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.
Click here for reservations.
Starting the last weekend in November 2015, the world’s best alpine ski racers will compete in the Lake Louise Winterstart 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. On November 28 the Men’s Downhill will take place starting at 11.30am and the following day November 29 will be the Men’s Super G with an 11am start. The following weekend sees the women’s races, with the Ladies’ Downhill taking place on December 4 and 5 with a 12.45pm start each day and the Ladies’ Super G on December 6 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 5th year, the Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic will take place February 21-23 2014. 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 both Saturday and Sunday, with the competition being decided with the final games on Sunday afternoon.
This event is lots of fun for the spectators and players alike, and is rounded off with a western style dinner and dance.
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.”