do…
Kids and teens: Laughs and giggles on the snow are guaranteed at Sunny Tube Park, where the whole family can hire tubes and whizz down the runs – kids are usually better than the grown-ups at this!
Active types: You’ll never get bored of the ski terrain here, but if you demand an extra hit of adrenaline how about exploring the backcountry of Lake Louise with an experienced guide? Hidden worlds of fresh powder are simply waiting to be carved up.
Free and cheap: A group of volunteers called the Ski Friends run free daily mountain and heritage tours from Lake Louise.