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Ski Tips for the Family Day Long Weekend

February 16, 2011 - The Lake Louise Ski Area is in awesome shape as we prepare for the upcoming Alberta Family Day Long weekend from February 19-21, 2011. Lake Louise has received significant weekly snowfalls for the past month. The yearly snowfall is now close to 400 cms, and the ski area’s overall base now sits at a very healthy 168-200 cms. All nine lifts are in full operation and 119 runs are open for your skiing and riding enjoyment. In an effort to make your visit as enjoyable as possible, we offer the following tips for those skiers and boarders planning to visit us over the holiday weekend.


Arrive Early

If you arrive early, you can secure the best parking spot, purchase lift tickets with ease, and enjoy first tracks on the mountain. Our ticket selling booths are open at 8:30 am, with lifts opening at 9 am (if not slightly before).


Take a “First Tracks” Ski Lesson and Beat the Crowds

If you really want to get a jump on the holiday crowds, reserve a “First Tracks” ski lesson with the Lake Louise Ski and Snowboarding School and depart the base area at 8:30 am - a full half-hour before the lifts open to the public. The cost is just $99 and provides you and a friend with a great 2-hour lesson. As an added bonus, if it snows overnight, this program is a fantastic way to guarantee some early morning “powder turns”. Please call 403-522-1333 for reservations.



Lake Louise offers almost double the amount of available parking spaces than our nearest competitor. All of our four parking lots are conveniently located close to our main day lodge and base area lifts, so you’ll be skiing sooner at Lake Louise. Even if other customers are parking their cars well down the access road, there are often closer parking spots still available in Parking Lot # 4. We’ll have our parking lot attendants on the road providing directions to the best available parking spot and we’ll also have two full-time “people movers” available to transport skiers from the back of Parking Lot 3 and 4. Lake Louise also offers Valet parking from the main day lodge.


Lift Capacity

Choose a ski area for the holidays that has a large enough lift capacity to effectively handle holiday crowds. Lake Louise offers nine different lifts that are spread out over four different mountain faces.  Seven of Louise’s lifts provide a vertical rise of at least 1,230 feet, so our customers spend more time skiing and riding, and less time in lift lines. With an honest vertical rise of 3,250 feet, come to Lake Louise and enjoy the “long run down”.


Dining Options

The Lodge of Ten Peaks cafeteria and Slopeside Coffee Bar is open daily from 7:30 am to 5 pm. The Whiskyjack Lodge cafeteria will also be open. For those with a real hunger, check out the spectacular breakfast buffet (just $11.95 from 8-10:30) and lunch offerings (starting from $12.95 from 11:30-2:30) in the Northface Bistro. Temple Lodge, along with Sawyer’s Nook restaurant will also be open. Both outdoor BBQ decks located at Temple Lodge and at the Kokanee Kabin will also be open – weather permitting!


Automated Ticket Machines

If you have a Louise Plus Card or simply want to purchase your lift tickets with a credit card, why not use the convenience of our ten automated ticket selling machines. They are fast and easy to use and will get you on the slopes sooner. Our automated ticket machines are located on the main outdoor deck of Whiskyjack Lodge, or right beside the main guest service desk on the lower interior level of Whiskyjack Lodge.


Louise Plus Cards

To reduce wait times and get you skiing sooner, please activate your Louise Plus Card online prior to coming to the ski area. If you have already activated your Louise Plus Card online, you’ll get your lift tickets much quicker.

Click here to activate your Louise Plus Card online.


Rental Equipment

If you need to rent ski or snowboard equipment, the Lake Louise rental shop opens daily at 8 am sharp. It is highly recommended that you arrive as early as possible to reduce wait times and to get the best selection available. Renting on the mountain is always preferable just in case you need to make any minor adjustments or changes to your equipment.

Click here for rental selection and pricing.


Purchase Multi-Day Tickets

If you know you’re coming back to Lake Louise for a few more days, pick up a multi-day lift ticket pass and avoid the lineups on your future days.


Take the Bus

Leave the hassle of driving behind and enjoy a relaxing bus service directly to the front door of the ski area. The Lake Louise Ski Area has regularly scheduled bus transport from both Edmonton and Calgary, as well as from many Banff and Lake Louise hotels.

Published - February 16, 2011.

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