LAKE LOUISE, AB The ski experience at Lake Louise is unlike any you will find in the North American ski industry. This story begins and ends with the majesty that is the Canadian Rockies.
Located along the Trans Canada Highway, Lake Louise is immersed in one of the worlds most recognized mountain ranges located in Canadas first national park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff National Park in Alberta.
One of the biggest things that I enjoy about being in the mountains are those sweeping views, the knock-your-socks-off kinds of images where you are left in a state of awe and wonder. This happens constantly while on the slopes of Lake Louise everywhere you look ups the wow factor. The day includes everlasting images from the top of the Summit Platter with its 360 degree view and infinite view of snowy peaks or riding up Ptarmigan chair looking out over Mount Temple, a great fall scramble rising up 3,353 metres (11,000 feet).
Views stretch across the range
When you stand at the top of Summit and look 360 degrees, its one of the best days you can have. The view from up there is outstanding, looking out as far as Jasper, down towards Field and then out to Banff the other way, said John Ross, marketing manager for Lake Louise.
Get in the views of the village of Lake Louise while shredding the mens or womens downhill course and you could just about get caught tripping over yourself. For almost 30 years Lake Louise has welcomed the world at the end of November/top of December for Canadas only FIS downhill stop the Banff Winterstart World Cup.
And after you spend a few days on the slopes here, you rsquo;ll discover why the world continually comes knocking. Here at the Lake, its just as much about the snow and epic terrain as it is the attachment to nature. Lake Louise is literally surrounded by some of the worlds top scenery.
Nature at her best
The thing for me about this destination is how connected we are to nature. Its right out your back door. It may be void of the shopping, the night life and the crowds, but I think people today are looking for that, it keeps nature at its best. Staying in the village you are five minutes from world-renowned skiing or five minutes from possibly seeing a Grizzly bear.
Banff is great, but I am not a big fan of having to take a 45 minute bus ride to the ski hill, said Ross, but he recognizes that many do and Lake Louise offers a shuttle service for those who prefer to stay in Banff.
For more information on Lake Louise Ski Area or to book your ski, snowboard, or winter getaway to Banff, Sunshine Village, or Lake Louise, check out Ski Big 3's website at www.skibig3.com.