Visitor reviews for Lake Louise Ski Resort

Lake Louise Ratings

Overall: 3.8. Based on 30 votes and 38 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.7

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.8

(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.

Off-piste: 4.1

(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.

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.

Access: 4.0

(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.

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: 4.4

(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: 2.7

(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: 4.1

(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.

Snowmaking: 3.8

(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: 3.8

(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: 4.0

(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: 3.6

(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: 3.6

(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: 4.3

(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: 3.6

(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: 4.4

(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.

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: 4.4

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

Advanced: 4.7

(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.

Cross-country: 4.0

(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: 2.2

(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: 3.6

(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: 3.4

(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: 3.1

(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: 2.3

(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: 3.3

(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: 3.9

(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: 3.6

(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): 3.7

(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): 3.9

(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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March 07, 2020
Lifeincabo from Ski Canada Canada
I had purchased 3 Lake Louise Plus Cards for me and my 2 daughters. You pay $99 and it gets you 1st, 4th & 7th lift tickets free. I was looking at taking the Lake Louis ski bus from Calgary. It's advertised on the Lake Louise web page. I had used our plus cards once already, which was our 1st free pass. When I contacted the bus company they informed me that they have a deal with the lift tickets. If you purchase a lift ticket from the bus company your bus fare is included round trip from Calgary. Good deal I thought. So I phone Lake Louise Information to ask if I purchase the lift ticket from the bus company will it count as my second lift pass on my plus card. The person working had to ask a manager about it. He came back and informed me that, yes, it would go towards my plus card. I'm thinking great. Two days later I phone back and talk to a different person and ask same question because I'm not sure where I go to get my lift ticket put on my plus card. The person tells me to go to customer service and produce the lift ticket and they will put it towards my second lift pass on my plus card. Today we go to Lake Louise by bus and show up at customer service only to be told no that does not happen. I ask for the manager only to be told I am mistaken (twice) and don't know where I heard this, loud enough to be heard in front of lots of people. Basically the manager is trying to make me look stupid. She had no intention of trying to resolve this. She just wanted me to go away. I don't know how Lake Louise trains their management but I can attest that it is done poorly. Well Lake Louise management I will not go away and this will not be the last time you heard from me.
April 10, 2018
Rob from Ski Canada Canada
Whitehorn Mtn has great terrain but poor lift access on the backside. A Poma and a slow boat triple, really!? A backside lap has two traverses. However, the tree skiing is extensive but not gladed as it is after all a National Park. The main south side runs are skied off promptly but the slack-country is almost never skied out. Deep pow is rare and the temps can be cold but come with blue sky days. Mind bogglingly beautiful views all 'round you and 360 degree skiing. I have skied +500days here and love this park as rocky as it can be. 2017/2018 has been an awesome season. If you like fast lifts and short boring runs go to Sunshine which, with the exception of DD, does not compare. Snow is a little better than LL though.
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 12, 2007
Derek from Ski Canada Canada
I live in Calgary and have skiied Louise for 25 years. Sometimes I love the place. A midweek day after a dump on a clear blue sky day just cannot be beat ant Sunshine, Fernie, Panorama, Kicking Horse or anywhere else. It's all the other days that bother me. The Lake is huge, but 90% of folks only ski about 30% of the area (Samantha is right; only the locals know the really good stuff). High traffic areas like the front face runs get tracked out and icy by 11 AM, and become out and out evil by 4 PM when all the nuts are hurtling down the runs to their cars. The snowmaking (happily restricted to the frontside and high traffic areas) is poor and obtrusive and layers ice under everything, and gooming isn't very good or very extensive. The backside is incredible, but on a poor viz day is downright dangerous, as it is a vast treeless bowl. I once went over a cliff I couldn't see, falling 20' to a flat I didn't know was there. Weekend crowds clog the lifts and especially clog the Temple and Whitehorn lodges so getting lunch is an ordeal. The Summit Platter is second only to Face Lift at Fernie as the worst surface lift I have ridden. In the spring, everything below the Whitehorn lodge turns to rocks, dirt and soup. But when it's good (sadly, not that often), man is it sweet. The views are stellar. Five turns in the right direction and goodbye crowd. Whole powder bowls to yourself. Massive vertical and the ability to peice together super long runs. A World Cup Downhill course your can frighten yourself on. 2007 has started off as an epic snow year. This appears to be the year to ski the Lake.
January 18, 2020
Mike Johnson from Ski Canada Canada
Always take the snowfall they report and divide by two. I've been burned too many times by their snow reports to take them seriously anymore. If the hill does get a big dump of snow and it's a weekend, expect it to be skied off of the runs about an hour after the hill opens. The exception to this is on the backside of Whitehorn, which gets less traffic. Otherwise, runs tend to be icy, food is overpriced, and it gets crowded and the lines long on weekends. If you get a big snowfall mid-week, you're in heaven. Big snowfalls don't happen that often compared to resorts like Castle Mountain or Revelstoke, however.
February 24, 2010
dave from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from Banff and very disappointed with all three resorts. Very much like the states, they talk up the resorts, but unless there has been recent snow it's all very bland. Very little grooming on piste, lack of facilities and short opening times means it is actually very over priced in comparision to Europe. All runs are very short, and most lead straight back to the lift you just took, no adventure at all. It hasn't snowed in weeks and they are desperate for something to cover the rocky pistes! I'm sure it is a different story during a good season, but with respect to the travel time to Canada, travel from Banff to the resorts and the taxes added to every purchase, there are much better options which aren't so dull!
November 17, 2008
Carter from Ski Canada Canada
Lake Louise is so underrated, everyone always talks about it being icy. I have skied there for sixteen years and can confidently say Lake Louise runs the show. There snow is always good, especially if you come in early March. Watch for winds at the top, this can be excellent snow loading, if you know where to go.
November 20, 2008
Tom from Ski Canada Canada
Poor viz on the backside, going over a 20 footer...don't go back there if you don't know the terrain. Summit Platter being the 2nd worst surface ever ridden.. good it keeps some off that lift. Busy lunch hour periods...ever been to Sunshine Day lodge or Trappers?? Weekend crowds clog the lifts...ever been to K-Horse on the weekend and sat waiting for the Gondola for 30 minutes?? If you don't like the Lake so much, stay at the Shine riding Strawberry chair. [Editors comment: text aimed at an individual has now been removed]
January 08, 2009
gerry brin from Ski Canada Canada
I've skied Louise (Lake Louise) over 30 years. You must know the right spots to go to. The Backside in flat light is hell and should be skipped until sunlight lights it up. Larch has the best snow on the backside usually. Avoid front side lodges if you're in a hurry and go to Sawyer's Nook on the Larch/Ptarmigan Lift Area instead. Saturdays at Louise are usually packed, ski Sunday instead when traffic falls about 50%. I ski Louise from Wednesday to Friday. Late Season (March-April) is usually phenomenal skiing with almost daily dumps of powder from 8am to noon - 2pm followed by bright sunlight until closing at 4:30pm. Ask a local where to go and what you like to ski and you will get good advice on what runs to ski and the ones to avoid. I used to ski Sunshine but upgraded to Louise for the longer runs, trees, uncrowded black runs where you are alone mid-day. Every ski hill has icy spots on it wherever skier's are forced around snow fences to avoid hazardous terrain. Stay out of the middle of heavily used runs and ski the right or left sides to find the softer snow if you want to avoid icy patches completely. Cheers.