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 - 30 Jan 2015|
|Last snowed|| 28-Jan-2015|
|Fresh snow||2 cm|
|Lower slopes||100 cm|
|Upper slopes||100 cm|
|Runs to resort||Excellent|
|Off piste snow||Fresh|
|Comments||Great snow conditions throughout area|
Snow Overview - Canada (snow news updated 30-Jan-2015)
It’s a mixed bag in Canada at present, with the east coast in the midst of a bitterly cold snap, whilst further west mild conditions have brought spring-like conditions.
The Ski Club Leader in Whistler (122cm) reported very soft conditions on the lower slopes thanks to temperatures well above freezing. More snow is needed, especially now the temperature has dropped back slightly, refreezing the base into a hard and icy surface. Spring conditions were also found on the lower slopes of Big White (171cm) and Silver Star (157cm) earlier this week, but with temperatures dropping slightly into the weekend, the pistes will set up hard packed.
Further inland in Alberta, the air remains slightly colder and on Thursday 29th January the mid-mountain temperature was sitting at around -5 at Marmot Basin (100cm). Some light new snow was picked up too, with the three Banff (122cm) resorts seeing between 8 and 19cm of fresh snow in the last week.
Across on the east coast, the bitterly cold weather is continuing. Some decent snowfall is expected prior to the weekend, with Tremblant (100/180cm) and Mont Sainte-Anne (60/120cm) predicted around 20cm of fresh snow. Sunny skies are forecast for Saturday/Sunday, but with mid-mountain temperatures expected to drop as low as -25C, wrap up extremely warm and ensure all exposed flesh is covered.
North American Weather Outlook
Colorado can expect some light snowfall over the next five days, with cloudy skies dominating the weather pattern. A possible 15cm could fall, although there could be some significant local variations, with some seeing more and others less. Utah should remain mostly dry, with some excellent sunny spells for most, although some light snow showers cannot be ruled out. Further north in Montana and Wyoming, some decent falls are expected from Sunday onwards, accompanied by a much needed drop in temperature.
Unfortunately the Californian snow drought is showing no signs of letting up. A significant dump is needed but the present forecasts are looking sunny and mild for at least the next nine days.
Up in western Canada, mostly sunny weather is predicted until Saturday, before a cloudy change arrives on Saturday. Some light snow is expected on and off during next week which should help to freshen up the on-piste conditions and provide some pockets of powder off-piste.
Across on the east coast, the bitterly cold weather is forecast to continue. Up to 20cm of fresh snow can be expected across Quebec before sunny skies return for the weekend. Further south in Vermont, Maine and New England, cloudier skies are forecast throughout the period, bringing snowfall on and off to most resorts. Around a further 20cm of fresh snow can be expected.