Ski Canada: Marmot Basin

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010

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Marmot Basin is located in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park. Elk, deer and skiers alike love these mountains and valleys, which receive an average of 160 inches (400 cm) of snow a year. See the local conditions live with the Jasper Webcam!

A snowboarder rides a rail at Marmot Basin in Jasper, Canada. (Marmot Basin Ski Area)

The ski area has about 3,000 feet (900 m) of vertical rise and 1,675 total acres of skiable terrain. The highest point at the resort reaches 8,570 feet (2,612 m), while the base lies at 5,570 feet (1,697 m).

Marmot Basin has 86 marked trails, which range from long and gently winding to bowls and chutes that drop steeply.

There are four distinct areas on the mountain, all organized to be extremely user friendly. The staff is also exceptionally friendly, as are the townspeople in nearby Jasper. You might never want to leave!

The terrain is evenly split between beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain, so the whole family can feel welcome and comfortable on its slopes.

For those wanting to pull some tricks, the terrain park is located on the Lower Lift Line. They have a new snowmaking system that assures lots of snow for soft landings and tons of features.

Marmot Basin is in a pristine wilderness area that is almost always uncrowded. Spend more time floating down the runs that standing in line for a lift! The area is serviced by eight lifts- two high-speed quads, one quad chair, one triple chair, two double chairs, one T-bar, one magic carpet.

Located just 20 minutes from the town of Japser, the resort is close to all the comforts a traveler could ask for. The town itself is fairly small, with just 4,500 residents, but the amenities are world-class.

Marmot Basin has three mountain day lodges, complete with three lounges, two cafeterias, two dining rooms, several outdoor sun decks and picnic areas. One of the lodges is at the base area and the other two are half way up the mountain.

As Jasper National Park is mostly a summer destination, the ski season at Marmot Basin is actually the low season for the region, which comes with great deals on accommodations, dining and area activities. One of the greatest values on the slopes! The season usually runs from late November to late April.

Whether you come to blast into the powder-filled bowls or to wind down the tree-lined courduroy, Marmot Basin is a good choice for anyone looking for a fun winter getaway!

Reservations: 403-852-3816
Snow Phone: 403-488-5909

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