December to early May
Calgary is only 2 hours away
Beginner to advanced
Alpine terrain, glacier bowls and world-renowned scenery
Lake Louise is located in the Banff National Park, where backcountry skiing options are endless! This part of the Canadian Rockies is famous for its wide terrain, glacier bowls and alpine lines. The vast, pristine and protected wilderness of Lake Louise is easily accessible via lifts from the resort or good old-fashioned skinning, and, with every kind of run imaginable, this off-piste terrain will leave you wanting more. Enjoy the breathtaking views and have fun on the challenging slopes! Let your guide show you the best lines and untracked powder stashes on this backcountry adventure in the heart of picture-perfect Canada!
Most Popular Itineraries
Private Intro to Backcountry Skiing
Avoid the resort crowds and head out to the backcountry with a professional guide who will show you all the basics of ski touring. Learn new skills and techniques and find out where the best powder stashes are hidden. There is no better place to start discovering the magic of powder skiing than in the snowy heart of Alberta. Spend your day touring the beautiful slopes surrounding Lake Louise, take in the views and prepare for some bigger adventures.
A Customized Day of Private Guided Backcountry Skiing
Some of the best lines around Lake Louise are located in Fairview Mountain, Surprise Pass, Mount Hector, Popes Shoulder and Divide Creek — each one better than the previous one! Let your guide tailor the day according to your wishes and take you to the best places in the area! Whether you want to work on your skills, learn some new tricks or just enjoy bluebird days, your guide will show you the best and most appropriate lines in the area.
Lift Accessed Backcountry Skiing
If you are still new to the backcountry or simply don’t want to waste time on uphill travel, lifts from the Lake Louise Resort are your best choice. Reach the exquisite fresh powder in the backcountry within minutes and spend the rest of your day on the slopes. Try out tree skiing or explore some of the alpine bowls — your friendly and experienced guide will introduce you to the best lines in the area!
Advanced Tours & Ski Mountaineering
Great snow conditions and challenging terrains around Lake Louise are ideal for advanced skiers who wish to upgrade their skill and get their adrenaline pumping! Fresh champagne powder and plenty of bluebird days combined with steep slopes and unbelievable views over the lake will quench your thirst for the ultimate thrill rides. Let your guide do the planning so you can have the adventure of a lifetime!
Things you need to know
Covid measures at Lake Louise
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures at Lake Louise, please refer to the official Alberta website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of backcountry ski touring
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
- Trip insurance
- Transportation and lodging
- Food and meals
- Park pass for Banff National Park
- Lift tickets ($59 if purchased with the guide)
How fit do I need to be?
In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. While there is terrain for all skill levels at Lake Louise, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with solid blue level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.
What equipment do I need to bring?
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
- Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
- Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
- Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel
- Avalanche probe
- Harness for glacier travel (for advanced touring)
- Ski crampons (required for trips in March, April, and May)
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- Gloves and hat
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Down jacket or vest
- Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
- One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
- Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
- Water bottle and 1L of water
- Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- First-aid kit
- Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
- Camera — optional
Can I rent equipment?
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
- Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe can be rented from your guide, Wilson Mountain Sports or Ultimate Banff Sports
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from Wilson Mountain Sports or Ultimate Banff Sports
- Splitboards can be rented from Ultimate Banff Sports
Ski rental locations are at Lake Louise and Banff, AB, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
What can I expect from skiing with a guide?
A certified ski guide will take all of the guesswork out of your time in the backcountry. From tour planning to route selection, terrain management, avalanche safety, and gear knowledge, your guide’s expertise and backcountry experience will ensure you have an unforgettable ski touring adventure.
It doesn’t matter your skill level, whether you’ve never backcountry skied or you’re seasoned on the slopes, skiing with a guide has its advantages. Your techniques will sharpen, you’ll learn how to navigate terrain safely, make smart decisions, and most of all, you’ll remain safe in unfamiliar terrain.
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 6:1.
The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to backcountry ski with friends and family.
Ski touring at Lake Louise can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this backcountry skiing adventure.
- Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
Mitigating avalanche risk is paramount for any excursion in the backcountry — that’s why it’s best to tour with a guide! Rest assured, your guide will set objectives that are attainable for the weather conditions on that particular day. Of course, inclement weather can always get in the way of backcountry skiing, but your guide will know the best course of action to take if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable, safe alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your backcountry ski tour to a more favorable day.
If backcountry skiing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Strict Cancellation Policy, which states:
Strict: If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
Calgary International Airport is located around 1.5 hours from Banff and 2 hours from Lake Louise. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service providing hourly transport from the Calgary Airport to Lake Louise.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.