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The Real Banff / Published: Mon, 10/18/2021 - 12:08

4 Reasons To Visit Lake Louise Alpine World Cup

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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 at Lake Louise

If you haven’t already made it out for the first turns of the season - here is your chance! The Lake Louise Ski Resort is always among the first resorts in Canada to open for the winter season. 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. 

Family Ski, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff National Park
Devaan Ingraham

2. Cheer on the Racers from the Parka Patio Party

What's better than a patio and world-class skiers? You can indulge in a beverage in the great outdoors and watch the best of the best race down beautiful runs at Lake Louise from the Banded Peak Basecamp Patio on November 27 and December 4. Enjoy local food and drink as well as fun games while cheering on the 18 nations competing for the cup!

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.  

Whitney Arnott

3. Indulge In The Art of Après          

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.


Men's Downhill - Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27, 2021, at 12:15 pm

Men's Super G - Sunday, November 28, 2021, at 12:15 pm

Women's Downhill  - Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 12:30 pm

Women's Super G - Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 11 am


Make sure you purchase your Parks Canada Pass in advance for express entry into the park. All of the details, including frequently asked questions can be found in our Guide To The Parks Canada Pass.

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