A Letter From Charlie Locke & Family

Skiers/Snowboarders, Friends, and Stakeholders

With the Thanksgiving season upon us, we have much to be grateful for as we look forward to another winter season, and our anticipated opening of November 3rd.

As our beautiful summer and fall season come to an end, and fresh snow is settling on the mountain peaks, the winter season is top of mind. Snowmaking is set to start on October 15th, and since Alpine Canada decided not to host World Cup races at Lake Louise this year, we can put all of our snowmaking capacity toward runs that you want to ski, and get you skiing and riding all around the mountain, faster.

For those of you who enjoy hiking or sightseeing, the Larches in and around the ski area are still exhibiting a great deal of colour.  Reminder, those of you who have season passes can take a complimentary lift ride (Glacier chair) to see the Larches and avoid a long hike to timberline, like in other areas of the Park such as Paradise Valley.

Our sightseeing chair closes for the season this coming Sunday, October 8th.

Season Passes

Pre-Season Pass Sale ends October 15th.  This is your opportunity to reduce the cost of skiing by $200 for Adults and $700 for Families by buying a season pass at our pre-season discounted rate. Since the price of a family pass is only twice that of an adult pass, kids on family passes ski for free!! This sale ends Sunday, October 15th. Purchases can be made at www.skilouise.com or give us a call: 1-877-956-8473.

How many days do you have to ski to break even?  Using our planned regular season day ticket price of $145, and our pre-season price of $1,395 for adults and $2,799 for families, you will be making money on your 10th visit! The average season pass holder skis/snowboards 21 days.

Installment Plan: You can purchase your pass using our installment plan of 4 equal payments. Pay just 25% of your Season Pass on or before October 15th and start skiing on opening day! Make 3 additional payments of 25% each on November 15th (25%), December 15th (25%), and January 15th (25%). Select this option when ordering online or ask for it in person.

Other Discounts

Lake Louise Plus Card: The Lake Louise Plus Card option is a great choice for those who plan on skiing fewer than 10 days. Those details will be available starting October 16th at www.skilouise.com.

Learning Area Discounts: We want to keep skiing affordable, and if you’ve got friends or family that want to visit Lake Louise, and like to stay on beginner and intermediate terrain, please let them know about our Learning Area ticket. With a Lake Louise Plus Card, someone can ride and ski our magic carpets and our Juniper Chair 4 days for only $77 per day.

Other Discounts: Bear in mind that tickets can be purchased throughout the season via our website www.skilouise.com. This is the fastest and least expensive way to get day tickets, with one day tickets for high season going for $155 and low season for $125.

What’s New?

We are working hard to complete our various current projects prior to winter in preparation for undertaking, over the next few years, many of the exciting developments outlined in our Long Range Master Plan.

Chairlifts already completed:

Subsequent to the approval of our Long Range Plan in the fall of 2019, we have installed two chairlifts:

  • The first, the Summit Chair, replaced the old Summit Platter
  • The second, the Lower Juniper Chair, became operational two seasons ago

Three new lifts are planned for the near future, and have already been ordered from the manufacturer:

  • Upper Juniper – Scheduled to open November 2024

This summer/fall we have been installing the foundations for the Upper Juniper Chair.  This chair, a six-pack with heated seats and a bubble, will be installed next summer, with a planned opening for the winter of 24/25.

  • Richardson’s Ridge – Scheduled to open in November 2025

The foundations for this chair will be installed next summer, with the chair itself being erected during the summer of 2025 in time for the 2025-2026 ski season.

  • Sunnyside - Scheduled to open in November 2025

This chair, a detachable quad and a beginner/teaching lift, will be installed during the summer of 2025. It will be located in the vicinity of, but will go higher than, the current carpets.

Runs and Terrain:

In West Bowl, we have done some additional glading in the woods below the various bowls and chutes, which should make it easier to get to the egress trail.

The Upper Juniper Chair will give skiers an alternate way to the top of the mountain and should completely eliminate base area line-ups and those at the Top of the World Chair, even on the busiest days.

We have completed a significant part of the preparation required for the installation of the Sunnyside Chair.

We are hoping to cut the lift line for Richardson's Ridge this winter so we can install the upper foundation of this lift over snow in the spring, and cut the new runs next fall.

Buildings, Parking, “Behind the Scenes” Projects:

To partially compensate for the loss of our major staff housing building by fire, we have installed temporary housing on Parking lot 1, and are in turn replacing the lost parking by redesigning and rebuilding parking lots 2,3, and 4. We have also completed another building in the Village adding 20 beds.

We have started to install the infrastructure that will ultimately be needed for our new Mountain Top Lodge, to be located at the top of the Grizzly Gondola.  This includes an access road, and provisions for services such as water, electricity, and fuel. We will also have completed, before this coming ski season, a Wildlife Underpass on Whitehorn Road, which is a requirement of our Long Range Plan specifically related to this Lodge.

We have purchased four new grooming machines, and we are continually upgrading our snowmaking system.  This year, because there are no World Cups, all of these resources will directly benefit our customers, from the very beginning of the season.

World Ski Awards:

Recognized as the pinnacle event in the ski industry, the World Ski Awards are a global endeavor designed to reward and commemorate excellence in ski tourism. The Lake Louise Ski Resort has nominations in three prestigious categories: Canada’s Best Ski Resort, World’s Best Freestyle Resort, and Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel for Skoki Lodge.

Thanks to the significant support of our customers, Lake Louise has been voted Canada’s Best Ski Area for 8 of the last 10 years, and one of the Top 3 Ski Resorts in the World, twice.

We would appreciate your support once again for the 23/24 season as this is important in drawing a significant number of visitors to our destination.

To cast your votes, please click on the below links:


Thank you for your past support!  It makes the projects outlined above possible.  Remember, our mission statement is "To make people happy!"

Don’t hesitate to give me a call at 1-403-541-2100, or email me with suggestions at Charles.Locke@skilouise.com if there are things we can do to enhance your experience while skiing or snowboarding at our favourite resort – Lake Louise.  We constantly strive to make this very special place even better!

Hope to see you soon,

Yours truly,

The Lake Louise Ski Resort

Charlie Locke & Family, Proprietors

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