Ski Terrain Improvements

3 months ago

The Lake Louise Ski Area is blessed with varied and challenging terrain and dramatic views of Victoria Glacier and Lake Louise and iconic, 360-degree vistas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The area is internationally-recognized and often rated as one of the top ski areas in the world. As a result, the ski area contributes significantly to the economy of the communities of Banff and of Lake Louise, as well as to the whole southern Alberta region. To respond to the evolving nature of the winter snow sports industry, and to continue to meet the expectations of local and international guests, we are looking to the future by renewing our services and facilities.

With new chairlifts and upgrades to existing chairlifts, we’ll be able to provide a high-quality ski and park area experience to accommodate approximately 9,000 skiers and riders and 1,000 non-skiers a day.

A comprehensive map of our existing and proposed facilities can be downloaded here.

Specific projects would create additional skiable terrain within a smaller overall footprint.

Proposed New Lifts:

  • Juniper Beginner Lift
  • Upper Juniper
  • Beginner Lift
  • Meadowlark
  • Eagle Replacement
  • Summit Chair
  • Prunepicker
  • Richardson’s Ridge


Proposed projects to improve the on-mountain experience include:

  • Improved ski trail connections for beginner and intermediate skiers between chairlifts and runs
  • Other ski terrain safety improvements and egress trails
  • Glading in several ski pods
  • New runs on Richardson’s Ridge
  • New Juniper Adult Learning Area
  • Sunny Side Learning Area and Tubing Park improvements
  • Two new runs to parallel the existing Meadowlark ski run
  • New runs associated with Prunepickers Lift


New chairlifts and terrain will allow us to offer much-needed beginner and lower intermediate ski runs and a range of opportunities for young people and families, as well as new areas for expert skiing. We will also better meet the needs of FIS World Cup competitions, amateur and grass roots events and training. In addition, we will be able to reduce points of congestion on the mountain and upgrade mountain operations for enhanced safety.


Consultation has concluded