Ski Like a Local – CRMR Insider Tips at Lake Louise Ski Resort

Skiers and boarders worldwide revere the light and airy powder that we have in abundance at the ski hills in the Canadian Rockies. People are drawn to the area from far and wide, to live and work here, just for a chance to ski at these gorgeous resorts on a regular basis.

CRMR staff know that they are incredibly lucky to be able to live near places that people spend a lifetime dreaming of skiing – Lake Louise Ski Resort in Lake Louise, Sunshine Village in Banff, and Mt. Norquay, near Banff. Our staff make the most of this proximity, and when they aren’t working, many of them are out exploring these world-class ski hills.

With a wealth of inside knowledge from years of skiing in the Rockies, we asked some of our most proficient CRMR skiers to recommend their favourite runs, best places to ski, and any other gems.


Hopefully these tips will help you have the most memorable ski day. And for those beginner skiers, know that there are plenty of runs for you to enjoy!

Lake Louise Ski Resort is a favourite of many at CRMR, especially those who work at Deer Lodge and Emerald Lake Lodge, as it’s just a short drive away from where they live and work.

Long-time CRMR Chef, and currently the Chef at Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Chef Kelly Strutt is a man of few words, but someone who really knows his ski hills. As an advanced skier he recommends the following runs at Lake Louise Ski Resort, and has a few little pointers:


Back Bowls

  • Whitethorn one, third gate. (Run #118 – black) Right by chunkies/Summit platter.
  • Whitethorn two, G gully on Summit. (Run #130 – black)
  • Brown shirt (Run #137 – black) and Boomerang (Run #133 – blue) are certainly favorites  Located off the back side of Summit with a ten minute hike.
  • Eagle ridge three (Run #90 – black) on Paradise.
  • Crow bowl (Run #85 – black) on Paradise.
  • Pika trees (Run #109 – green). Skiers left off of Pika cat track.


Front Bowls

  • Tower twelve on Larch (Run #151 – black). Follow the lift line until you hit the twelfth tower and head left.

Another avid skier on the CRMR team, Manuelle Cote-Gravel, Tour and Leisure Sales Coordinator, raved about the skiing at Lake Louise Ski Resort too.

“The back bowls at Lake Louise (from the top of the world chairlift) are probably the most fun you will ever have skiing in the Rockies – if you’re an avid skier and not afraid of heights, powder, big moguls and an awesome alpine adventure. Otherwise, it might be your worst time!” She continued to list all the amazing aspects of the resort, “Larch Express and Ptarmigan chairlifts are great sides to ski on, the terrain is easier than the powder bowls and usually a lot quieter than skiing from the main gondola. Let’s not forget the breathtaking views from all around at Lake Louise.”


Another fan of Lake Louise Ski Resort is Krista Callen, Administrative Assistant at Emerald Lake Lodge. “I snowboard at Lake Louise, and I don’t have any favorite runs per se, it just depends on the conditions, the mood I’m in, and how busy it is,” notes Krista. “But I would say that Lake Louise has an excellent selection of varied terrain for all levels of riders.  You’ve got everything from green runs to double black diamonds and everything in between.  I never get bored of the hill, there are always new places to explore.”

Reflecting for a moment, she added, “My only other words of wisdom would be, if you’re going to hit a big jump in the park, make sure you try to land it.  Don’t just launch yourself into the air and hope for the best.”

Lake Louise Ski Resort has a variety of trails, suitable for all types of skiers. Whether you find yourself following Kelly, Manuelle or Krista’s tips, or heading off on your adventure, there is something for everyone at this world-class resort.


Photo from Lake Louise Ski Resort

Another fun option for those looking for a break from skiing is the Sunny Tube Park – perfect for the whole family! Lanes are groomed for smooth sliding, and no previous experience required. Children as young as three can participate, and 3-5 year olds ride for free. Such a great way to spend a sunny day at Lake Louise Ski Resort, and there is special pricing for those with a lift ticket, season pass, plus card or SkiBig3 Super Pass.

There are so many exciting runs to discover, one day surely won’t be enough. Make a weekend or week-long trip out of it, and take advantage of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resort’s Ski and Stay Special featuring one night accommodation and one adult tri-area lift ticket per person, which is valid at Mt. Norquay, Lake Lake Louise or Sunshine Village. This package is valid at either Buffalo Mountain Lodge or Deer Lodge, and includes a complimentary shuttle to Lake Louise Ski Hill from Deer Lodge, or a complimentary ride to the Banff Ski Bus at Buffalo Mountain Lodge (subject to availability).

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