Ice Magic Festival
The Ice Magic Festival is an annual event at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel, with the main weekend of the 2015 event taking place January 16-18. Starting at 8am on Jan 16 and finishing by 2pm on Jan 18, 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 18.
Tickets will be required to view the competition between 9am and 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, and can be purchased in advance from Ticketweb.ca or directly from 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 Lake Louise Inn on Jan 17 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 17 and Jan 18 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 18 at the Lake Louise Ski Hill from 10.00 to 11.00am (no ticket required).
You can also view a team of experts carving a large ice sculpture on both Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th from 10am to 5pm at Samson Mall (no ticket required).
The following weekend January 24 and 25 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 2pm each day at Samson Mall 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 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 children including face painting, crafts and the chance to be a wildlife detective ($2 entry).
Also on Saturday Jan 24 and Sunday Jan 25 there will be an ice carving demonstration from 12.00-12.30pm at the Chateau Lake Louise, for which a ticket is required ($10 – see above for purchase options).
While it’s very impressive to see the ice carvers in action during the festival 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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