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 - 20 Nov 2014|
|Last snowed|| 09-Nov-2014|
|Fresh snow||18 cm|
|Lower slopes||32 cm|
|Upper slopes||32 cm|
|Runs to resort||Fair|
|Off piste snow||Limited|
|Comments||Good skiing on firmly packed runs|
Snow Overview - Canada (snow news updated 20-Nov-2014)
Conditions across Canada have carried on improving thanks to new snowfall and cold climates. Whistler Mountain (30cm) is opening early on Saturday 22nd November as is Sun Peaks (29cm).
In Alberta, Marmot Basin (32cm) had two lifts open on Thursday 20th November and plans to open the upper mountain for the weekend. Light snow is forecast to hit the Banff resorts (38/53cm), refreshing the pistes and improving what are already excellent early season conditions.
Over on the east coast, both Mont-Sainte-Anne (15/25cm) and Tremblant (50cm) are due to kick off their winter seasons this weekend. Both were reporting fresh snow on Thursday so conditions should be good for the first weekend of skiing.
North American Weather Outlook
Cold and snowy weather is forecast for the weekend across western Canada and the resorts of Colorado and Utah and in the USA.
The most snow is due to fall in Utah, with resorts such as Alta forecast to receive over a foot of new snow by Monday 24th November. Slightly less snowfall is predicted in Colorado, although temperatures will struggle to get above -10C so snowmaking conditions should be fantastic. Similarly, up to 30cm could fall this weekend in Whistler and across other resorts in British Columbia.
Unfortunately warmer weather is forecast in California, but cooler night-time temperatures should allow for snow to be made.
On the east coast, cold weather and clear skies are forecast for the weekend ahead. Warmer conditions and possibly some drizzle are forecast to arrive on Sunday night so get out on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd to make the most of the great early season base.