Canada’s most northernly resort is also one of its most breathtakingly beautiful. Set amongst the dense forests, frozen lakes and deep valleys of Jasper National Park, the authentic town of Jasper is a 20-minute drive from the Marmot Basin, a superbly varied ski area of chutes, bowls and tree-lined glades.
Jasper is not just somewhere to lay your head at the end of a day’s skiing. It’s a true taste of Canada at its best: a proper frontier town, amidst spectacular scenery, full of friendly faces as well as moose, elk and deer who are as much a part of the community as the people themselves. Non-skiers can enjoy beautiful walks, spying on the wildlife, horse-drawn rides and ice-skating on a frozen lake.
Resort Altitude: 1,698m
Resort Skiing: 2,612
Blue Runs: 30km
Red Runs: 30km
Black Runs: 40km
Situated in the Alberta Rockies, Jasper's beautiful Marmot Basin resort has over 90km of slopes available at 1,700 metres, as well as six lifts - two of which are high-speed. The area offers pistes across 1,720 acres of land, ideal for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The Marmot Basin is split into four areas with excellent lift links between them, making it easy to jump from one to the other, and ensuring a nice, even spread of skiers and snowboarders across the mountain.
Expansive bowls with powder snow make Jasper's Marmot Basin the ideal haven for skiers. Expect wide groomed slopes, enchanting tree-lined trails and beautiful Rocky mountain views. The terrain is perfect for beginner and intermediate levels, with a separate zone dedicated for those learning to ski. Yet, expert skiers are not disregarded with plenty of black runs and hidden chutes across the resort.
For boarders, Jasper's Eagle East is the place to go. Set in between trees, freestyle snowboarders can enjoy the expansive terrain, perfect for an amazing ride down the mountain. Beginner boarders are also well-catered for with good progression runs and gentle rides through the bowls.
The Marmot Basin Ski & Snowboard School offers lessons for first-time skiers and snowboarders, high-performance clinics, freeride clinics, private lessons and a variety of children's programs.
For children over four years, there are 'Tiny Tots' lessons with supervised lunches available. The Little Rascals Nursery is available for children 19 months to 7 years of age.
An extensive range of restaurants are on offer in Jasper, with everything from pizzerias and takeaways to fine-dining experiences. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge offers various restaurants with a wide selection of cuisine including Oka Sushi and The Moose's Nook Northern Grill. Connaught Drive is another popular choice in resort with great food at reasonable prices.
Jasper's Marmot Basin has a relatively quiet après scene. However, skiers and boarders can still enjoy a beer and cocktail (or two) after the lifts close at the Caribou Grill.
Jasper is a quaint friendly town set amongst beautiful unspoilt scenery. From museums to ice rinks, as well as the Jasper Fitness and Aquatic Centre (equipped with a gym, swimming pool, water slide and hot tub) there is definitely enough to keep non-skiers busy in resort. Alternatively, non-skiers are also able to drive to nearby Pyramid Lake which boasts beautiful views all year round.