Insider’s Guide to Staying in Lake Louise

One national park, two towns, three resorts. There are so many reasons to plan your dream vacation to the Canadian Rockies with SkiBig3. While Banff is often a go-to for visitors wanting to take in the exciting ski town vibe, Lake Louise has its own unique charm.

With a variety of lodging and dining options to suit every traveller, the village of Lake Louise is an excellent base for your visit to Banff National Park.

Skiers at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff National Park.
Photo by Jake Dyson.

1. Fast Access to First Tracks

Your best bet for first tracks at the Lake Louise Ski Resort is to stay in the Lake Louise. All accommodation within the village is a 15-minute (at most!) shuttle from your hotel. This means extra rest time AND beautiful early morning conditions.  Lucked out with a powder day? You’re in the best possible spot to take advantage of all the freshies.

Skiers at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff National Park.
Photo by Reuben Krabbe.

2. Slow Down the Pace

The first thing you’ll notice about Lake Louise, is a much quieter pace than neighbouring town of Banff. This makes it perfect for a more secluded ‘in the wild’ feel. Many of the hotels here are bordered by forest and the mountains themselves, and the light-pollution here is at a minimum. Take in a blanket of stars and the Milky Way by night, or (if you’re lucky) even the Northern Lights!

Starry night at Moraine Lake, Banff National Park.
Photo by Tyler Parker.

3. Cozy Lodging Options

In Lake Louise, you can get that classic backcountry feel just minutes from the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Blending history, scenery, and accessibility, your stay in Lake Louise will be one of many unique experiences during your visit to Banff National Park. There’s something for everyone here – from romantic getaways to family-friendly stays, luxury service to budget options.

Interior shot of Deer Lodge, Lake Louise, Banff National Park.
Photo courtesy of Deer Lodge.

4. So Much to Ski and Do

The activities in Lake Louise are literally at your door step no matter the season, and it’s not just the skiing. With ample breathing room to connect with nature, there are plenty of ways to enjoy winter in the great outdoors on your rest days. Go for a classic skate on Lake Louise, cross-country ski on the Bow River loop, or fat bike to Moraine Lake.

Cross-country skiers at Great Divide Trail, Lake Louise, Banff National Park,
Photo by Noel Hendrickson.

5. Indulge Your Tastebuds

The dining options in Lake Louise are as varied as the accommodation. From traditional Swiss style fondues, several fine dining restaurants at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or a unique ambience at the Station, you’re sure to have a one-of-a-kind dining experience every single time.

Dinner spread at Lakeview Lounge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff National Park.
Photo courtesy of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.


What to stay in Lake Louise and keep the driving to a minimum? With our SkiBig3 Shuttle Services, it’s possible to do this and not miss out on ski time at Banff Sunshine. Shuttle services between Lake Louise and Banff Sunshine run Monday’s and Friday’s, with an additional shuttle service on Wednesday’s for Chateau Lake Louise guests.

Whether you’re looking to make Lake Louise your central home-base, or experience a split-stay that also incorporates a stay in Banff, SkiBig3 can help iron out the details. Call our in-Banff SkiBig3 Vacation Planners today at 1-844-754-2443  or plan your next Canadian Rockies ski vacation online. Great Ski & Stay Packages available now.

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