Marmot Basin Day 9 2016

Did any­one catch the sun­rise today? The awe­some glow of the south­ern sky. Wak­ing up to head for the hills is pret­ty awe­some to wit­ness this view.

Sunrise in Jasper
Sun­rise in Jasper
Having a fun time, but not on Basin run.
Hav­ing a fun time, but not on Bas­in run.

The Eagle Ridge chair opened on Tues­day and the snow was pret­ty good. Should have had the pow­der boards to shred in the trees on north­west side.  Just wait­ing for some more snow to cov­er the bas­in run and all would be good.

View of jasper on the Eagle Ridge chair
View of jasper on the Eagle Ridge chair

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Two Valley Canyon

Canyon discoveries in Maligne Valley

This gem is great year round, ice for­ma­tions in the win­ter and water fall in the sum­mer. Some adven­tur­ists repel the water­fall while it is ful­ly gush­ing with water for thrills. This canyon is also nick­named Bull­shit Canyon (if some­one can cor­rect me if I’m wrong, please do so.)

Bring cram­pons as this trek needs them. You can also walk along the top of the canyon if you have ropes to rap­pel into the top part of the canyon.

Will need crampons for this section
Will need cram­pons for this sec­tion
Ice statues
Ice stat­ues
Ice statues
Ice stat­ues
End of the line unless you have ice climbing gear
End of the line unless you have ice climb­ing gear
Another ice fall to negotiate
Anoth­er ice fall to nego­ti­ate
If you can't walk, slide
If you can’t walk, slide

Access to this area is on Maligne Lake road south of the Maligne Hostel. You will come to a bridge where the canyon joins the Maligne river.

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Jasper in January 2017

Adven­ture week: Jan­u­ary 12–15

Jan­u­ary 12–14

Jasper Fat Bike Race & Sum­mit Pow­ered by Frosty’s Fat Bike Series

Jan­u­ary 27–29

Men’s Pond Hock­ey Tour­na­ment

Appetite week: Jan­u­ary 19–22

Jan­u­ary 19

Chili Cook-Off

Jan­u­ary 20

Wine in Win­ter

Jan­u­ary 21

Hops & Scotch

Win­ter Pen­tathlon

Jan­u­ary 22

Jasper Dine Around

Arts week: Jan­u­ary 27–29

Jan­u­ary 28–29

Lole Well­ness Week­end

Jan­u­ary 28

ATCO Street Par­ty & Fire­works

Stargazing With Jasper Planetarium

Watch­ing the stars in the dark sky is a fun event any­one can enjoy. Just find a moon­less night and a dark pre­serve and the twin­kles of the stars will light you up.

Fun lights on the bridge with Orion Belt
Fun lights on the bridge with Ori­on Belt

A group gath­ered for some view­ing of the stars with tele­scopes, binoc­u­lars and cam­eras to watch the clear skies at 5th bridge in the Maligne val­ley. Jasper Plan­e­tar­i­um sup­plied the tele­scopes and knowl­edge­able staff.

Pointing out the stars
Point­ing out the stars
How light pollution gets in the way
How light pol­lu­tion gets in the way

Note: One thing about going out in win­ter is have spare bat­ter­ies and good warm cloth­ing and you will enjoy the adven­ture a whole lot bet­ter.

Computer hook-up viewing nebulas far away
Com­put­er hook-up view­ing neb­u­las far away
The Milky Way untouched
The Milky Way untouched

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