Lake Louise Top 10 Winter Activities
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Top 10 Winter Activities
1. Downhill Skiing - The Lake Louise Ski Area is the largest ski area in North America. With over 4,200 skiable acres and 139 named runs to choose from, this alpine terrain offers the perfect variety for all abilities. Every chair lift has both an easy and a more difficult way down allowing everyone from novice to expert to enjoy and explore the whole mountain, including the famed back bowls. The ski hill is open from mid-November to early May and is a 10 minute drive from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Complimentary shuttle service is available for hotel guests.
2. Cross Country Skiing - Explore the extensive groomed cross country ski trails surrounding Lake Louise and The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise property. Rental equipment is available at Chateau Mountain Sports located in the hotel lobby. Lessons or Guided Mountain Heritage Tours can be arranged with our Concierge department.
3. Snowshoeing - Covered by snow for more than five months of the year, the Lake Louise area is superb for this ancient and efficient mode of travel. If you can walk, you can showshoe and discover the beauty of the area. Snowshoe rentals and Guided Mountain Heritage Tours can be arranged with our Concierge department.
4. Dogsledding - Enjoy the exciting opportunity to race in an authentic Inuit sled pulled by purebred Huskies. Your musher sled guide shouts "Go!" and your dogs are off scampering over the pure white snow. With the fresh air on your face and the Canadian Rocky Mountains surrounding you, it's a journey like no other. Tours operate from late November until mid-April based on weather and snow conditions. Contact our Concierge department for tour options and recommendations.
5. Sleigh Rides - Take a horse drawn sleigh ride along the lakeside trail to the end of majestic Lake Louise and see views of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise with spectacular, natural mountain scenery along the way. Traditionally styled sleighs, featuring cozy, upholstered seats and blankets willl keep you warm and comfortable - Western Style! Brewster Sleigh Ride Tours operate from early December to mid-April, depending on conditions.
6. Ice Skating on Lake Louise - Enjoy an authentic Canadian skating experience on beautiful Lake Louise. The massive Victoria Glacier and snow-frosted Rocky Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for skating on Lake Louise. Ice skating and hockey are available from mid-December to mid-April. An impressive Ice Castle is on display along with other incredible ice sculptures from late-January to mid-March.
7. Snow Tubing - Fly down the slopes in a tube! Mt. Norquay's snow tube park, the only one of its kind in the Banff area, has a snow tube rope tow and large sliding lanes to go down along with your group of friends or your family. A unique way to enjoy the slopes. Children must be a minimum of four years old and 42 inches tall to participate.
8. Johnston Canyon Ice Walk - Marvel at stilled waterfalls and dazzling pillars of blue ice as you explore the surprising magic of this winter wonderland. Your Guided Heritage Mountain tour begins with a 30-minute drive to the trail head, located on the scenic Bow Valley Parkway. After donning special "ice cleats", you will journey up to the lower canyon on numerous suspended catwalks before reaching the lower falls. Your trek continues onward and upward with many photo opportunities until you arrive at the grotto of the spectacular upper falls. Transportation, ice cleats and hiking poles are included.
9. Lakeshore Stroll on Snow - Enjoy a leisurely walk around Lake Louise and marvel at the majestic snow capped mountain peaks, pure pine scented alpine air and your sparkling, peaceful winter surroundings.
10. Stargazing on Lake Louise by Moonlight - Secrets spots and unique discoveries await after dark! Discover the stillness and mystery of the night sky - if skies are clear, the great constellations of Cassiopeia, the Great Bear and Orion the Hunter are overhead.