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Lake Louise Ski Area


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Lake Louise Ski Area


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Pro tip: Lake Louise ranks amongst the most scenic ski resorts in the world. Its vistas fill skiers' goggles with the towering Canadian Rockies, whose verticality looks similar to the Alps. Great skiing and some pure fall lines await skiers who make it toward the top of the resort, where the northerly latitude keeps snow fresh and cold.  MORE

Core Strenghts

Lake Louise Ski Area
Overall
63.1
Snow Quality
50.7
Expert
38.3
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

81

Rank in
Region

12

Rank in
State

2

This resort is often compared with:

Revelstoke
Whistler
Sunshine Village
Best time for snow at
Lake Louise Ski Area
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Lake Louise Ski Area

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Monday
Day
0-1"
Night
0"
Tuesday
Day
0-1"
Night
2-4"
Wednesday
Day
0-1"
Night
1-2"
Thursday
Day
2-6"
Night
2-4"
Friday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
Powderfares - 6"+ snow on the way! Go now!
Powderfares!
6"+ of snow
on the way
Go now!
SEA to YYC
depart Thu Nov 23
return Sat Nov 25
Alaska
$485
ATL to YYC
depart Wed Nov 22
return Sat Nov 25
United
$570
IAD to YYC
depart Wed Nov 22
return Sat Nov 25
United
$634
LAX to YYC
depart Wed Nov 22
return Sat Nov 25
United
$698
BOS to YYC
depart Wed Nov 22
return Sat Nov 25
United
$744
IAH to YYC
depart Wed Nov 22
return Sat Nov 25
Air Canada
$789
DFW to YYC
depart Wed Nov 22
return Sat Nov 25
WestJet
$810
EWR to YYC
depart Wed Nov 22
return Sat Nov 25
United
$858
ORD to YYC
depart Wed Nov 22
return Sat Nov 25
United
$866
SFO to YYC
depart Thu Nov 23
return Sat Nov 25
Alaska
$940
MSP to YYC
depart Wed Nov 22
return Sat Nov 25
WestJet
$1,260
True Snow: 169" per year
Snow Quality Rank

123

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

196

Lake Louise Ski Area is ranked No. 196 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

6.1%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

0.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

63.0%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

196

Lake Louise Ski Area is ranked No. 196 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

123

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

3250 ft

8650 ft
Base Elevation: 5400 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Lake Louise Ski Area

Lake Louise has a cold climate at high altitude and thus makes the most of its modest 169 inch average snowfall. Snow density in Alberta is as light as it gets. Powder on Louise's steep north side can accumulate over several days of light snowfalls due to vast terrain, limited lift access and low skier density.

Accumulation and Preservation

Louise's snowfall is consistent, so it averages about 3/4 open at Christmas and is less than half open at Christmas in about 20% of seasons. Nonetheless Louise is liberal with opening terrain on a thin base and the best skiing is usually in the mid and late season. Louise's steepest terrain faces north, and thus preserves winter packed powder surfaces well into the spring. The south facing front side often has melt/freeze conditions by March. Louise usually stays open to late April and occasionally a week or two into May.