VERTICAL, 3,365 feet
SKIABLE ACRES, 4,200
ANNUAL SNOWFALL, 150 inches
LIFT TICKET, US$43
JAW-DROPPING vistas of Banff National Park greet the lucky folks up top of Canada's biggest ski area, and world-class terrain awaits below.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This place splits styles: At the south side's terrain park, huck junkies can air their grievances with gravity while fans of pure carving hit the quieter north face to ride the bowls.
NUMBER-ONE RUN: Take the SUMMIT Platter up 8,765-foot Mount Whitehorn and cruise Brown Shirt, taking in views of the Bow Valley. Or head out from the Larch area, locate Lookout Chute, and disappear into the trees—just make sure you reappear.
HOT LODGE: From the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, gaze out at the glacier-fed namesake lake. To fight off the Canadian chill, try steaming truffle fondue at the hotel's Walliser Stube; wash that fungus down with some ice wine, made from grapes frozen on the vine. (Doubles, $344; 800-441-1414, www .fairmont.com/lakelouise)
SOUL PATCH: With faraway Victoria Glacier as backdrop, a spin on Lake Louise's skating rink makes for high entertainment. During January's ice-carving competition, you can see frozen stars like Winnie the Pooh, then toast marshmallows at the braziers nearby. (Appropriately enough, the silly old bear has been quoted as saying, "Fight fire with marshmallows.")