Banff Lake Louise Ski Resorts

Banff Lake Louise is one of Canada’s largest ski areas offering one of the world's best mountain landscapes including awe-inspiring summits, endless powder and the most photographed lake on the planet.

The town of Banff and its three principal ski areas in the state of Alberta are located in the true Canadian Rockies where, at their highest elevations, they border the Continental Divide. This geographical phenomenon not only produces one of the world's most enviable snow records, it also provides award winning alpine drama.

Canada's Rocky Mountains are interlaced with glaciers galore, cathedral like spires and hostile looking ridges, affording them the same magnificence of Europe's Alps, just more immense in scale. This distinguishes them from America's Rockies, especially those in Colorado, which, though slightly higher, are predominantly domed and far less dramatic than Alberta's Rockies.

Alberta's natural allure is only strengthened the further down one ventures toward the tree line, foot-hills and valleys. While gold mining, fir trading and oil (black gold), have all kept Alberta's prosperity in good health over the centuries, it is now the state's 661,000 square kilometres of outstanding natural beauty - mostly preserved in its national parks - that keep people coming, whatever the season, to spend their tourism budgets here.

Banff Lake Louise comprises three distinct ski areas which are connected by an efficient shuttle bus service and lift pass, but importantly to note, are too far apart to be linked by ski lifts or piste network. The triumvirate - Mount Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village - is known as an "ensemble" and together constitute a world-class ski destination available on one SkiBig3 tri-area lift ticket, available from Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine.

It began with Mount Norquay opening in the early 1920s, followed soon after by The Lake Louise ski area and Sunshine Village which opened in the 1930s. Mechanical ski lifts began appearing at the resorts in the early 1940's, with Canada's first chairlift installed at Mount Norquay in 1948. Now there are over one million skier visitors each winter, who are drawn by the jagged, majestic peaks, unforgettable natural beauty, and exceptional skiing and snowboarding.

Western Canada is also the spiritual home of helicopter skiing and Banff Lake Louise, is a popular pick up area for skiers and snowboarders wanting to notch up this unforgettable thrill. Helicopter skiing is not permitted in national park territories but helicopter companies quickly whisk powder skiing junkies over the nearby border into British Columbia where helicopter skiing terrain is practically unlimited.

Banff Lake Louise Pros & Cons

+ Protected wilderness of Banff National Park.

+ Certainty and quality of snow.

+ Banff is lively with great bars and restaurants.

+ Efficient shuttle bus service to ski the big three.

+ Variety of skiing in three ski areas for all abilities.

+ Superb lift-served backcountry experiences.

+ Night skiing at Mt. Norquay 10 mins from Banff.

- Ski areas are quite far apart and not connected.

- Sunshine Village has just one overnight-lodge.

- Lake Louise can be crowded at peak times.

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Banff Lake Louise Statistics

  • CountryCanada
  • StateAlberta
  • Base1,383 m
  • Peak2,637 m
  • Vertical1,253 m
  • Ski Area687 ha
  • Beginner25 %
  • Intermediate45 %
  • Advanced30 %
  • Longest Run8 km
  • Ski Lifts26 
  • Gondolas
  • Chair Lifts18 
  • Surface Lifts
  • Riders per hour 46,000 
  • Day lift passCAN $ 94
  • 6 day lift passCAN $ 477

5 Day Snow & Weather Forecast

  • 23rd Sunny 24° 15° Sunny skies New Snow 8cm
  • 24th PartCloudRainThunderDay 12° 5° Patchy light rain with thunder New Snow 8cm
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