One of the most beautiful ski destinations on the planet, Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada's Banff National Park is a schusser's delight with stunning scenery, a wide variety of terrain, and pow to spare.
A major trend for U.S skiers and snowboarders this season is taking advantage of the U.S dollars' strength over that of our neighbors to the north.
At the Lake Louise Ski Resort, in Alberta's stunning Banff National Park, single day lift tickets are only $92 Canadian or just $65 U.S with the exchange rate (currently .72 CAD to the USD). The price per day decreases to just $61 when you buy a three day pass at $258 CAD - a popular option for Americans. The resort is also a member of The Mountain Collective pass, a consortium of 16 resorts worldwide, which includes 2 free days at each resort for members and 50% off visits thereafter.
"Lake Louise appeals to all ages and abilities--with the low Canadian dollar and convenient access from most major U.S airports, we have been seeing an influx of American skiers this year," says Robin Locke, VP Strategy & Corporate Affairs.
Lake Louise is consistently voted as one of the most beautiful ski destinations on the planet and is having a banner year with recognition as Canada's Best Ski Resort from the World Ski Awards as well as On The Snow's award for best resort terrain. In addition to skiing, a new nighttime snowshoeing and astronomy tour has just started rounding out their offerings.
Direct flights to Calgary from more than ten major U.S. airports followed by a 75 minute drive west on the Trans Canada Highway to Lake Louise. (Hardly any winter traffi or snowy mountain passes to worry about).
Where to stay:
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the grand dame of the area. Originally built 100 years ago as a base for Alpinists charting the terrain.
Rates starting at $288 CAD
The independently owned and operated Relais & Chateau property run by Swiss brothers George and Andre Schwartz features 94 rooms and one of the best restaurants and wine cellars in Canada. Request accommodations in the exclusive Watson House property -- a 3000 sqft private cabin perched alongside the banks of the Pipestone River.
Price available upon request: 1.800.661.1586
Après ski sushi and ramen at Kuma Yama (inside The Lodge of the Ten Peaks at the base of The ski area) features fresh fish flown in from Vancouver three times a week, specialty teas from the Banff Tea Company, and imported Asian beers.