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 25 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: 2.7

(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: 4.0

(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: 3.8

(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: 3.6

(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: 4.7

(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.

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: 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: 2.0

(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: 3.6

(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: 3.3

(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: 3.2

(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: 3.5

(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): 3.9

(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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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!
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 29, 2009
Taf from Beverley from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I am just sitting in my hotel room at Lake Louise aching due to to amount of fantastic skiing I have encountered over the 1st week of my holiday. This place is absolutely breathtaking and by far the best place I have ever skied. Brits are serial complainers but trust me I cannot gripe about anything. The pistes are empty, the queues are non existent except on Saturday when you have to wait about 5 minutes, if that. It's great for all levels and the instruction at Lake Louise is second to none. The ski hosts are a great option to acquaint yourself with the mountain. I have got another week and its just started to snow so it will be fresh powder in the morning. Forget the cold, the journey time, and all them other little niggles that you read in reviews this place is just the best. If you want to do some serious skiing and powder hunting in a vast mountain playground then this is the place to be. I am going to close by telling everyone - bring everyone, this place is big enough for a whole load more people to enjoy.
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.
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.
March 31, 2015
John from Canmore from Ski Canada Canada
Lake Louise is big and great for everyone, but not everyone makes the most of their visit. The front runs are long. If it's not crowded and there is fresh snow and it hasn't been too warm these are legendary, with beautiful pitch and fantastic views. Unfortunately, a lot of the time they are crowded and icy, especially on weekends, or if the spring sun has been beating them down. The Larch area can also be fantastic, but the last several times I've been to Lake Louise Larch has been scrapy moguls, same problem as the front side: too many people and too much sun. So, stay high. And if you can handle the steep back bowls stay on them as much as possible. When the winds are right they deposit snow into the bowls. If you can't handle the black runs, there are intermediate runs on the back that should work for you. Go high, stay high if it's warm, focus on the backside if it's been windy, and you'll have a great time. Any tourist visiting Alberta should ski Sunshine Village one day and Lake Louise another day. They are two quite different experiences. Ask for advice from a local, or take a free tour, so you don't end up in the icy moguls at Lake Louise or on the flat boring bits at Sunshine Village.
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.
January 17, 2015
Elliot from Ski Canada Canada
Lake Louise is a fantastic resort offering a huge variety of terrain for beginner through to advanced mad-man. For me it is the best resort in Alberta and very drivable from Calgary for a day trip.
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.
April 09, 2015
Paul from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We had a fantastic powder day on Monday; much needed this April but what an awesome day it was with our friends out of Calgary for the day. Went back for a glorious sunshine day on Wednesday; could see more of where we were skiing and the views were just amazing.