Ski Canada - Alberta

Lake Louise Resort Reviews

Ski Canada - Alberta

Lake Louise Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Lake Louise Ski Resort

Lake Louise Ratings

Overall: 3.7. Based on 26 votes and 36 reviews. Vote

Access: 3.9

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Lake Louise.

Public Transport: 3.8

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Lake Louise, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 4.9

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 3.7

(1) No places to stay in/near Lake Louise, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.1

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.5

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Lake Louise.

Ski in/Ski out: 2.6

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.0

(1) There are no child care facilities at Lake Louise, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 3.5

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Lake Louise is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 3.7

(1) Lake Louise relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.6

(1) There are no snow groomers at Lake Louise, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Lake Louise are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.8

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Lake Louise is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.5

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Lake Louise, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 3.5

(1) Lake Louise usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.2

(1) The staff at Lake Louise are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Lake Louise are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.5

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.3

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.4

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Variety of pistes: 4.7

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Lake Louise has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 4.0

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.3

(1) No intermediate terrain at Lake Louise, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.8

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.9

(1) Not even a kicker at Lake Louise, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 4.0

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Cross-country: 3.9

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Lake Louise, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.0

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Lake Louise has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.5

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.3

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.0

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.1

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.1

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.8

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.5

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.6

(1) Overall, Lake Louise is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.8

(1) Overall, Lake Louise is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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November 01, 2013
Rob Filyk from Ski Canada Canada
This isn't going to be short so just listen up. Put LL on your bucket list but allow yourself at least 2-3 days to fully take it in. I love this area- all of it: Mount Whitehorn, the backside, the Summit and the Eagle area on the frontside. Chair 11 on Larch, Paradise Bowl and ER3, Outer Limits and Whitehorn 1 thru whatever. I love the vibe of the place, and the international flavour, and the best views of any mountain anywhere. Yes, the crowds can descend on the area at peak holiday times and on some weekends, but usually if you get out there a little early and get over to the backside or ski up top on the front it's not a problem. You can get in several epic powder runs on a snow day before most people have finished breakfast. Where else do Grizzly Bears inhabit an area year round, yet lay undisturbed maybe 200 meters from where you can find an untracked line. No-one is paying me to write this, as I am just a fanatical local skier like thousands of others that appreciate the thrill of steep terrain and Rocky Mountain powder. Excellent ski patrol, exceptional avalanche experts and great grooming here too if you just want high-speed or relaxed cruising. I have been skiing here for 40 years and will do so until I can no longer stand. This mountain will thrill the average day tripper, and surprise the hard-core free-skier. Just when you think you've skied every line one could open up, even for just a few hours, like ER3 did for a few hours until choke points were sketchy after major fresh last year. It will and can blow your mind- whether you ride or ski. Amazing and unique and thrilling with lots of slack country and hidden routes if you explore and get adventurous in-bounds. Recent glading on Ptarmigan and Paradise has opened more lines to extend the powder window on a snow day as well. Like many epic areas in AB and BC, terrain that isn't even marked here would be roped off in other places, so do proceed with caution unless you know what you are dealing with below, especially on the extreme terrain. Very, very legit with cliffs and drops and chutes in many places. Obviously, it's Nov and I am looking forward to another great season. All I can tell you is that you should visit this area but take it in with an explorer's frame of mind and you will just revel in the beauty, and the thrill of it all.
April 02, 2012
Arthur Daly from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Record snowfalls for March! It be true to say that Lake Louise is being nosey in wanting to be a top spot in the Rockies for time to come. Oyoyo, I had my eye on the road the other day... those valley highways can sometimes get a little wobbly. Shaggin.
March 26, 2012
Gapperiel Shlonke from Ski Saint Lucia Saint Lucia
A fantastic day at Lake Louise. Good ski all the place. Small mistake, cooks take 15 minute and bagel still no cream cheese.
March 26, 2012
hesta from Ski Canada Canada
Wow! I love Lake Louise. The retail shop has a great window and they carry jackets but not coats. The skiing is great too; the magic carpet staff are very friendly and willing to help. As well the wildlife is amazing, I got a close encounter with a white weasel... very scary!!!
March 25, 2012
Joey Deacon from Ski Canada Canada
Wow, after today all I can say is wow, eh !? Lake Louise blew me mind. That sasquatch gets me everytime !.. but I gotta love it cause it schedules me in to Temple Lodge for a hearty basket of chili cheese fries at lunch. (thanks for suggesting it Grzegorz !) Riding is lovely, I can't get enough of the medium sized huckspots found all over Louise's backside...and her front for that matter. Recommended to all that love eye-candy rental staff... HEY Cam, Lew and Brady ;0
March 17, 2012
nick from Ski Australia Australia
Lake Louise is the best hill I have ever skied, even though I have only skied at three hills, short lines on the lifts and mack in the repair shop made my day. I love Lake Louise.
March 13, 2012
Glyn from Ski Canada Canada
Having ridden just about every hill within driving distance of Calgary I have a good idea of what can be expected around here. Lake Louise is a fun hill, but it's not 'extreme' like some are making it out to be. If you want a challenge go to Kicking Horse. The front side is generally icy, due to catching the sun all day and Louise's low altitude. Going over the back into the bowls is much better. I think the main drawback of the hill is that it's too close to Calgary and gets skied out in about an hour. Then it's just one giant mogul run for the rest of the day (snowboarders beware). On the plus side it covers a massive area, so you'll be exploring for quite a while. To enjoy Louise you really have to leave the groomed track way behind and explore into the bowls & trees as much as possible, the fun area's are quite well hidden.
January 31, 2012
Kevin from Ski Canada Canada
Excellent skiing in the back bowls and chutes - black to double black. Very poor grooming on the front or other cruising runs (Ladies, Larch, Meadow Lark, Gully, etc. Very old snow making, very old lifts, very few cats. No money being put back into what should be a world class ski area. So if you like steeps and chutes and off piste you will like it. If you like groomed and cruising - forget it.
January 08, 2012
jp from Ski Canada Canada
An excellent hill in a beautiful small town. The terrain is what makes this hill for advanced or intermediate skiers. The food and the music bite (what with the 70's & 80's at every Canadian resort). There is a ton of slackcountry. It can be quite busy on weekends but the lifts that service the largest pieces of real estate rarely have lines. It is the black and bumpy nature of the runs that keep people to the same three lifts. The wind pretty constantly keeps snow moving from the front to the back and boot deep powder is common when hardly any snow has fallen the night before. Reading the reviews below - they are all correct - one sees quickly that your level of ability decides your enjoyment level. Come here and take it up a notch.
February 17, 2011
Boris from Ski Canada Canada
This is the best year for snow at LL (Lake Louise) in about 4-5. The coverage is awesome and patrol is doing a great job opening ski terrain. I was skiing powder last week and heading for some more tomorrow.