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Long Range Plan


The Lake Louise Ski Area (LLSA) has a rich, important history in Banff National Park. Alpinists have come here since the late 1800s to experience some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. In 1909, skiing was introduced by Swiss and Austrian mountain guides, and in 1930, Skoki Lodge was established as the first commercial ski lodge in Canada. Lift access skiing began in 1954, and four years later, summer lift access was added. Today, the LLSA is a world-renowned four-season natural playground.

The Ski Area now covers a portion of two mountains and operates a comprehensive lift system that provides skiers and snowboarders with access to a broad range of terrain.

Why does the Lake Louise Ski Area need a Long Range Plan?

Due to its location in a National Park, all new development and re-development of existing facilities must be approved by Parks Canada through the long-range planning process laid out in Parks Canada's 2006 Ski Area Guidelines.

  • Lake Louise Ski Area’s last major plan, approved by Parks Canada in 1981, was limited in scope and duration.
  • A new plan is required to ensure that future development protects valued ecological resources and enhances appreciation of heritage conservation.

In 2018, Lake Louise Ski Area intends to seek approval from Parks Canada for a LRP. The LRP will outline proposed developments for the next 12 to 15 years at the Ski Area. All proposed developments must be consistent with the Government of Canada’s Lake Louise Ski Area Site Guidelines for Development and Use (2015).

Site Area Guidelines

What is the purpose of the Long Range Plan?

The primary goals of the Long Range Plan are:

  • Enhancing the ski area’s capacity to welcome national park visitors in both winter and summer;
  • Protecting the area’s unique natural and cultural wonders, wilderness and heritage for all time;
  • Educating visitors on the area’s unique natural and cultural wonders through a world-class national mountain park experience; and
  • Ensuring visitor safety.
  • Improving accessibility.

Detailed Impact Assessment

The Lake Louise Ski Area is committed to minimizing the impact of its operations on the natural environment. A requirement of the Long Range Planning process is the completion of a Detailed Impact Assessment (DIA) to evaluate the impact of the proposed projects on cultural and natural resources, with a focus on valued ecosystem components.

The scope of the DIA has been set by Parks Canada in a Terms of Reference document. The Terms of Reference will identify all of the components that Lake Louise Ski Area must assess. Parks Canada will seek Indigenous and public input into the Terms of Reference for the DIA in the spring of 2018.

Parks Canada - Detailed Impact Assesment

Wildlife Cameras - Data Collection And Use

In an ongoing effort to monitor wildlife & human activity in the Whitehorn Wildlife Corridor and Hidden Lake Bowl, motion activated wildlife cameras have been installed in and around the Lake Louise Ski Area. Images of people collected by these cameras may be used to generate non-personal data as relevant for research purposes (ie. group size, activity, etc). All images of people will be deleted unless evidence of an illegal activity is present. No images of people will be shared, displayed or used in communication materials. This study will be on-going until January 3, 2020.

Long Range Planning Process

Long Range Plan