I'm not sure if I just lucked out with the weather (snow every day), but I absolutely loved Lake Louise. I had read a number of iffy reviews on it and had friends tell me it is icy, but the runs were great with lots of powder when I was there. I'm a snowboarder and nothing makes me more annoyed than having to unstrap and skate uphill. I did not have to do that at all at Lake Louise. The runs were very long. The area overall reminded me of a scaled-down version of Whistler. I'm not much for grooming of runs, so the fact that they don't groom every run did not bother me. There are only a few chairs, but there are many runs, if that gives you any sense of how cool the place is. From the top of each chair you can taking on greens-blacks. As a boarder, I am also deathly afraid of chair lifts, but the Grizzly Gondola goes up high enough that I have a few choices of directions in which to go where I could go all the way back to the base without every touching a chair lift. Food was pricey and not particularly varied. They could use a few more lodges on the hill to make it more of a "world-class resort." But, overall, if your goal is to ski or board all day long and not be bothered by having to wait in lift lines, this is the place to be. I stayed in Banff and got the "SkiBig3" ticket with the free bus pass. This was very convenient as the bus picked up 1 block from my hotel and took about 45 minutes-1 hour to get to Lake Louise each day I went (I did 3 days at LL and 1 at Sunshine). On my last day we got quite a bit of snow during the day and there were cars and trucks flying off the highway left and right, so I was glad that I was not driving some rental car. I mostly boarded during the week, but did go out on Sunday. It was definitely more crowded Sunday, but they seemed to keep the lift lines going pretty well.
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