What to Pack

Ski, Skate, Stay | Everything You Need for a Mountain Getaway

When it comes to a winter wonderland, there are few places as idyllic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta’s Banff National Park. Surrounded by the majestic Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain peaks and a glistening emerald lake, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise benefits from the unparalleled natural beauty of its UNESCO World Heritage site location.

Outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home at the luxury mountain resort with every treasured winter activity, including world-class skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and horse drawn sleigh rides, available right at the hotel’s doorstep. Whether you’re looking forward to a snowy outdoor adventure, or rejuvenating indoors, here are some tips for packing for the ultimate mountain escape this winter.

The Essentials

Prepare to pack warm, cozy layers for a trip to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise during the winter months. Its dreamy, snow-covered mountain location ensures colder temperatures during the day and night. Regardless of whether you plan to take part in one of the many seasonal outdoor activities available or enjoy the luxury indoor amenities, here are some essential items worth packing for a wonderland adventure:

Essential Packing List

  • Full-length winter coat
  • Warm wool socks
  • Several warm layers, including thermal shirts and sweaters
  • At least one formal outfit for dining
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Swimsuits for enjoying the whirlpool
  • Winter boots for exploring outdoors
  • Sneakers or comfortable walking shoes for indoors
  • Dress shoes for dining

If you need to spare some room in your luggage, keep in mind that as a guest of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise you’ll have access to our plush Fairmont robes during your stay, so feel free to leave the loungewear at home. And if you plan to take advantage of the state of the art health club, the Fairmont Fit program offers athleisure clothing for use.

For Hitting the Slopes

It’s no secret that Lake Louise has some of the most coveted ski trails in Canada. The terrain at Lake Louise Ski Resort, just a quick ten-minute’s drive from the hotel, has over 4200 picturesque and ski-able acres, designating it one of the largest ski areas in North America. Experts, beginners and skiers of all intermediate levels can enjoy the varied runs available at the resort. Rent your high-performance equipment from Chateau Ski & Snow, and get ready to take in breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies as you make your way down the mountain.

Remember to Pack:

  • Ski goggles
  • Insulating or ski pants
  • Turtleneck
  • Sweater or Fleece Jacket
  • Backpack

First time on the slopes? Check out the friendly and helpful instructors at the Lake Louise Ski & Snowboard School. Sign up for single or group classes to improve your confidence and skill on the mountain.

For Skating the Lake

Come wintertime, both children and adults can experience the magic of ice skating on Lake Louise. Previously ranked the world’s best skating rink, Lake Louise is the perfect setting for a special, one-of-a-kind skate. With Victoria Glacier and the Rocky Mountains in the background, you will feel like you’ve entered an enchanted world.

For a romantic skate, visit the lake at night when the stars are in full view and the Chateau’s sparkling lights can be seen reflecting off of the frozen ice. After a leisurely skate, cuddle-up beside the evening campfire at Guide’s Cabin. Or, request a complimentary lakeside campfire for an even more intimate experience. Just contact the concierge team to complete the request.
Skates and other winter gear are available for rental at Chateau Ski & Snow.

Remember to Pack:

  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Winter coat
  • Tights or long pants
  • Camera

For Mountain Trekking

Want to experience the iconic Canadian Rockies in a new and unforgettable way? Join in on a century-old tradition by booking a private guide for your winter mountain exploration. In the early 20th century, Swiss guides introduced countless guests to the natural wonders of Banff and Lake Louise. Today, the legacy continues with guided show-shoeing, hiking and Mountain Adventure Guide tours. Whether you want to try your luck at the ancient mode of snowshoe travel or learn more about the frozen waterfalls at Johnston’s Canyon, there’s a remarkable adventure in snow awaiting.

Remember to Pack:

  • Thermal layers
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Travel-sized water bottle

With dazzling outdoor adventures and luxurious indoor amenities, it’s easy to see why #WeLoveWinter at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise!

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