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Marmot Basin Resort, with the highest base elevation in Alberta, is replete with the type of dry, light and fluffy snow that is a dream to ski and ride. With stunning scenery and a variety of trail levels accessible from every lift, Marmot is a joy to visit. The resort offers great facilities, and a friendly atmosphere with no wait time in lift lines!
Snowy Terrain for All Levels
Marmot Basin, sometimes called Jasper because of its location within Alberta’s Jasper National Park, is a snow lover’s resort highly rated by skiers and riders in the know. The stunning scenery will set your mood for skiing and riding how nature intended.
Marmot attracts visitors who like to take many laps down the mountain, because despite its fantastic snow conditions, there are hardly any lift lines. More than 160 inches of natural snow blankets the resort during the season, giving fans plenty of time to get in lots of skiing on the slopes, in the backcountry, in the bowls or among the trees. Along with snowmaking power to touch up the base, skiers and riders can bet on good snow conditions from November through May.
Marmot Basin skiers and riders will discover a wide variety of trails across four mountain faces that range from beginner to expert. The resort’s smart design makes the mountain easy to navigate so people of different levels can ski together. Visitors will find long groomed trails, glades, high alpine bowls and steep chutes stuffed with Canadian powder.
Marmot offers a 3,000-foot vertical with 1,675 acres of skiable terrain served by seven high tech lifts, so skiers and riders have plenty of room and time to carve turns non-stop if desired. Two terrain parks with a good variety of jumps, rails, boxes and jibs offer freestylers lots of features to hone skills.
Marmot is a laid back resort with a lot to offer – accessible parking, a rental and repair shop, three mountain day lodges, and a gift shop. Lessons are offered, and there is a day care available for children ages 19 months to 7 years.
Off the Slopes
While smaller than the other Canadian Rockies resorts, the surroundings and views at Marmot are just as breathtaking. Après ski on the ginormous decks is a must-do. The two chalets provide tasty comfort food for lunch or dinner, and a variety of beverages.
Most visitors take a day during their vacation to enjoy the National park and the local town of Jasper, each with a multitude of winter sport and non-sport diversions to partake in. The town of Jasper, about 11 miles from the ski area, offers many restaurants, bars and lounges with live music and dancing, like The Athabasca Hotel, a popular ski bar in Alberta.
The Marmot Lodge is centrally located and offers an indoor swimming pool and fitness center. There are limited slope-side facilities, so visitors stay in the first class yet reasonably priced lodging in Jasper, including the iconic Jasper Park Lodge (JPL) or the Amethyst Lodge just outside of town. Accommodations there range from lodge-style hotels to B&B's which are widely spread out. A ski bus runs all day between the hotels in Jasper and the slopes.
Jasper is a 4.5 hour drive from Edmonton (270 miles), which is the closest city with an international airport. The local airport, Hinton, is only 38 miles from the resort. There is a fee for vehicles entering the national park, but it’s well worth it.
If you’re not into driving to Marmot yourself, a Greyhound bus service takes multiple round trips daily between Edmonton to Jasper, about 5 hours each way. Another popular option is to take the train, which runs directly into Jasper.
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