The Lake Louise Ski Area, the Canadian Rockies' largest, is north of the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 across from Lake Louise Village 40-min west of Banff townsite. It features four mountain faces, 991 m/3250 ft vertical rise and sun-lit slopes all times of the day. Ride the 6-person Grizzly Express Gondola from the base to an upper ridge. From mid mountain, the region's only 6-person high-speed chairlift rise to the Saddle. The hill boasts 10 lifts plus 139 named bowls, chutes and tree-lined runs with some of the best fall-line skiing anywhere. Novice to advanced routes from every chair makes the entire resort accessible to all. The Lake Louise Ski Area offers free mountain tours, a variety of dining outlets, retail shops, rentals, ski and snowboard school, child care, terrain park and tube park. They also host the first World Cup alpine races of the season in late November/early December.