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…
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Jasper Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 24 Nov 2014|
|Last snowed|| 09-Nov-2014|
|Fresh snow||18 cm|
|Lower slopes||34 cm|
|Upper slopes||34 cm|
|Runs to resort||Fair|
|Off piste snow||Limited|
|Comments||Good skiing on well groomed pistes|
Snow Overview - Canada (snow news updated 24-Nov-2014)
Several resorts in Canada opened this weekend for the winter season, including Whistler (44cm) in the west and Tremblant (50cm) in the east.
Five lifts were spinning on Whistler Mountain, providing access to seven groomed runs and stashes of early-season powder thanks to 20cm of new snowfall over the weekend.
Across in Alberta the excellent early season conditions continue, with Lake Louise (39/52cm) now open top to bottom. Preparations here for the upcoming FIS World Cup races are well underway and with cold and snowy weather forecast this week conditions for race day on Saturday 29th November should be fantastic.
Unfortunately on the east coast the weather has warmed significantly and rain was falling at both Mont St Anne (15/25cm) and Tremblant (50cm). Colder conditions are however forecast to drop back below freezing by Tuesday.
Big White, Revelstoke and Silver Star are scheduled to open this coming weekend.
North American Weather Outlook
The cold and snowy weather across Utah and Colorado is forecast to continue through the early part of this week, potentially adding 15cm of new snow to the current totals. Sunny conditions forecast in the middle of the week will provide excellent riding for those lucky enough to already be in the mountains.
There are currently no signs of the warm and dry conditions changing across California, with temperatures predicted to remain above freezing even during the night.
A large storm is forecast to hit Canada from Tuesday 25th onwards, bringing with it large amounts of precipitation through the middle of the week. Unfortunately much of this is likely to fall as rain on Whistler’s lower slopes. However further east in the cooler interior of BC and across Alberta, at resorts such as Big White and Lake Louise, up to 40cm of snow could fall by Thursday 27th November.
Cold conditions are predicted to return to the east coast of the USA and Canada by Tuesday, allowing for the resorts to repair the slopes following Monday’s rain and to make snow on those slopes that are not yet open.