The Lake Louise Gondola is a no-effort way to reach the summits of the Canadian Rockies. At the bottom you will find a small cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as coffee and snacks at anytime. There are also main dining areas with full restaurants available a the bottom and top of the mountain. But the main attraction here is the ski lift gondola that will take you up about half-way to the summit of one of the ski hills.
Along the way you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the mountain from large pines waving in the wind to the small wildflowers below. You may even get a glimpse of many of the resident Grizzly Bears.
At the top you disembark to a small looping trail. One goes to a viewing platform and the other continues further down to a wild-life interpretive center. There are also two main hiking trails that lead further up the mountain and to other viewing plaforms. One is a traditional narrow hiking trail, while other is mostly a wide access mountain road.
On your decent you will see the entire valley of Lake Louise. You will witness Lake Louise, see the massive mountain ranges and glaciers and note how small the Chateau Lake Louise looks from way up high.
The Lake Louise Gondola operates in summer months only, and closed at the end of September to allow the resort to begin their winter operating season.
And that is where The Lake Louise Ski Resort shines. It has been nominated he best ski resort in all of Canada and the 2nd best in the entire world.
Lift tickets for the summer gondola ride are quiet expensive compared to other gondolas we have taken. In fact, the mountain town of Telluride in Colorado has a FREE gondola ride that operates all summer. Riding is unlimited and you can take it up to the summit and down another route to an entirely different town!
The cost of the Lake Louise Gondola is $40-$49 per person depending on where the purchase is made. You can save, $5 per ticket if you pick up a brochure at any hotel or restaurant. Many online deals we have found actually make the ticket more expensive than purchasing in person, so beware.