Overall Rating

Lake Louise

Lake Louise4/521
Lake Louise4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews
  • Recommend
    90%
  • Would Revisit
    86%

Lake Louise - Reviews

Lake Louise - Reviews

Not about the hype

Andy01/11/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January

Not about the hype

Andy01/11/2018
After reading so many positive and great reviews I decided to hand out the 100$ lift price to try it out.
What I recieved from riding the hill is a less than stellar experience.
The staff and most of the people are 10/10 and very pleasant to be around. But unless your looking to carve iced out runs and be on the most crowded hill you will ever experience I would recommend choosing another. I had a few good tree runs that I would go run again, besides that I have no reasons to ride lake Louis again.

The Wow Factor

POWDERHOUNDS.COM02/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February

The Wow Factor

POWDERHOUNDS.COM02/09/2017
The chateau with the ski area way in the background
Ice sculptures at the chateau
A spot of powder in the Larch area
Views from our room at the chateau
To say that the Lake Louise area is gorgeous would be an understatement. Lake Louise definitely has the wow factor. Lake Louise ski resort has huge terrain with lots of variety for all ability levels including more than adequate terrain to keep experts very happy. Lake Louise is our favourite of the Banff ski resorts for the terrain.

Other pros: some fast lifts; and well developed facilities and services. 

A major con for Lake Louise is the minimal snowfall. When the powder falls it’s generally very dry, but you could be waiting a while for it to fall and it often doesn’t fall in large volumes. LL can get really icy, bumped up, and it’s often bloody freezing!

Awesome!

Lauren25/05/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    March

Awesome!

Lauren25/05/2017
Lake Louise is my favorite ski resort in the Banff area and one of my favorites anywhere. I visited this past spring and conditions were incredible. Fresh powder almost every day for a week and tons of snow everywhere. The terrain is incredible and super varied. For expert skiers, the back bowls off the Summit lift are amazing. Some of the steepest, gnarliest terrain anywhere and the chutes are comparable to Jackson Hole for example. The Summit lift is a super old poma style lift, and not the best, but once you figure it out it is fine...the terrain more than makes up for it. Then there is lots of great intermediate terrain as well. I did some green runs, there seemed to be lots of beginner options, but I tend to like to stick to intermediate to expert runs. There were a lot of families, so the beginner terrain must be pretty good. All the runs were really long, unlike at Sunshine where they were really short. I liked Sunshine too, I just preferred Lake Louise, as did everyone in my group, so we skied most days there. The scenery...omg, it's like nothing I've ever seen before. And the lodges and food options were great. I haven't had sushi at a ski resort before...super fresh and yummy, which was unexpected being in the middle of the mountains. The staff are all really friendly and overall we had a great time. Usually we choose a different resort every year, but this one we will come back to for sure! You have to ski Banff and Lake Louise, it is amazing.

Lake Louise

Josef17/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Lake Louise

Josef17/04/2017
Lake Louise is probably the most scenic ski resort in the world and is a place the whole family would enjoy. The lake has lots of terrain and it is very diverse and split into three areas.

The front side has long groomed runs which are great for intermediates and beginners. The larch area is a mixed bag of terrain from green runs to experts and has some awesome tree skiing. The back bowls are amazing and perfect for advanced riders looking for a challenge. The terrain park is massive and is well suited for beginner to pros.

Though Lake Louise has all this awesome terrain the snow conditions is a real let down. While the back bowls and larch area normally have a good snow pack and are great on powder days, the front side conditions can change drastically in one day. The morning can have fresh snow while the afternoon can be super icy and bumpy. If staying in Banff the tri-area lift ticket is great value and you can choose between Louise and Sunshine depending on conditions.


In conclusion, great for families, lots of terrain, very diverse, often bloody freezing, variable snow condtions,normally deserted during the week, good lift system, great on a powder day and a few days after, otherwise go to sunshine.

Powder, moguls, park, groomers, and trees!!

Jillian24/11/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    March

Powder, moguls, park, groomers, and trees!!

