Category Archives: Winter

Sea­son for snow

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.

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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Preparing The Ice On The Lake

With cold tem­per­a­tures and low snow fall, the lake ice is now per­fect for skat­ing, at least Patri­cia Lake. A hand­ful of good local samar­i­tans armed with shov­els, they cleared a hock­ey rink and a loop path on the lake.

Canadian style hockey on the lake
Cana­di­an style hock­ey on the lake
Wide open spaces for your dog to get some excercise
Wide open spaces for your dog to get some excer­cise

The tem­per­a­ture might be cold, but it is still great to get out and enjoy the fan­tas­tic views from the lake.  If you want to warm up fast, bring a shov­el and help main­tain and widen the loop! Plen­ty of lake to play on.

clear track - explorejasper
Start of a beau­ti­ful thing

Last week, we test­ed the lake and it was thin, this week, it is now good to go! You can even prac­tice your fat bik­ing for the upcom­ing Jasper in Jan­u­ary event. There is snow just enough for grip where it has not been cleared.

Everyone benefits on exercise
Every­one ben­e­fits on exer­cise
tossing the snow in air - explore jasper
It’s snow­ing!
Braving the cold and taking in the sunny skies
Brav­ing the cold and tak­ing in the sun­ny skies

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Getting that itch to skate?

This was Patri­cia Lake on Mon­day 5th of Decem­ber. The ice is about 1/2 inch (1.27cm) thick and was checked sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly by our @alpineart guy of @jasperweddings trans­port ser­vice.  After step­ping on to the ice, need­less to say, it was not thick enough to sup­port any weight just yet.

The scientific check
The sci­en­tific check
thin ice
Art hold­ing a piece of ice that is about 1/2 inch thick

The lake looks hope­ful for the end of this week, the nights are drop­ping to the minus 20 range, and if the snow holds off, the ice will be very smooth.

Still thin ice on Patricia Lake
Still thin ice on Patri­cia Lake

This is a warn­ing to those who want to explore areas that are not ready for any activ­i­ties on lakes. The crack shot off across the lake in mere sec­onds when the ice broke through along the bank.

thin ice Patricia Lake
After break­ing through, the crack shot across the lake in sec­onds

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