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 - 27 Feb 2015|
|Last snowed|| 25-Feb-2015|
|Fresh snow||1 cm|
|Lower slopes||119 cm|
|Upper slopes||119 cm|
|Runs to resort||Excellent|
|Off piste snow||Tracked|
|Comments||Great snow conditions throughout area|
Snow Overview - Canada (snow news updated 28-Feb-2015)
Great skiing can be found at present in Alberta, with cold temperatures and some light dustings of fresh snow providing some lovely piste conditions. All lifts were spinning at the three Banff (153cm) ski areas and Marmot Basin (119cm), with packed powder providing some great skiing on the groomers. Around 20cm of new snow is in the forecast for the upcoming week.
British Columbia is offering some decent skiing at present, particularly on the upper slopes and at resorts such as Kimberley (114cm) which caught some good new falls of snow over the weekend. Whistler (142cm) sadly continues to struggle, with the lower slopes really suffering at present. New snow is badly needed, but unlike for the rest of the state, no fresh snowfall is on the horizon.
Across on the east coast the skiing remains fantastic although lots of warm layers are needed as temperatures continue to dip well below -20C at night. Some new snow has been recorded at both Mont Sainte-Anne (90/150cm) and Tremblant (110/190cm) during the past week, resulting in some great fresh on piste conditions. Cloudy skies and some light snow are forecast for the next week.
North American Weather Outlook
A very snowy period of weather is forecast for the Rockies in the coming seven days, with heavy snow predicted across a wide area. The biggest totals are likely to be in Colorado, where over a metre of new snow is possible, especially in the south of the state. Less is expected in Utah, Wyoming and Montana, but still around 50cm of new snow is forecast.
Cloudy and cold weather is set to remain in place across the east coasts of both the USA and Canada, with cloudy skies dominating. New snow can be expected too, with Quebec set to receive around 10cm and up to 30cm further south in the US states of Vermont, Maine and New England.
Western Canada is set to remain nice and cold in the coming week, with some new snow in the forecast too. Around 20cm of fresh snow can be expected in British Columbia and Alberta by Tuesday, although the weekend is looking mostly sunny across the board.