Jillian24/11/2016
Lake Louise is awesome, I go there every March break. They've got a little bit of every type of skiing. I love skiing everything off paradise, and the back bowls. Lake Louise also has a a good range of things to do in the terrain park. The break down of the terrain is 25% beginner, 45% intermediate, and 30% expert. Lake Louise is one big family, everybody is so helpful and nice. To say the least I highly recommend skiing at Lake Louise, especially if you like tree skiing. I suggest tree skiing in "East Bowl Trees", "Pika Trees", and "Deer Run Trees".

march break 2015

lori04/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50

march break 2015

lori04/03/2015
We spent the day at Lake Louise yesterday and were pretty disappointed with the icy conditions. This was day 1 of our week vacation after travelling across Canada from NB. We are happy that we decided to spend day 2 at Sunshine Village! The conditions were fantastic and we had a great day!

It's too bad the hills won't post the actual conditions so people can make informed decisions. We won't be going back to LL on this trip, and will think twice about booking next year.

Amazing beauty, but intensly crowded!

Nick05/09/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Amazing beauty, but intensly crowded!

Nick05/09/2014
Lake Louise is situated in one of the most beautiful regions of the world. Amazing vistas and views of lake Louise while you ski. Super long cruiser runs and some decent powder if you can get up the lift right away.

The place can become disgustingly packed and somewhat unsafe on weekends and holidays.

Lake Louise lacks nightlife, but it's just 25 min to Banff, which is off the hook!

Lake Louise

bob legasa08/07/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70

Lake Louise

bob legasa08/07/2013
Bob Legasa Review of Lake Louise
It had been 5 years since my last visit to Lake Louise which happened to be in December which was early season. Yeah, skiing was good then but somewhat limited due to snowpack. This last visit was the third week of April and everything was open. WOW, tons of great terrain for every ability. We were fortunate enough to get there after 16" of dumpage occurred. During our visit we hooked up with long time local Sandy Best who showed us all the sweetness the mountain had to offer. We lucked out with some decent weather the first day where we skied the Larch Chair and backside getting in our fair share of powder and groomers. On the second day then the skies opened up giving us untracked and bluebird. We made some fun laps in the Whitehorn area and T-Bar. Plenty of steeps and challenging chutes in these grounds. This zone was by far the highlight of the trip.

Bob Legasa Review of Lake Louise
Being late in the season crowds were down, which meant plenty of choices without lift lines. We stayed at The Inn at Lake Louise which was very affordable and proved to have nice accommodation. The Inn is close enough to walk to several eating choices like the Pub which had some great pub style food and beers. I will definitely be back again next March when I know there's total coverage as this place is huge and has a lot to offer. See Bob's video here

Bob Legasa Review of Lake Louise

Great Lift system, great run selection, but rocky road!

Michael Tomalty23/02/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Great Lift system, great run selection, but rocky road!

Michael Tomalty23/02/2013
Micheal Tomalty Review of Lake Louise
I'll start with the cons.
- many runs are getting quite rocky, spots where you can easily scratch your skis. Ptarmigan 76, Meadowlark 9, and even Wolverine 144 contain enough gritty spots that are difficult to avoid, and thus you damage your skis. Recommend wait a while after the Family Day tear-up is mended back with more snow. Only good powder, are the Powder Bowls, go figure.

Pros:
- great lift network system; very efficient uploading capacity
- great vista, selection of runs, and range of difficulty

Great backside terrain!

Greg22/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Great backside terrain!

Greg22/10/2012
I have been to Lake Louise several times and have found it to sometimes be a little bit lacking in the fresh snow department. However, I did go one time (of the 3x I've been) and found there to be heaven's of fresh snow. I was jumping everything I could find!

The back has some pretty good terrain - nice bowl skiing and plenty of cliffs to jump if you're into that. When they have the snow it is unreal how fun it can be. I was jumping massive cliffs and it didn't matter if I landed or not.

Pros: They have fantastic terrain, good vertical height (you can ski a long ways top to bottom), plenty of different types of skiing to choose from, I did not find it to be very crowded and it's very family oriented.

Cons: The lifts could use some upgrading and the nightlife was not too great there. (Banff is not too far though.)

Best suited to: Families. They have a lot of programs for families and lots of families travel there for this, which makes it even better to be surrounded with people of your own kind.
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