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 - 27 Jan 2015|
|Last snowed|| 24-Jan-2015|
|Fresh snow||14 cm|
|Lower slopes||100 cm|
|Upper slopes||100 cm|
|Runs to resort||Good|
|Off piste snow||Fresh|
|Comments||Fresh snow providing some great skiing|
Snow Overview - Canada (snow news updated 27-Jan-2015)
The pick of the conditions in Canada are on the east coast, where bitterly cold temperatures combined with some light top ups are leading to some excellent pistes. Wrap up warm however as at Tremblant (100/180cm) the thermometer was reading -31C at 7am on Monday morning, with expected highs of around -13C. Some more light snow is expected this week and temperatures are set to remain well below freezing, so the fantastic snow conditions will be preserved.
Over on the west coast much warmer air is in place, resulting in a softening of the lower slopes in particular. New snow was picked up over the weekend however and the overall coverage remains very good. Fernie (134cm) was offering skiing from all 10 of its lifts on Monday 26th January, but with temperatures expected to hit +10C in the afternoon on the lower slopes, some heavy conditions are possible. A slight cooling is expected this week, before clouds move in by the weekend, potentially bringing some light snowfall.
Slightly colder air was still in place in Alberta, preserving some excellent snow conditions at the Banff (128cm) resorts. 36cm of snow has been recorded in the past week at Sunshine Village, so with the cold temperatures some good powder stashes can still be found. Some flurries are possible through the week, but otherwise expect some good periods of sunshine.
North American Weather Outlook
A settled week of weather is forecast for western Canada, with mostly sunny skies dominating the overhead conditions. A cloudier change is forecast for Friday, potentially bringing some light snow on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures are expected to hover around freezing at mid-mountain so for the best conditions head to the upper slopes.
On the west coast of the USA, more clouds are forecast to move in on Tuesday, bringing an end to the settled period of weather. Some light snow is predicted for Utah and Colorado between Wednesday and Friday before the sun returns on Saturday. It is currently cloudier already in California which may lead dusting of snow this week, with potentially 10cm expected. Much more is needed, but this fall will provide a welcome top up as our featured resorts haven’t seen snow since December.
Across on the east coast a massive winter storm hit on Monday, with heavy snow expected to continue right through into Tuesday. Temperatures will remain well below freezing and over 30cm is forecast to low levels. Wednesday is the day to be out skiing as a sunny break in the weather is expected before more snow arrives on Thursday/Friday.
Eastern Canada can expect the current cold conditions to continue, with temperatures struggling to top -10C at mid-mountain. Some light snow is forecast on Tuesday and Thursday before a significant drop in temperature to around -20C at mid-mountain comes in on Friday.