Acres: 4,200 | Vertical: 3,250’ | Snowfall: 179” | skibig3.com
With no condos or sprawling commercial development blighting its base area—just two log lodges and a parking lot—Lake Louise feels old-school chummy. But its terrain is utterly big league, with steep, featured chutes in the Back Bowls and long frontside groomers. And with views of 11,365-foot Mount Victoria and its snaggled neighbors in Banff National Park, the panoramas equal anything in the Alps.
Can’t-Miss Run: Banff-based pro skier Vince Goyette squeezes the throttle on the Whitehorn 2 lines off the Summit Platter. With pow or without, says Goyette, “They’re steep and fast.”
Resort Bite: New last winter, Kuma Yama serves slabs of sushi and steaming bowls of ramen beneath the massive rafters of the Lodge at Ten Peaks. Feeling low on iron? Tataki and specialty rolls showcase Alberta’s celebrated beef.
Local Advice: “Stop by the Devil’s Gap Bar in Banff for Sunday Funday locals’ nights,” says Goyette. An unpretentious beer-and-foosball joint, “It’s where we get loose with friends after a busy week.” —Kelly Bastone
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.