The Lake Louise Ski Area
The Town of Banff is not in itself a ski resort, but rather provides superb access to three ski areas, including Lake Louise. A vehicle – whether car, shuttle or bus – is required to reach the ski area. That being said, Banff has been voted in the “Top 10 No Car Needed Resort in the World” by OnTheSnow.com and there are plenty of options for public transportation.
Bus Transport to the Lake Louise Ski Area
The Lake Louise Ski Area is located just a few minutes from the hamlet of Lake Louise and 45 minutes from the Town of Banff. The ski resort is easily accessible by bus from as far away as Calgary or Edmonton. Season Pass Holders please note that passes are not included in the season pass and must be purchased separately.
Bus services are available from the following locations:
Lake Louise Complimentary Bus Service:
A complimentary bus pick-up is available from the Lake Louise Inn and Chateau Lake Louise during the ski season, and departures run every half hour during peak season (check the schedule). Call 1-877-956-8473 (toll free) for more information.
Banff Hotels to The Lake Louise Ski Area:
Buses are also available from a variety of hotels in the Town of Banff to the Lake Louise Ski Area. Check the schedule for pick-up times and purchase information. These transfers are free for Tri Area lift pass holders.
Calgary & Canmore Ski Bus:
Catch a ride to the Lake Louise Ski Area from a variety of pick-up locations in Calgary and Canmore. Check the schedule for times and rates. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 403-477-0999.
Calgary International Airport:
The Banff Airporter and Explore Rockies both provide shuttle transportation from the Calgary International Airport to Banff and Canmore. Lake Louise is accessible through an affordable private connection.
Edmonton Magic Bus to Lake Louise:
Same-day return transportation is available from Edmonton to the Lake Louise Ski Area, and departs from the Sawridge Inn Edmonton South (4235 Gateway Blvd) at 4:30am every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Trips must be pre-paid. Visit their website for additional information, rates and schedule or call 1-800-814-4886.
Getting to Banff National Park
From the East:
The Calgary International Airport is serviced by a variety of international airlines and is located only 90-minutes (140 km/87 mi) from the Town of Banff (Banff National Park) down the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). From there, the Lake Louise Ski Area is a 45-minute drive away (time dependent on road conditions), again down the TransCanada Highway.
Transportation options to Banff include car rental, scheduled airport shuttles, chartered motorcoach (for groups) and rail. Access the ski area from Banff by driving your own vehicle or using one of the bus services listed above.
From the West:
Banff National Park can also be accessed from Vancouver via the TransCanada Highway. Like Calgary, Vancouver International Airport is serviced by a variety of international airlines and presents many options for traveling to Banff: chartered bus, shuttle, rail or car rental. Banff is located a scenic, full day’s drive (850 km/530 mi) from Vancouver, which takes you through the Coast Mountains and wine-country of British Columbia before entering the stunning landscape of the Canadian Rockies.