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Skiing the Backside of Lake Louise Resort

By touring - Posted on 13 December 2009

Skiing the Backside of Lake Louise Resort

Winter in the Canadian Rockies is FANTASTIC! This photo was taken at the back side of the with the Paradise chair in the background.

The area offers some of the best with beautiful views, challenging runs and lots of wide-open spaces..

The snow was perfect on the day I was with my brother & his family. The temperature was -4 C and the terrain was well light and the shadows were well defined.

My skis hugged every mogul and my edges cut the soft snow precisely. David (in the photo) and I flew down the hill and then took a seat in the snow to wait for the others to catch up.

It was spring break and the thousands of people were on the hill, but the amount of skiable terrain at the Lake Louise resort is so much, it felt like each run just belonged to us. This is the 2nd .

Things to do in Lake Louise, Alberta in the Winter

  • The Lake Louise ski resort (1-877-956-8473 1-403-522-3555) is HUGE and is the largest downhill ski hill in Alberta. It offers all types of terrain for skiers. This is home to Alberta's finest 'Champagne powder' snow.
  • Snowshoeing instead of hiking. The powder is deep on the hiking trails! Guided tours are available.
  • Skating on Lake Louise, just behind the Chateau.
  • Take a horse-drawn sleigh-ride around Lake Louise. Bring your blanket & cuddle up as you round the frozen lake.
  • Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season but the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) is open for a scenic drive.
  • Wildlife viewing is not as abundant in Banff National Park in the winter months. I've seen deer, moose and the occasional chipmunk otherwise most large mammals are hibernating for the season.
  • Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful mountain spots to visit. The village is small with limited amenities. If you're looking for an active night-life, consider Banff or Canmore instead.
  • Note - The Trans Canada Highway is fully twinned all the way to Lake Louise, Alberta.

Driving directions to Lake Louise Ski Resort:
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The Lake Louise Resort is located 181 kilometers (2 hours) from Calgary or 58 kilometers (40 minutes) from Banff, Alberta.

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