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Rider’s Guide - Marmot Basin

Marmot is one well-kept Canadian Rockies secret offering natural runs within Jasper National Park – a nice patchwork of glades, bowls, chutes and groomers. The varied terrain allows all riders to find their niche and fresh powder turns can be found days after a snowfall.

Parks & Pipes

Two terrain parks offers riders a range of small to large features that include jumps, jibs, boxes and rails.  The parks are split into lines that provide a relaxed way for riders to progress their skill. The Rogers Terrain Park can be found on the Lower Lift Line, accessible via the Eagle Express chair. The features are dependent on snow and conditions, therefore they change regularly.

Early in the season, Marmot sets up a beginner’s rail park located at the base of the Eagle Ridge quad, and is a great place for first-timers to learn to ride rails and boxes or to practice before taking a line.  Marmot’s terrain is good for beginners to cut their first tracks because the runs are progressive at the top and easy at the bottom, which produce a long and gentle ride to the base.  The chair lifts are strategically placed so that newbies can get around without having to use T-bars.  Instruction is great for all levels of riding, and there is even video feedback available for those looking to perfect their style.

Out of Bounds

The bowls are full of powder for freeriders at the Eagle East, where snow sticks for days after a storm. This area is covered in well-spaced trees and is avoided by newbies.  Check out the Caribou Ridge off the Kiefer T-Bar or the Paradise Chair for hits and bumps – great testing terrain for the intermediate freestyler. Freestylers can catch big air on the natural terrain at the Rock Garden, and Exhibition is the place for a tough challenge.

Marmot Peak yields an amazing ride down through Knob Bowl off Knob Chair bowls for advanced freeriders looking for an incredible adventure.  For freeriders that can’t get enough, snowboarding and heliboarding are available within 1-2 hour drive of Jasper.

Hangout & Hookup

Low-key best describes the night-life in Jasper. Pete's Bar and The Whistle Stop offer good crowds, pool, and lots of screens for sports. O’Shea's is a typical Irish pub, while the Atha-Bar is always hopping with live music and dance, one of Alberta’s most popular hangouts.