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His Take: Skiing and Skating Lake Louise

No matter what time of the year you pay visit to Lake Louise, it will always be one of the most magnificent places you have ever seen. Source: Real Banff Original Photography From: Couple of Yuppies At the height of winter, the Chateau Lake Louise transforms in to a winter wonderland totally unique in its …

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1. As amazing as Lake Louise is, I would suggest staying in the town of Banff as opposed to the Chateau. More options for food, and you’re a bit closer to the airport in Calgary (for when you leave).

2. Don’t limit yourself to visiting during the winter. The summer is arguably prettier when the lake is thawed and unimaginably turquoise.

3. If you’re skiing the Lake Louise mountain, pack a lunch. A slice of pizza for $10 is a bit of a rip off, if you ask me.

No matter what time of the year you pay visit to Lake Louise, it will always be one of the most magnificent places you have ever seen.

Skiing at Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta.

Source: Real Banff

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Original Photography From: Couple of Yuppies

At the height of winter, the Chateau Lake Louise transforms in to a winter wonderland totally unique in its ruggedness and isolation. A casual skate or a game of shinny on the lake is a nice way to spend the afternoon if taking a break from the slopes for a day. Take a note from Dumb and Dumber, and get out your extra pair of gloves… “You’re in the Rockies!” Seriously, for those of you from Toronto who I’ve heard complaining when the temperature drops down to a couple of degrees below zero, you’ll realize how ridiculous you look to us westerners when you dawn your ultra puffy Canada Goose jackets at the first sign of a snowflake. If ever there was a time for you to actually wear a coat like that, it would be December-February in the Rockies.

ImageSource: Ski-Resorts.ca

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Source: ON THE SNOW

The Lake Louise ski hill is a regular on the World Cup circuit, and a beast of a mountain when it wants to be. On a good day, the longer than average runs make for a hill that’s nearly impossible to beat, with difficulties for all skill levels. More for the downhill and moguls skier than the parks enthusiast, which is fine by me. On a not so good day, the long runs make for a hill that’s icy, miserable, and more frustrating than sitting through an entire Rob Schneider movie. Like most other hills in the area, the food is damn expensive and for the most part aweful. I’d suggest packing your own lunch and skiing with a light back pack for the day to avoid being gouged at the on site cafeteria. Lift tickets are also a bit pricer at Lake Louise, coming in at about $79 for an adult.

CLL-361Source: Global Reservation

You’re not going to find many better views than from the dining room of the Chateau Lake Louise. One of the original and legendary Canadian Pacific Railway Hotels, this place is done up to the nines. However, I personally wouldn’t recommend a stay there. It’s expensive, and the further you head in to the Rockies, the more likely you are to get stuck in bumper to bumper traffic behind an accident on the way back in to Calgary. With the town of Banff no more than 45 minutes to an hour away, you might as well lodge in a cheaper spot and make your way out to Lake Louise for a day.

ImageSource: Hostelling International Canada

Don’t limit yourself to a visit in the winter, as the summer is when the hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing, and just about anything else outdoorsy you can think of open up. This is also when the see-it-to-believe-it blue lake is on full display. Whether you hail from the other side of the globe or the other side of the mountains, Lake Louise is somewhere that everyone should experience within their lifetime.

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