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The Real Banff / Published: Thu, 10/27/2022 - 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 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 FIS Ski World Cup presented by Teck 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 Finish Line

The world cup is a one-of-a-kind event in Canada, and you can be right there at the finish line cheering on the racers. The best part? It's free to watch from here, and no lift ticket is required. You'll be right in the heat of the action as races come down to the wire, witnessing some of the best skiers in the world.

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

4. 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 - November 22 to November 25, 2022

Men's Super G - November 26 to November 27, 2022

Women's Downhill  - November 29 to December 3, 2022

Women's Super G - December 4, 2022


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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