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Cross-country Skiing Hidden Cove

The con­di­tions in ear­ly Feb­ru­ary at Maligne Lake was quite hor­rid. To intro­duce cross-country ski­ing to a friend was cru­el on this trip. Not sure how the con­di­tions are right now, so let us know by com­ment­ing below.

The ski gang
The ski gang

A lit­tle trip to the fair­ly new “Hid­den Cove” camp/rest area on Maligne lake was achieved by cross coun­try ski on crusty, wind swept and icy con­di­tions, nev­er­the­less it was still a great day to go out and get some fresh air. This camp area has a shel­ter, four tent spots and equipped with bear proof lock­ers. We sus­pect this is going to be a busy camp­site since it is only 4km from the Maligne docks.

Cross-country ski, Maligne Lake
Cross-country ski, Maligne Lake
Old burn forest
Old burn forest
Old burn forest
Old burn forest

Just start­ing out on cross-country ski­ing, this day was not the best con­di­tions to learn on. we will have to try again.

Anthony on Cross-country ski
Antho­ny on Cross-country ski

note: Bald Hills access will be open­ing soon at the end of Feb­ru­ary and dogs are pro­hib­it­ed, so no more exer­cis­ing your pet there, you’ll have to leave them home. There is a dog sit­ting ser­vice in Jasper, will list link below.

dog skier
The lake in the win­ter might be the only time the dogs are allowed in this area
Ski parting shot
Ski part­ing shot

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Pow Day at Marmot Basin

It has been awhile for Jasper to receive a dump of snow, it was only 14 CM, but well worth get­ting up ear­ly for fresh turns. Tem­per­a­ture was awe­some and this week­end is going to be more the same. 

Jerry on Party Slope
Jer­ry on Par­ty Slope

Get­ting a run in on the Knob. You had to get in a line up. Some loser was try­ing to butt in to the front of the line, and this line is full of locals, why be that guy? We are nice Cana­di­ans, but not on pow­der day!

Knob Chair line up
Knob Chair line up
Knob Chair
Knob Chair
Knob Chair
Knob Chair

Knob was def­i­nite­ly soft when you got your chance to descend, even soft when you bail in the snow. 

McCready's Choice
McCready’s Choice
Rider floating on pow
Rid­er float­ing on pow

So when you line up a shot at your sub­ject and some one pho­to bombs you, what do you do? On top of that, you find out they are pho­tog­ra­phers too, thanks, powderhounds.com guy!

sweet line
the sub­jects sweet line
Photo bombed
Pho­to bombed
powder hounds explorejasper.com
powderhounds.com explorejasper.com

All fun and smiles at #mar­mot­bas­in #pow­day.

Jack
Jack
Pow smile
Pow smile
Soft runs Jasper Ave
Soft runs Jasper Ave
Sandra  getting her first day
San­dra get­ting her first day

Look­ing for­ward to this week­end, is Eagles East going to open tomor­row?

Stay tuned.

Skating Mildred Lake

The Fair­mont Jasper Park Lodge main­tains a skat­ing ovals in the win­ter. If you ever want to skate on frozen lake, this is one of the places to do so. Nat­u­ral cracks do form on lakes, so beware that it does not have a per­fect sur­face when skat­ing. They also clear hock­ey rink size areas for hock­ey.

Loop around lake Mildred
Loop around lake Mil­dred
Fairmont JPL decoration lake Mildred
Fair­mont JPL dec­o­ra­tion lake Mil­dred
Rest area Lake Mildred
Rest area Lake Mil­dred
Aided Skating on Lake Mildred
Aid­ed Skat­ing on Lake Mil­dred
Bench seating to put on skates on Lake Mildred
Bench seat­ing to put on skates on Lake Mil­dred

 


Access: Jasper Park Lodge Road

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Short walk

Dis­tance: 6km

Activ­i­ties: Skat­ing (win­ter)

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Marmot Basin In The Deep Freeze

It is Sat­ur­day and the deep freeze is going to be over accord­ing to var­i­ous weath­er chan­nels. Still it was about –19C at Mar­mot Bas­in this morn­ing, but it did not stop the beau­ti­ful sky that hap­pens most­ly in Decem­ber ear­ly in the morn­ing.

Magic Carpet - Marmot Basin
Mag­ic Car­pet — Mar­mot Bas­in
Sunrise over Kerkeslin Mountain
Sun­rise over Kerkeslin Moun­tain — Explore Jasper

And it did not stop the Jasper Freeride Club and the Jasper Ski Team from train­ing. Some indoor warm ups was well received by the ath­letes.

Jasper Freeride training on the ladders - Explore Jasper
Jasper Freeride train­ing on the lad­ders — Explore Jasper
Jasper Ski Team training - Marmot Basin
Jasper Ski Team train­ing — Mar­mot Bas­in

The cat is seen in the day­light as Mar­mot Bas­in pre­pares the ter­rain park. Not sure when they will be ready for open­ing, but defin­te­ly ready for next week­end.

Cat pushing snow for the terrain park - Marmot Basin
Cat push­ing snow for the ter­rain park — Mar­mot Bas­in
A Pine Marten paused to check what I was doing - Explore Jasper
A Pine Marten paused to check what I was doing — Explore Jasper

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