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ski­ing and win­ter sports

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
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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.

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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Skiing in Jasper

Alpine, Nordic, Backcountry & Snowboarding

A win­ter play­ground for all ages. Ski the seem­ing­ly unend­ing slopes of Mar­mot Bas­in Ski Area, just 20 min­utes away from the town of Jasper. Mar­mot is a great place for all skill lev­els and because of its loca­tion on the east­ern slopes of the Rock­ies, the alpine bowls have the dri­est nat­u­ral pow­der in the Rock­ies.

Jeff skiing dry slope
Back in the days with­out snow mak­ing at Mar­mot Bas­in

Discover Jasper’s Winter Wonderland

Jasper’s ele­va­tion is around 1100 metres (3300 feet), and the peak of Mar­mot Bas­in is around 2600 metres (8500 feet). Marmot’s base is around 1700 metre (5600 feet).

Jasper is trea­sured for its unpre­ten­tious and uncrowd­ed atmos­phere. Over 300 kilo­me­tres of trails make Jasper, one of the largest cross-country ski area in Canada. Right from your doorstep, groomed trails take you through scores of beau­ti­ful val­leys. Back­coun­try enthu­si­asts will rev­el in day-trips and multi-day trips to the Bald Hills or spend a week in the Ton­quin Val­ley as well as many oth­er hut-hopping oppor­tu­ni­ties all over the park.

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Ski Tour Bald Hills

Bald Hills, Maligne Lake

Open­ing Day for 2017 is March 1, 2017 — (uncon­firmed)

This day tour is a clas­sic amongst the locals and vis­i­tors alike. The route up to Bald Hills hitch­ing post is around 5km one way.

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Nev­er did check if the out­house is in ser­vice

There are sev­er­al loops start­ing from the park­ing lot at Maligne Lake, some folks ven­ture beyond like the Six Pass route and or the Sky­line Trail.

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Get­ting steep and tight
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Get tight near the bot­tom

For us, we just want­ed to get some turns in with half a day to spare.

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Just past the hitch­ing post view
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Enjoy­ing a bit of lunch before the decent
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Nice wide open glad­ed run near the top

Avalanche dan­ger is at a high lev­el the­se days, so we decide to just stay at tree­line and avoid the load­ed slopes.

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My trusty Scot­ty Bobs
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View look­ing into Maligne Lake

#myjasper #back­coun­tryski #out­door­life

Yumi, Eddie
2016

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