Ice Magic Festival
The Ice Magic Festival is an annual event taking place over 2 weekends at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel and other venues throughout the village.
The main competition of the 2016 event takes place from January 15-17; starting at 8am on Jan 15 and finishing by 2pm on Jan 17, 10 professional ice carving teams will use chainsaws to form huge ornate ice sculptures from 15 blocks of ice, which are then judged with awards presented at 4.30pm on Jan 17. This year’s theme for the competition will be Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.
Tickets will be required to view the competition between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, and can be purchased in advance from Ticketweb.ca or directly from outside The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or Samson Mall on the festival weekend. These tickets are for 1.5 hour time slots, so it’s recommended to book in advance to get the time slot you prefer (adult $10, child/senior $5, family $25 (2 adults + up to 4 children)) . *Guests staying at a Lake Louise hotel will receive a complimentary ticket from their accommodation.
At Deer Lodge on Jan 16 there will be a speed competition from 2.30pm to 3.30pm where professional carvers will have just one hour to turn a block of ice into a masterpiece (no ticket required).
On both Jan 16 and Jan 17 there will be ice carving demonstrations, with demonstrations taking place both days from 12-12.30pm at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (ticket required), and on Jan 17 at the Lake Louise Ski Hill from 10.00 to 11.00am (no ticket required).
You can also view experts carving frozen works of art on both Friday 15th and Saturday 16th from 10am to 5pm at Mountaineer Lodge (no ticket required).
Snow Carving will also be making a daily appearance from Jan 15-24 (excluding Jan 19), when a professional team will be creating a huge snow sculpture at Chateau Lake Louise. Ice Magic tickets will be required to view the snow carving demonstration on Jan 23 & 24 between 10am & 4pm.
The weekend of January 23 and 24 is an opportunity for the kids to have a go at ice carving as well as other fun activities on both Saturday and Sunday.
From 11am to 3pm each day at Lake Louise Inn kids can try out ice carving for themselves in the Little Chippers Ice Zone. From 12.30 to 1.00pm and 2.00 to 2.30pm you can skate with the Ice Queen & King on Lake Louise, and from 12.00 to 3.00pm the Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers fun activities for the whole family (free entry with Ice Magic ticket).
Sculptures from the previous week’s competition can be viewed all weekend at the International Ice Carving Site at Chateau Lake Louise, and the final 2 days of the Snow Carving demonstration will also take place. For these 2 events tickets will be required between 10am and 4pm on Sat & Sun (see above for ticket information).
Also on Saturday Jan 23 and Sunday Jan 24 there will be an ice carving demonstration from 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at the Chateau Lake Louise (ticket required),
While it’s very impressive to see the ice carvers in action during the festival competition weekend, the magical sculptures can be viewed for several weeks after the event, as long as the temperatures stay low!
Ice Magic Hotel Packages in Lake Louise
If you are looking for lodging at a Lake Louise hotel during the Ice Magic Festival, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise cannot be beaten for convenience, as most of the events will be taking place right outside.
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