Lake Louise Ski Resort

Lake Louise Ski Resort is a ski area located in the province of Alberta in Canada. The resort is in the town of Lake Louise, AB. We recently ranked all of Alberta's ski resorts, so you can see where Lake Louise stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Lake Louise is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.

Lake Louise is a part of the Mountain Collective network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the Collective.

Lake Louise Lodging:

Lake Louise Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Lake Louise has a total of 160 ski trails, which are serviced by 10 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 4,200 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 1,700 hectares, 7 square miles, or 17 square kilometers.

Lake Louise's slopes see on average 179 inches (70 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 14 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
4,200(17 km2)
Annual Snowfall
179"(70 cm)

Lake Louise Ski Resort Elevation

Lake Louise Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 8,652 feet, or 2,637 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 5,401 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 3,251 feet (991 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 8,652 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
8,652'(2,637 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
3,251'(991 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
5,401'(1,646 m)

Lake Louise Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
63.8out of 100
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Lake Louise's difficulty level of 63.8 is above average. 75% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Lake Louise has 4,200 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Lake Louise's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 45% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 30% as expert.
25%(1,050 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
45%(1,890 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
30%(1,260 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Lake Louise Ski Resort good for beginners?

Lake Louise is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 70% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Lake Louise Ski Resort Location

Lake Louise Ski Resort is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. This ski area is nearby the town of Lake Louise, AB.

Lake Louise, AB T0L Canada
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GPS Coordinates:
51.44200, -116.16200

Getting to Lake Louise Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Lake Louise Ski Resort), its coordinates of 51.44200, -116.16200 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Lake Louise, AB to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Calgary International AirportYYCCalgary, AB153 km
Edmonton International AirportYEGEdmonton, AB271 km

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Lake Louise.

Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International AirportYXCCranbrook, BC205 km
Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional AirportYCGCastlegar, BC260 km

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Lake Louise Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Lake Louise Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Banff Sunshine VillageBanff, AB8,957 ft79%46 km
Mount NorquayBanff, AB8,038 ft47%47 km
Kicking HorseGolden, BC8,033 ft82%64 km
Nakiska SkiKananaskis, AB7,415 ft58%89 km
Fortress Mountain ResortKananaskis, AB8,400 ft55%95 km
Panorama Mountain VillagePanorama, BC7,875 ft71%109 km
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski AreaFairmont Hot Springs, BC5,200 ft42%125 km

Lake Louise Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation8,652 ft
Base Elevation5,401 ft
Vertical Drop3,251 ft
(25% Beginner,  45% Intermediate,  30% Expert)
Skiable Acres4,200
Avg. Annual Snowfall179 inches
Lake Louise Ski Resort Mountain Stats