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Marmot Basin is heaven on earth if you love unpretentious, untamed skiing. The slopes are split evenly for beginners, intermediates and experts, all covered in deliciously dry powder; both Marmot Basin and Jasper Town have a friendly, authentic and down to earth vibe where you’ll feel right at home and the surrounding Rockies are naturally awesome.





At a glance: • Crowd free skiing • Friendly town • 4 mountain faces

Great for: • Long season • Groups • Scenery

Marmot Basin is heaven on earth if you love unpretentious, untamed skiing. The slopes are split evenly for beginners, intermediates and experts, all covered in deliciously dry powder; both Marmot Basin and Jasper Town have a friendly, authentic and down to earth vibe where you’ll feel right at home and the surrounding Rockies are naturally awesome.

Jasper Resort

Jasper ski resort is also known as Big Friendly and Jasper Marmot Basin. Jasper Town sits in Jasper National Park, the nation’s biggest Rocky Mountain park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Alberta region of the Canadian Rockies. It’s a mountain town through and through with a really down to earth vibe. Things are just as laid back in the ski area - Marmot Basin - where you’ll find an uncrowded, authentic mountain experience. A daily shuttle bus takes you between the town and Marmot Basin runs.

Established in 1964, the resort lies at 1,698 metres altitude. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 2,612m, the area is snow sure.

Edmonton is the closest International Airport at a distance of 360km or about 210 minutes driving time and Calgary is the next nearest – both have shuttle buses that can take you to the resort.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Alberta, Canada

Established: 1964

Open: Nov - May

Downhill: 1,675 acres

View our detailed Jasper snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Jasper snow history.

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  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 26runs 30%

  • 43runs 30%

  • 17runs 40%

Top Altitude:2,612m
Bottom Altitude:1,698m
Resort Altitude:1,698m
Longest run:5.6km
Slope Orientation:NE SE
Vertical Drop:914m
Skiable Vertical:914m
Night Skiing:No

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Downhill Runs:1,675 acres
Beginner slopes:30%
Advanced slopes:40%
Lift Pass Price: $371.25 (adult 5 day)
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Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Jasper

86 pistes and trails are split pretty much equally between beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain which means there’s something for all abilities including groomers, tree-lined runs, bumps, bowls and chutes.

Easy greens include Sleepy Hollow (#11 on the piste map) and Easy Street (#69). Hobbit’s Hollow (#70) is a blue run for intermediates, who can also ski Wolverine Wallow (#18) and Tranquilizer (#10). Experts should definitely ski black diamonds like Sunset Boulevard (#67) and Milk Run (#27), which is not as gentle as it sounds! If your thighs can handle it, double diamonds include Face Shot (#60) and Easter Alley (#55). The longest run is over 5.6km. Take the Eagle Express to Roger’s Snowpark (on Lower Lift Line) for various jumps, rails, jibs and boxes. There’s also a Mini terrain park for budding freestylers.

It's possible to hike up to the summit for about 200 vertical metres from the top of Knob chair to 2601m to ski the full 914m vertical. 10 Jasper lifts have capacity to transport 11931 per hour.

Jasper Apres Ski

The possibilities for adventure are endless in Jasper, from hiking, mountain biking and white water rafting to exploring pristine lakes and mountain vistas. The town has a first-class aquatic centre complete with a 25m swimming pool, a 56m water slide, hot pool, whirlpool and steam room. Right next door is the Jasper Activity Centre with raquetball courts, aerobics, weight room, sauna, curling and indoor ice skating. Its worth going beyond Jasper, towards the Icefields Parkway and into Lake Louise to view some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The Parkway winds past sparkling mountain lakes and alpine forests to give way to massive icefields, the largest of which is the Columbia Icefield covering 325 square kilometres. At the Athabasca Glacier, within the Columbia Icefields, you can get on a specially designed bus, a Snocoach, drive up the glacier and stand on a thousands of years old tongue of ice.

At Maligne Canyon you can try "Canyon Crawling" through its suspended frozen waterfalls. Guided interpretive tours provide a fascinating learning experience to complement the spellbinding scenery of frozen waterfalls, 2 of the most spectacular are Angel Falls and Queen of the Maligne. The more adventurous can ice-skate on frozen lakes or try some extreme ice climbing. For a more relaxed pace, snowshoeing is a natural choice here, Pyramid Lake, Maligne Lake and Jasper Park Lodge golf course are just a few of the best places to go. Its worth visiting the Jasper Yellowhead Museum to explore the area's history and find out more about David Thompson, the explorer who mapped out Canada's fur trade route.

6 apres ski bars 30 restaurants 0 bowling 2 night club 2 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 3 indoor swimming 1 outdoor heated pools 5 saunas 8 hot tubs 0 solariums 0 masseurs 1 indoor ice skating 3 outdoor ice skating 1 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 1 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 1 horse riding 10 prepare winter walks 1 climbing 1 golf 1 fishing 1 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Art Galleries, Back Country Skiing, Canyoning, Curling, Frozen Waterfall Climbing, Ice Cave Explorations, Heliskiing, Horse Riding, Ice Fishing, Tennis.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Jasper

When is the best time to ski Jasper?

Marmot Basin is known for its lovely dry powder and has an average snowfall of 4m.

The direction which the various Jasper slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed amazing conditions whatever the weather. Jasper has slopes facing NE SE.

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Families in Jasper

The chilled out atmosphere and authentic, faraway feel of Jasper and Marmot Basin make this area terrific for families.

In terms of ski school, 4-5 year olds can have lessons with Marmot Mites, while the Marmot Kids Camp does half and full day lessons for ages 6-12. If you're travelling with nippers who are too small for ski school, or need a mix of day care and lessons, the Little Rascals Nursery looks after infants from 19 months to 6 years. The brilliant thing about this ski area is that the terrain is almost equally divided between different abilities. Beginners and intermediates can glide down groomers, confident snow lovers can hit Rogers Terrain Park (accessed via the Eagle Express chair), while experts conquer the area's incredible deeps, steeps, bumps, chutes and bowls.

Look out for the ‘Family Card' which in past seasons has given 20% off tickets, with a free day of skiing thrown in.

There are usually family-friendly events organised over school holidays, like skiing with Santa at Christmas and Egg hunts at Easter. Geocaching is a big thing here and makes a day on the mountains even more of an adventure, while extra activities include dog-sled tours, ice skating on 3 frozen lakes and swimming and climbing at the Jasper Aquatic and Fitness Centre.

GroupsGroup Holidays Jasper

The combination of town life in Jasper and mountain activity up in the Marmot Basin (with a shuttle running between the two) works wonderfully for groups. Snow lovers can spend all day exploring the 1675 acres of terrain, which has everything from lovely long groomers to bumps, bowls and chutes, all covered in the Rockies' famously light powder. There are some terrific mountain meeting points - Scooters is great for coffee and snacks while Caribou Chalet's Kokanee Glacier Deck is a favourite for après ski.

Others can while away the hours downtown in Jasper's restaurants, cafes, spas and galleries. The Aquatic and Fitness Centre has a pool, wellness facilities and climbing wall and Jasper Brewing Company do some great tours. Ice skating always makes a fun group activity, and you can choose between the frozen Pyramid, Beauvert and Mildred lakes. To really appreciate the National Park's splendour, see if they're still doing ice walking trips at the Maligne Canyon.

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