Resort guide to Lake Louise - Canada

Very small, purpose built, slopeside resort with access to large, open ski terrain

Lake Louise resort guide - a general overview

Set in a vast national park, the scenery is to die for and is one of the main attractions of ski holidays in Lake Louise. There is the Lake, the village itself and then the ski base station. The ski area itself is big with a mixture of high open slopes, low trails cut through forest and gladed slopes between the two. The area caters for all levels with an excellent beginners area near the base, lots of good intermediate cruising and the back bowls for the more advanced. Some of the views higher up of the lake and the Chateau Lake Louise are spectacular. The apres ski scene is quite lively with bands and other activities going on at the base. Nightlife however, is quiet in Lake Louise and for those who want to party late into the night it would be better staying in Banff. Hotel accommodation is the norm with standards varying from 2 star up to the Chateau Lake Louise which we would classify as 6 star!

Resort stats

4200 acres

1,340m - 2,670m

Level of skiing

Snow sure
Ski area


Charm factor
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value


  • Scenery
  • Big ski area by North American standards
  • Snow sure
  • Value for money


  • Access to slopes - have to take a bus
  • Very limited nightlife

Lake Louise Resort Restaurants

Lake Louise village being fairly small doesn't have a lot of choice. However the Post Hotel has had good reviews and has the Outpost pub for inexpensive pub food. The Fairview Dining Room at the Chateau is extremely good. The Station Restaurant has some good feedback. For breakfasts the bakery / coffee shop in the village has been recommended.

Lake Louise Mountain Restaurants

There are a limited amount of options up the mountain. The Temple Lodge near the bottom of Larch is a rustic style restaurant with a large terrace. Sawyer's Nook has table service and a self-service cafeteria gets good reports and is very popular so worth reserving a table. Whitehorn Lodge is at the mid-mountain on the Front Side and has fantastic views. At the base of the mountains the Lodge of the Ten Peaks has a great reputation and is very impressive. The Kokanee Kabin has BBQ food.

Lake Louise Apres Ski

The Apres-ski at Lake Louise has a bit more to offer than Banff but it then gets quieter later on. The Lodge of the Ten Peaks has a great atmosphere with a open fire and great surroundings. The Kokanee Kabin has live music in the spring at the weekends. The mid-mountain Whitehorn Lodge has live music, dancing and a buffet dinner twice a week ending with a torchlit descent.

Lake Louise Nightlife

In general it is fairly quiet however the Glacier Saloon in Chateau Lake Louise often has live music and has traditional Wild West decor. The Explorer's Lounge in the Lake Louise Inn has entertainment and the Outpost Pub in the Post Hotel is also popular.

Lake Louise Resort Map

  • Funicular Funicular
  • Cable car Cable Car
  • Gondola Gondola
  • Chair lift Chair lift
  • Drag lift Drag lift
  • Map marker Property
Tourist info

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