The Ice Magic Festival is an annual event taking place over 2 weekends (January 19-29 2017) at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel, Deer Lodge, and Lake Louise ski area.
The main competition of the 2017 event takes place from January 19-21; starting at 8am on Jan 19 and finishing by 2pm on Jan 21, professional ice carving teams of two 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 21. This year’s theme for the competition will be Canada – True North.
Tickets will be required to view the competition between 10am and 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, and can be purchased in advance from Ticketweb.ca or directly from outside the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or at the Lake Louise Visitor Information Centre 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 20th there will be a speed competition from 7.30pm to 8.30pm where professional carvers will have just one hour to turn a block of ice into a masterpiece (no ticket required). A second speed carving competition will take place at the base of Lake Louise ski area at 10am on Jan 22nd.
On both Jan 21 & 22 at 11am you can take part in a guided snowshoe excursion ($64) and then view the magnificent ice carvings afterwards. There is also the opportunity to learn to snowshoe at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday, free of charge courtesy of Parks Canada – find their banner on the Lake Louise shoreline.
Snow Carving will also be making a daily appearance from Jan 19-22, when professional snow sculptors will be practicing their art at Lake Louise Ski Resort.
The weekend of January 28 and 29 is an opportunity to view the sculptures from the previous week’s competition at Chateau Lake Louise, while taking in some other attractions.
On both Saturday & Sunday there will be ice carving demos from 10am-4pm (with a 12-1pm break) by the side of the Lake, while from 10am-5.30pm snow carvers will be in action at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
For these 2 events tickets will be required between 10am and 5.30pm on Sat & Sun (see above for ticket information).
Free snowshoe lessons will again be offered by Parks Canada from 11am-3pm by the lake shore.
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.
Click here for reservations.
Unfortunately the 2016 men’s Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup has been cancelled. Originally due to take place November 26-27, unusually warm weather conditions hindered efforts to prepare the course to World Cup standards and the FIS authorities had no option but to cancel. Read the official press release here.
Work continues to enable a successful ladies’ Ski World Cup race weekend, due to take place December 2-4 2016. Keep up to date with the race schedule by visiting the official race website.
On the first weekend of December 2016, the world’s best female alpine ski racers will compete in the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup, Canada’s only alpine skiing World Cup event, and the first downhill and super G races of this winter’s World Cup circuit. The Ladies’ Downhill will take place on December 2 and 3 with a 12.30pm start each day and the Ladies’ Super G on December 4 starting at 11am.
*Please note that the race schedule is subject to revision and details should be confirmed on the official race website.
The races will take place at Lake Louise Ski Area and spectators can see the finish line from the base area or with a lift ticket ski to view the races from various parts of the course. Although the race courses are obviously closed to the public before and during the World Cup, the majority of the ski hill is not effected and the rest of the slopes are usually uncrowded during these events.
To find Lake Louise lodging during this event, click here.
For further information about the ski races, visit www.lakelouisealpineskiworldcup.com
Now in its 8th year, the Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic will take place February 22-26 2017, with two different tournaments. The “charity mid-week” tournament will take place on Thursday Feb 23 and Friday Feb 24, while the “weekend” tournament will be from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th. The word ‘Pond’ is used loosely here as the shinny tournament will take place on the majestic Lake Louise itself, making it perhaps the most scenic location in the world for outdoor ice hockey. Teams of four will go head to head in 30 minute games on all 4 days, with playoff games deciding the winners.
This event is lots of fun for the spectators and players alike.
To find out more about entering a team, click here.
Ever since the announcement that newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would visit Alberta as part of their royal tour of Canada, speculation has been rife regarding where in the province they would visit. Set in the spectacular Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was always a strong contender for the royal couple’s itinerary, and indeed on the night of July 6 they chose to spend some private time at Skoki Lodge, a historic backcountry lodge and hiking mecca in the pristine alpine wilderness of Banff National Park, close to Lake Louise ski area.
While some rumours suggested that the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or the Post Hotel might be the accommodation of choice for Will and Kate, part of Skoki’s appeal was undoubtedly the secluded location, being an 11 km hike, mostly uphill, from the nearest road. Prince William and Kate Middleton were able to fly in by helicopter, which must have been an awe-inspiring journey over the Canadian Rockies, on what was a beautiful clear blue sky day in the Banff and Lake Louise area.
Shortly after lunchtime July 7, the couple travelled by helicopter from Skoki Lodge to the Lake Louise ski area where they were able to freshen up and change before their onward journey to Calgary International Airport where, according to the Government of Canada’s website for the Royal Tour, their official duties were due to resume at 4.30pm.
Charlie Locke, who with his wife Louise, owns both Skoki Lodge and Lake Louise Ski Area, said about the visit: “We believe we met their expectations with respect to providing the type of getaway they were looking for and that they enjoyed their time here. We hope that they will visit again.”