CANADIAN SKI & SNOWBOARD VACATIONS

Skiers at Marmot Basin ski resort, Jasper National Park

You’ll find Marmot Basin ski resort nestled in the natural wonders of Jasper National Park. The resort has a laid back friendly feel and is serviced by the nearby town of Jasper.

Marmot Basin has ski runs for every level with an even split of beginner, intermediate and advanced on 91 marked trails with no lift lines and 1,720 acres (696 hectares) of skiable terrain to explore. Add the Jasper Sky Tram, the Glacier Sky Walk, the Columbia Icefields, a hot springs to soak in, and the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve for night time viewing,  your days will be filled with adventure.

If you love big mountain vistas and sprawling valley floors filled with glacial lakes and rivers and quaint towns, then Marmot Basin is for you.

Why Marmot Basin?

Relaxed, laid back, under the radar with big vistas that get under the skin and nestle in your traveller’s heart. The resort is 3.5 hours drive, some 179 miles (288 km) from Banff so you could combine two national parks in the one ski  vacation.

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About marmot basin

THE SNOW

Skiing at Marmot Basin The crew at Marmot Basin keep the resort pumping from mid November to early May with a huge 6 month ski season. The ski resort averages 14.75 feet (4.5 m) of natural snowfall a season with dry, light snow the norm plus additional snowmaking.

 

Marmot will make its mark on you, with a variety of groomed runs, trees, moguls, alpine bowls and chutes. You’ll be back for more, that’s for sure. The resort opens for a up to 6 months from mid-November to early May.  We counter the argument that it’s too cold to ski in the Rockies, with average temperatures recorded: December 14F (-10°C), January   and February 15F (-9°C), , March  21F (-6°C), April 28.4F (-2°C)

 

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THE TOWN

Marmot Basin is a half hour or 12.5 miles (20km) drive from the town of Jasper.

 

The resort has what you need for a day on a ski hill with dining options, a nursery for the kids, ski school, a rental shop and retail should you find you’ve left something downtown.

 

The town of Jasper is home to 4500 residents year round and is a true Canadian mountain town, easy going and relaxed with friendly locals. Expect a blend of classic and contemporary Canada with a handful of hip cafes amongst outdoors stores and adventure operators.

 

There is more than enough on offer to fill your après hours and non ski days including the Miette Hot Springs to soak those ski thighs.

 

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WHERE TO STAY

Marmot Basic cosy mountain cabins From luxury lakeside retreats at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, to cosy mountain cabins, self contained apartments, inns and chalets, you’ll have your pick in Jasper.

 

For jaw dropping views stay at Glacier View Lodge, for old world history the Athabasca Hotel has you covered, Astoria Hotel for character and charm, for accommodation steeped in history and true Canadian charm, as well as wildlife and nature, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is our pick, with some 700 acres (284 ha) of wilderness.

 

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT MARMOT BASIN

Skiing at Marmot Basin#1. Jasper National Park — Canada’s national parks are true wonders of the nature world, as well as included as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, and the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve. Witness the northern lights, and see the Milky Way sparkle.

 

#2. The Icefields Parkway, and the Columbia Icefields glaciers alone can keep you mesmerised for days. This is the driving route to Jasper from Banff and is truly stunning as it cuts through the heart of two of the world’s most stunning national parks.

 

#3. It’s still under the radar. Marmot Basin is a chilled out, laid back skiing experience with virtually no lift lines, acres of pristine terrain.

 

#4. The Sky Tram — an engineered adventure with huge views. Take the tram to the top of the Rocky Mountains, take in the spectacular scenery, and go snowshoeing.

 

#5. Five mountains faces with the highest elevation — Marmot Basin has 1720 acres (696 ha) of skiable terrain across five faces with trees, open bowls, chutes, groomers, moguls and terrain parks. The highest base elevation of any major Canadian ski areas, guaranteeing a long and reliable ski season, each and every year.

 

 

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RESORT FACTS

Ski mountains in Marmot Basin

DESIGNATED TRAILS:

#Trails Beginner Intermediate Advanced Extreme
91 30% 30% 20% 20%

ANNUAL SNOWFALL:

Marmot Basin Ski Resort 14.75 feet 450 cm

TERRAIN:

Resort Area 1,720 ac 696 ha

Elevations:

Vertical Drop: 3,000 ft / 914 m
Longest Run: 5.6 km (3.5 miles)
Summit Elevation 8,570 ft / 2,612 m
Base 5570 ft / 1,698 m Canada’s highest base elevation
Westridge Base – Gem Lake 4950 ft / 1508 m

NUMBER OF LIFTS & UPHILL CAPACITY:

Lift System: 7 lifts including 4 quad chairs, 1 triple chair, 1 double chair and a Magic Carpet.
Uphill Capacity: 12,000 people per hour

NORDIC SKIING

Jasper cross-country skiing

Quite simply, Jasper National Park is a great place to go cross country skiing, with a large trail network for all abilities and stunning views. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has 26 kilometres of groomed trails to enjoy, with varying difficulties and lengths to choose from. There are a myriad of trails around the Jasper National Park — The Pipeline Trail, in the Miette River valley; Maligne Lake offers two easy trails, the Moose Lake Trail and the Lake Trail Loop, perfect for beginners; Athabasca Falls/Meeting of the Waters is a moderate groomed “trail. There is so much wide open space, a snowy serenity overload, with mother nature delivering the winter goods.

 

NIGHT SKIING:

There’s no night skiing at Marmot Basin. Come winter, the sun goes down over Jasper National Park by mid-afternoon. That makes for some loooong winter nights. Locals know that’s no bad thing. This is the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve, where 11,000 km2 of night sky goes practically unsullied by artificial lights.

