Each fall the world’s fastest skiers descend on the hamlet of Lake Louise to kick-off the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Beyond the lightning fast racers and the spirit of competition, the festivities that surround the event make for an unforgettable weekend in Lake Louise.
Here’s our list of four reasons to visit The Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup weekends.
1. Start Your Season
If you haven’t already made it out for the first turns of the season - here is your chance! The Lake Louise Ski Resort was among the first resorts in Canada to open for the 2017/18 season and they are already off to a great start. In addition, readying the official FIS downhill course for competition, they have also opened four lifts and more than 40 runs. Check in with their snow conditions page for the latest.
2. Kids Ski For Free
Are your kids feeling inspired by the racers? Here’s your chance to get them on the slopes for free. Get two free lift tickets for children 12 and under at the Lake Louise Ski Resort with the purchase of an adult lift ticket. The Lake Louise Ski Resort will also give a free ski lesson to beginners 12 and under to celebrate the Audi FIS Ski World Cup coming to town.
3. Have Your Own Adventure in Lake Louise
With more than 130 cm of snow already on the ground in Lake Louise, it’s time that you have a proper winter adventure! Hike alongside the iconic Lake Louise or explore several of the incredible cross-country ski trails in the area. The massive amounts of snow also make for great snowshoeing, including tours that leave directly from the Lake Louise Ski Resort and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
4. An Excuse To Try Some New Restaurants
After a long day of adventure, you have the perfect excuse to sample some of the amazing culinary offerings in Lake Louise. Take advantage of après ski slope side at Kuma Yama Sushi Bar or The Powder Keg or head up to the newly opened Alpine Social, which features hearty, alpine-inspired comfort food with an incredible cocktail scene at the edge of Lake Louise.
While you’re at the World Cup festivities, stop by the European Market on the Whisky Jack Patio at The Lake Louise Ski Resort. The Banff Ave Brewing Co. and Park Distillery will be on site giving away beer and spirit samples made from glacial waters here in the Canadian Rockies. Warm up with mulled wine or hot chocolate, or grab a quick sausage or pretzel before heading back to the races!
If you're visiting for the World Cup events, make sure you celebrate the kick-off to the season by joining some of our Lake Louise businesses for a culinary delights, exhilarating winter sports or relaxing cultural experiences. Check out these great events on the Lake Louise Welcomes the World page.