Lake Louise Journals

Spring Skiing in Banff/Lake Louise

An April 2005 trip to Lake Louise by DrewD

Lake Louise Banff - Sunshine Village Photo, Lake Louise, Alberta More Photos
Quote: What do you do when your Aussie partner wants to ski in April? Well, much of Colorado/New Mexico/Utah is already closed, so you head to the Great White North to Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta in the Banff National Park.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Hotel | "Chateau Lake Louise"

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Photo, Lake Louise, Alberta
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Originally part of the iconic Canadian Pacific brand and built during the turn of the 20th century along the Canadian railways, the resort is one of the finest in North America. The attached photo shows the absolute exquisite view outside our fifth-floor window. Located right on Lake Louise in the middle of the Banff National Park, it is a short 5-minute drive from the Lake Louise ski resort. There is plenty of on-site shopping and dining, which is helpful, since Banff is a 45-minute drive and the only other option is a strip center on the highway. Chateau Lake Louise can make the perfect mountain getaway.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise, Alberta T0L1E0
(403) 522-3511

Laggan's Mountain Bakery and Deli

Restaurant | "Laggan's"

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This is a great place to go for coffee and breakfast before you hit the slopes. My Aussie partner absolutely loved it, as the Australian staff featured meat pies and sausage rolls, Aussie favs. They had a very nice "Breakfast on a Bun - BOB" to fill you up before the first run.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Laggan's Mountain Bakery and Deli
Samson Mall
Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0
(403) 522-2017

Maple Leaf Grill

Restaurant | "Maple Leaf"

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You can get a nice taste of "Canadian cuisine" - again, who knew? I highly recommend the Alberta beef, as well as the surprisingly pleasant British Columbian whites. They also feature bison and other Canadian carnivores. It is right off the main drag in town and provides a tasty getaway from the usual burgers and beers.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Maple Leaf Grill
137 Banff ave
Banff, Alberta T1L
(403) 760-7680

Rose & Crown Restaurant & Pub

Restaurant | "Rose & Crown"

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This is a great place to stop for a pint. Try the local (or I guess regional) beers, such as Kokanee from BC and Big Rock from nearby Calgary. It's a nice chance from the mass-produced Labatt's or Molson. Requisite Warren Miller ski movies play on the TVs to remind you you're in ski country.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Rose & Crown Restaurant & Pub
202 Banff Ave
Lake Louise, Alberta
403-762-2121

Lake Louise Banff - Sunshine Village

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Attraction | "Lake Louise and Sunshine Village"

Lake Louise Banff - Sunshine Village Photo, Lake Louise, Alberta
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There are three major resorts in Banff National Park (Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, and Norquay). Only Lake Louise and Sunshine Village were open this late in the season, but boy was it worth it. We spent two days at Lake Louise and one in Sunshine Village, and probably would have reversed it if we could. Crowds were almost non-existant, and for this American, not another Yank in site. The weekend we were there it was "Canadian Celebity Weekend" - didn't know there was such a thing. Snow was good, very nice weather, and absolutely beautiful surroundings. Because of the liberal Commonweath work visa requirements, nearly every worker at the resorts were either Australian or English, which made my...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2005

Lake Louise Banff - Sunshine Village
225 Banff Avenue
Lake Louise, Alberta
403-762-4561

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DrewD

DrewD
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea