- The Lake Louise Ski Resort is across the Trans-Canada Highway from the Village of Lake Louise. Driving from Calgary to the Ski hill takes a little over two hours (about an hour from Banff). Unlike Sunshine, Lake Louise is accessible off the highway, and it does not require a gondola ride to get to the ski area. With 9 lifts and 4200 acres of terrain, there's lot of area to explore and lots of slopes to suit any level of skier. The trip up to the "Top of the World" provides one of the most spectacular panoramic view of the Rockies that you can find anywhere. Skiers have the option to stay on the front face of the mountain or discover the bowls down the opposite face. On busy days, the line-ups near the base of the mountain can get very long, so many people prefer to spend their time on the back of the mountain. There are 113 runs at Lake Louise, so there should be room for everyone. There are also 4 lodges for lunch and coffee. Lake Louise does not have the same amount of natural snow as Sunshine. In fact, about 40% of Lake Louise snow is man-made. It can, at times, be fairly icey.
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