Hotel Jasper Inn
Jasper Resort Info
Jasper/Marmot Basin is right out in the beautiful wilds of the Eastern Rockies, three and a half hours from the nearest international airport in Edmonton. As with a lot of Canadian skiing, accommodation and entertainment are to be found in the major town of the area, Jasper, while the skiing is offered by a local domain, Marmot Basin.
Marmot Basin has over 1000 acres of slopes, is great value and provides good skiing for all abilities. It is particularly suitable for better intermediates, who will enjoy the several black pistes that the resort has to offer. The ski school, based in Jasper, has a great reputation, as well as offering snowboard clinics for those who want to spend less time on their bums. The scenery is wonderful and the skiing is typically North American - stress-free and user-friendly. Boarders have a particular soft spot for the place.
Jasper, which is 30 minutes from the skiing, is a world-famous resort in its own right, with great access to some of the best scenery and mountain terrain in Canada. It has plenty of quality accommodation for all budgets. The nightlife is reasonable, although some boarders seem to disagree! Because of its location, access to a car is invaluable. Then if you don't feel like skiing or travelling to other ski domains (for example Panorama), you can hit the open road and explore this stunning area. There is also the Jasper in January festival, which often has cheap deals on lift passes.
Overall, Jasper/Marmot basin is a wonderful place to experience Canadian mountain life and scenery, with plenty of great skiing – if you're into that sort of thing…
More Jasper resort information
Jasper Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 05 Mar 2015|
|Last snowed|| 02-Mar-2015|
|Fresh snow||5 cm|
|Lower slopes||121 cm|
|Upper slopes||121 cm|
|Runs to resort||Excellent|
|Off piste snow||Fresh|
|Comments||Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls|
Snow Overview - Canada (snow news updated 05-Mar-2015)
A few light dustings of new snow were picked up in western Canada during the week, nicely refreshing the pistes across the state. The biggest benefactor was Kimberley (136cm) which picked up 15cm of powder on Tuesday. Elsewhere the falls were of 5cm or less, but nonetheless the top up was most welcome. Some nice spells of sunshine were seen on Thursday 5th March, with more of the same expected over the weekend. There are some indications of heavier snow spreading into the state on Tuesday/Wednesday next week which is great news.
Cloudier skies in Alberta also brought some welcome fresh snow, with the Banff (152cm) resorts seeing 11cm of new snow in the past week and Marmot Basin (120cm) picking up 5cm. The colder air in place over the state has preserved the snow in excellent condition and as a result the piste conditions in particular are fantastic. Mostly cloudy weather is forecast for the next seven days, with light snowfall possible – possibly as much as 20cm by Tuesday.
Again Quebec continues to offer some fantastic skiing, with Mont Sainte-Anne (100/160cm) particularly standing out following 25cm of new snow since Wednesday. Cold temperatures and 9cm of new snow at Tremblant (110/190cm) have again helped to provide some great skiing here too. More snow is in the forecast, with 20cm possible by Tuesday.
North American Weather Outlook
Mostly sunny weather is forecast for western Canada over the weekend, although Alberta may see cloudier skies and some light snowfall. The new week may bring some fresh snow for British Columbia which is great news, although the heaviest falls are currently set to miss Whistler.
Following some fantastic snowfall in recent days, Utah and Colorado are set to see a glorious weekend of sunny weather. Current forecasts indicate that the settled weather is set to stay, although there is a possibility of some light dustings at some resorts in Colorado. Temperatures are set to rise slightly, but not nudge too far above zero at mid-mountain level.
A sunny week is also predicted for California, with slowly rising temperatures peaking at around +5 to +8 at mid-mountain level. Unsettled weather is expected from Tuesday onwards, bringing the possibility of some much needed new snow.
Across on the east coast, sunshine will certainly be at a premium over the weekend and in the next seven days. Some sunny breaks are expected, as is some light snow, perhaps amounting to as much as 20cm in some favoured locations. Temperatures are set to be slightly higher than of recent weeks, but are still set to remain below freezing, with an average of around -5C at mid-mountain over the weekend.