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Projects Proposed

Lease Area Changes
  • Lake Louise Ski Area will remove approximately 1,000 ha of environmentally sensitive area from its lease, to be returned to Parks Canada’s control as designated wilderness lands under the Canada National Parks Act.
    • This represents a reduction of approximately half the current leasehold.
    • This is an area approximately equal to the combined ski areas of Mount Norquay and Marmot Basin, or to more than 800 Canadian football fields.
  • To ensure alternate terrain for winter use, Hidden Bowl and West Bowl lands will be added to the Lake Louise Ski Area through a License of Occupation limited to winter use.
  • The result of these lease area changes will be a net 30% reduction in land available to the Ski Area.

Areas Removed And Added


Proposed Projects

Proposed projects in this Long Range Plan include:
  • New chairlifts and upgrades to existing chairlifts.
  • New ski terrain and slope and vegetation management improvements to existing ski terrain.
  • New day lodges and expansion of service space in existing lodges.
  • Expanded parking capacity.
  • Upgraded utilities.
  • Improved snowmaking systems and water supply management.
  • Summer program relocation to Eagle Ridge.
  • Improvements related to skier safety.

Long Range Plan Concept Map


Environmental Protection

The projects outlined in the Long Range Plan include many improvements to environmental stewardship at Lake Louise Ski Area:

  • The return of Purple and Wolverine Bowls and habitat within the Whitehorn Wildlife Corridor to Parks Canada stewardship will benefit wildlife, riparian habitats, water conservation and vegetation.
  • Improvements to snowmaking systems and water supply management that will reduce water withdrawals from the Pipestone River and Coral Creek during periods of low flow.
  • The relocation of the summer program at mid Whitehorn Mountain to the upper alpine will protect prime grizzly bear habitat.

Projects Continued

Visitor Capacity

Proposed projects would allow Lake Louise Ski Area to comfortably accommodate up to 9,000 skiers/riders and up to 1,000 non-skiers per day in the winter season. Lake Louise will be able to welcome 2,500 visitors per day in summer.

Improvements to Safety

The proposed projects will resolve visitor safety issues by reducing points of congestion in the ski area and upgrading ski patrol facilities that date back to the 1950s.

Beginner Terrain

The Long Range Plan will add highly needed beginner and lower intermediate terrain to provide youth, families and new Canadians with a valuable National Park experience.

Special and Competitive Events

The proposed projects in the Long Range Plan will enable Lake Louise Ski Area to better meet the needs of world cup racing, amateur and grass roots events and training held at the hill.

Investment and Employment

The projects outlined in the Long Range Plan will spark significant economic stimulus and job growth, representing approximately $125-$150 million in economic investment and investments in community well-being.

Tourism

Implementation of the Long-Range Plan projects will ensure that the Lake Louise Ski Area remains competitive on a global level and continues to help meet Travel Alberta, Destination Canada and Parks Canada’s stated goals for visitor levels.

Winter Use

Improvement of Banff/Lake Louise’s winter visitor experience will help encourage destination visitors to come to the area in the winter low season.

Summer Use

Improved summer facilities at Lake Louise Ski Area will encourage more balanced visitation across the Lake Louise area and lessen summer pressure on upper Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

Sport Development

Implementation of the Long-Range Plan projects will allow alpine and amateur sports to continue to thrive in Canada.


Long Range Planning Process

Long Range Plan