This Winter, Think Spring – Banff’s Iconic Fairmont Chateau
For Spring Break, think ‘outside the beach’ for a snowy vacation at Canada’s iconic Lake Louise hotel, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
For many travelers, Spring Break is about escaping to the beach. This year it may be time to think outside sand and sun, with a Spring Break vacation that celebrates snow.
Located in Banff National Park, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is surrounded by soaring Rocky Mountain peaks. This castle-like hotel was built a century ago as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and alpinists to venture into Canada’s majestic Rockies; today it remains a luxury mountain resort offering guided mountain tours, world-class skiing, and a spa that will soak away the stresses of everyday life.
Step out of this iconic chateau’s back door onto pretty, snow-covered Lake Louise—with grand Victoria Glacier at its head—and you’ll step into a world of winter possibilities, from ice skating and snowshoeing, to cross-country skiing, ice climbing, sliding… and, of course, skiing at the nearby Lake Louise Ski Resort.
Winter equipment—skates, snowshoes, cross-country skis—can be rented within the hotel’s Chateau Mountain Sports. Guests can sign on for a Mountain Adventure Program that provides a personal guide to explore Lake Louise on snowshoes, cross-country skis, and more. And skiers can make the short 10-minute trip to Lake Louise Ski Resort, which has just been named 2014’s Best Ski Resort in Canada by the renowned World Ski Awards.
In the afternoons and evenings, once the day’s adventures are done, guests of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise love to visit the ice castle that’s built every year right on the lake—skaters can glide through it! As is ‘the Canadian way’, games of hockey break out on the ice at the back door of the majestic hotel—families and groups of friends get caught up in impromptu games of shinny, which is oh-so-Canadian.
Banff National Park is blessed with more than 30 feet of snow annually. The month of March—time for Spring Break—is known among Lake Louise locals as the snowiest month, with the region’s largest snowfalls typically taking place in March. With all this snow, there’s a very good chance guests during Spring Break will experience some awesome freshies.
And while many of us identify Canada with cold, Banff National Park’s average temperature in March is only 34 degrees Fahrenheit—with the region’s ultra-dry climate, that makes Spring Break practically t-shirt weather!
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is located a scenic two-hour drive from the Calgary International Airport in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. For more information on the hotel, its luxury, and its location, see www.fairmont.com/lake-louise/