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Lake Louise, Alberta

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The Lake Louise Ski Resort area comprises three major ski resorts in the Banff National Park near the village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. The mountain peaks of Merlin Ridge, Mount Richardson, Ptarmigan Peak, Pika peak, and Redoudt Mountain offer some of the best scenery in all of Western Canada. Lake Louise, with uniquely beautiful terrain that is both vast and varied, sits in a wilderness that is pristine and inspirational.

Spectacular scenery awaits at Lake Louise.  4200 skiable acres and 139 marked ski runs and back bowls are situated on four mountain faces that are 25% beginner, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced. The "Terrain Park" is also designed for riders of all levels. Four full service day lodges are operational during winter. 

Snowboarders have access to all trails and the terrain park. Beginners and intermediate skiers have access to an abundance of gentle slopes and long cruising runs. Experts can explore endless chutes, glades, gullies and remote bowls in some of the Rockies' most challenging terrain.

The Lake Louise sightseeing gondola is open year round, offering panoramas of glaciers, natural springs, wildflowers, and wildlife. Other winter activities in the resort area include dog sledding, ice skating, and cross country-skiing.

Winter activities abound starting with ski and snowboard lessons. Highly qualified instructors are waiting to provide lessons to exceed your expectations. If you are new to the area, call on Ski Friends to take you on a free mountain tour of the ski area!

Lake Louise is quickly becoming a premiere destination for cross country skiing. Aside from having incredible snow, the area offers skiers a wide variety of trails set in a gorgeous mountain setting with lots of twists and turns, ups and downs to entertain the skier, not to mention, incredible mountain scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities, world class accommodations, and dining options.

The area is blessed by being in Alberta's snow belt and offers the longest ski season in Western Canada. World class downhill skiing, snowshoe trails for all skill levels, ice skating on the iconic lake in front of the Fairmont Chateau, a hockey rink, sleigh rides along the lakeshore trail, and if that isn't enough, dog sled rides on great Divide Trail and adjacent forest trails.

Banff National Park is a World Heritage site that defines as a winter wonderland located in the rugged "Canadian Rockies." Since there is little commercial development, you have great eco-tourism opportunities. The Heritage Program appeals to guests who wish to learn more about the personalities, events, and natural history which shaped the Lake Louise area as we know it today.

Tubing is a thrilling way to enjoy winter in the Canadian Rockies and is sure to provide a rush whether this is your first time in the snow, or you’re a serious skier. Lanes are groomed for smooth sliding to ensure participants have the most fun possible while staying safe.  This is always a real family pleaser.

Winter sightseeing of Banff National Park's great views can be enjoyed in an open chair or a fully enclosed gondola. From 6850 ft, the spectacular scenery is yours to explore at will.  Don't forget to bring your camera!

What ski resort would be complete if it did not offer snowshoe opportunities? With the easy to use snowshoes and friendly instructors, almost anyone can journey to some of the most thrilling panoramic winter views formerly only available to skiers and riders.

When it comes to whitewater rafting, you can choose between a Gentle trip offering easy, fun whitewater, then head back to Lake Louise for your buffet lunch and gondola ride in the afternoon, or, for those wanting more excitement and thrills, enjoy the Gondola ride in the morning and after your buffet lunch join the Whitewater Exciter ride guaranteed to soak and thrill you. Either way, a great day awaits you!

There is a dining experience to match every guest’s want and desire, and here you will not be disappointed. You will find that whatever is offered will be equally as inspiring as the award winning scenery that will serve as the backdrop to your meal. 

At the Sports Alpine Boutiques, you will find everything you need in the newest ski and snowboard gear from industry leaders. With the latest in colors and styles from the top clothing brands, they have just what you need to keep you and your family warm and dry, even on the coldest of winter days.

Not sure exactly what it is you are looking for? Ask one of the friendly and knowledgeable staff for some help. They are all there to make sure you get what you need to make the most of your vacation. Don't forget to stop by and pick up a souvenir for those not able to be with you. Whether you are here for a day or a week, they have you covered with everything you need to make your mountain vacation as enjoyable as possible.

Summer is alive and well in the Canadian Rockies with the best grizzly bear viewing and scenery around.

The Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola & Interpretive Centre offers a unique opportunity to dine in the beautiful Lodge of Ten Peaks for a scrumptious meal,  ascend to an awe-inspiring viewpoint, and to learn why we are the home of the Grizzly Bear.

The Wildlife Interpretive Centre located at the top of the sightseeing Gondola in Whitehorn Lodge provides guests with a unique opportunity to learn about the local wildlife and rich history of Lake Louise and the Banff National Park. Complimentary programs are conducted daily by Interpretive Guides who will lead you through the landscape in the footsteps of wildlife and early explorers. Discover the historical significance of this area and explore the natural wonders that have made Lake Louise such a special destination in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks.

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