 

You’ll see the Milky Way sparkling across the night sky. If you’re lucky, you may even see the northern lights pulsing overhead in a riot of green iridescence.

 

The Dark Sky Preserve is best viewed from the Jasper Planetarium, located at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and definitely a must-do.

 

SEASON DATES & OPENING HOURS 

The resort opens for a up to 6 months from mid-November to early May.

 

WINTER HOURS OF OPERATION 

9:00am – 4:00pm daily (School House Chair closes at 4:30pm). Note: These times are provided by the ski resort and can vary based on external conditions, day of the week, school, and public holidays.

 

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GETTING THERE

Skiing at Marmot Basin

FLY 

Both Edmonton International Airport and Calgary International Airports are serviced by major national and international carriers. You’ll then need to drive or take a bus or train.

 

DRIVE FROM BANFF

Trans-Canada Highway 16, also known as the Yellowhead, runs through the park and is the main east-west route to and from Jasper. The Icefields Parkway, widely considered one of the most scenic stretches of highway in the world, runs north-south, connecting Jasper with Lake Louise and Banff.

BY BUS

Sundog Tours can pick you up at the Edmonton airport and bring you to Jasper via Highway 16.

BY TRAIN 

The VIA Rail train is a stunning two day train journey and can take you from Vancouver on a luxury sleeper train with big window views through the Rocky Mountains to Jasper. Imagine gliding through the frozen Canadian Rockies on a snow train. Brilliant-white mountain peaks are framed by deep-blue skies. Icy forests of spruce and aspen line the tracks. And in the distance, a big-horned sheep ambles along the rocky terrain.

This is one of our most magical Canadian winter adventures. Imagine climbing aboard a train in Vancouver, sharing a glass of wine with fellow travelers, then being lulled to sleep as snow falls outside. Awakening in a Rockies winter wonderland, for a few days of discovery, fun, and indulgence.

We recommend you travel from west to east, that way you are assured of maximum daylight hours to witness the spectacular snow covered Rocky Mountains, towering majestically about the frozen lakes.

 

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TRAIL MAP

Marmot Basin trail map

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TERRAIN PARKS

TERRAIN PARKS

Marmot Basin has 3 terrain parks to choose from. The lower Terrain Park, which is the largest of the three, is located on Lower Lift Line, and can be accessed via the Eagle Express chair.

 

There is also a rail park located at the base of the Eagle Ridge quad which is set up early in the season and is a great place to learn to ride rails and boxes for the first time or to learn a new trick before bringing it to bigger features.

 

The Rail Park is located in upper mountain on Marmot Run, and is accessible from the Canadian Rockies Express and the Paradise Chair.

 

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SNOW SCHOOL

people skiing at Marmot Basin ski resort Marmot Basin ski resort has an excellent ski and snowboard school with private and group lessons for kids and adults. Choose from half day or all day, even terrain park tuition and a ‘next step’ package to get you off the beginner runs and into the blue.

 

The Little Rascals nursery is located in the Caribou Chalet and accepts children from 19 months to 6 years old for day care. Kids from the ages 4-5 can take part in the tiny tracks program which includes a full day of child care, lunch, rentals and two, 1 hour lessons with an instructor in a small group. Your child’s health care number is required.

 

COVID-19 Policy: The resorts’ products, programs and prices may change or vary for the upcoming 2020/21 season as they continue to act in accordance with the instructions of the Alberta Health Services and other Government officials.

 

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RENTALS

Save the hassle and extra cost of dragging your own gear with you. Marmot Basin have everything you’ll need right at the mountain. Best of all, they offer complimentary overnight storage taking away any hassle of dragging gear to the hill each day. Each year, the rentals shop has some high-performance demo gear, you can try before you buy. Loads of choice to suit the mountain conditions each day.

 

If you feel like exploring on Nordic skis or snowshoes, local rental stores in downtown Jasper have you covered.  Jasper National Park has over 11,000 kms of unbridled wildnerness on your doorstep. You might need more than a day to explore it!

RETAIL THERAPY

Marmot Basin, Jasper shopping district From day spas to art galleries, souvenirs, fashion, outdoor gear and more, you’ll find it in Jasper. For a smaller town the retail offering is quite extensive including camera gear and electronic goods, two grocery stores, liquor stores and a bulk health food store.

 

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THINGS TO DO

People dog sledding at Marmot Basin Where do we start? There is so much to keep your adventure soul fuelled in Jasper National Park.

 

Try the Jasper SkyTram that climbs to the summit of Whistlers Mountain for panoramic views. For history head to the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives.

 

Hit the Miette Hotsprings for a soak, take a tour of the glaciers on the Columbia Icefields and the Glacier SkyWalk that juts out over the mountain with a glass floor to keep you on your toes. Take a guided ice walk in Maligne Canyon or go snow shoeing, xc skiing, ice fishing, take a sleigh ride or a dogsled.

 

Don’t fancy heading out in the cold? Head to the Jasper Planetarium at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and an astrology expert will tell you all about the constellations and guide you on a live virtual tour of Jasper’s night sky. You can also check out the skies through the largest telescope in the Rockies. You may even see the northern lights, dancing across the horizon.

 

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APRES SKI

Jasper pubs and cafes Bring a loose belt, you’ll need it, with all the hearty mountain food on offer from fine dining to pubs and cafes for some home town Canadian après. Jasper boasts 80 restaurants from Mediterranean to Asian and back again, you’ll find cuisine for all palates. Expect delicious local produce including beef, elk, venison and trout from Alberta served up in dining rooms with glorious mountain vistas.

 

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