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 - 17 Dec 2014|
|Last snowed|| 12-Dec-2014|
|Fresh snow||30 cm|
|Lower slopes||88 cm|
|Upper slopes||88 cm|
|Runs to resort||Good|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls|
Snow Overview - Canada (snow news updated 17-Dec-2014)
A mostly sunny weekend was seen across western Canada, with clear skies providing good visibility for skiers in both Alberta and British Columbia.
Unfortunately the rain that fell towards the end of last week resulted in soft piste conditions on the lower slopes at resorts such as Silver Star (71/84cm), Fernie (91cm) and Sun Peaks (70/86cm).
The upper slopes of Whistler (98cm) caught 24cm of fresh snow on Friday, so skiing over the weekend was good and 20 lifts were open. Cooler weather has returned which is great news and a mostly sunny week is forecast for British Columbia.
Temperatures remained below freezing at the end of last week in Alberta, resulting in very good piste conditions over the weekend and into the new week. Banff (80/88cm) had the pick of the conditions and 27 out of 28 lifts were turning, accessing the vast majority of the terrain.
Across on the east coast, good conditions were reported at both Tremblant (60/90cm) and Mont-Sainte-Anne (15/122cm) following fresh snowfall last week.
Unfortunately last week’s mild weather has forced Kimberly (47cm) and Red Mountain (67cm) to postpone opening until the 20th December.
North American Weather Outlook
Some snow is forecast for the eastern side of North America on Tuesday night and into Wednesday, with Tremblant in Canada forecast to pick up 10cm. Unfortunately the lower slopes may see some rain further south in Maine, New England and Vermont in the USA but this will fall as snow up top.
Light snow was falling on Monday in California, and lots more is forecast for Tuesday night. Freezing levels will be well below resort level, so snow should fall over the whole mountain, improving conditions markedly on the lower slopes.
A dusting of new snow is predicted across Utah and Colorado, but the sun is also likely to make an appearance during the week. Temperatures will remain low so the on-piste conditions should be excellent and off piste powder stashes will stay nice and dry.
Mostly dry weather is forecast for western Canada, although with predominantly cloudy skies, some light snow flurries cannot be ruled out. The sunniest skies should be seen nearer the coast, at resorts such as Revelstoke and Whistler.