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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.

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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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Elks

Elks — Wapti

This species of ungu­lates are well known in town, as an local, we find them a nui­sance most of the time.  They come and poop on your side­walks and munch on your prize flow­ers. For­get about putting a veg­gie gar­den unpro­tect­ed, they will graze away.

New born elks
New born elks
Bull Elk
Bull Elk

In the Spring, you have to be cau­tious of the cow Elks, as they are preg­nant and they are aggres­sive when near them. Then in the Fall the Male bull Elks are the aggres­sive ones, as they think you are a threat, tak­ing their cows.

Bull Elk
Bull Elk

Not sure if this is known to all the res­i­dents, that these Elks were re-introduced to Jasper from Yel­low­stone Nation­al Park. Now the herds of Elks are pret­ty health and can be seen most of the time. If it is your first time see­ing these ani­mals, please be aware they are still wild even if they do not look like it. Be respon­si­ble when dri­ving, they will not take off like many of the oth­er ani­mals in the park, so park nice­ly off to the pull out, and do not block mov­ing traf­fic.

Mother Elk tending to their young
Moth­er Elk tend­ing to their young

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Athabasca Falls

The head­wa­ter comes from the Colum­bia Glac­i­er about 70 kilo­me­ters south. Among the most pow­er­ful and breath­tak­ing falls in the Rocky Moun­tains, The Athabas­ca Riv­er thun­ders through a nar­row gorge where the walls have been smoothed and pot­holes are cre­at­ed by the sheer force of the rush­ing water car­ry­ing sand and rock. Park­ing and restroom facil­i­ties. paved trail and pic­nic sites avail­able.

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Great view point
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Kerkeslin moun­tain in the back­ground
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The canyon after the falls
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Peo­ple try­ing to build Inuk­shuks
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Some steps to access the low­er canyon

In the win­ter there are track-set cross-country ski­ing trail near­by. In the sum­mer this is also a start­ing point for white­wa­ter raft­ing which takes you down some scenic sights only acces­si­ble by water craft. Check out the spon­sors below and take in the adven­ture that awaits you.


Access: High­way 93 (Ice Field Park­way) South of Jasper approx­i­mate­ly 30 kilo­me­ters.

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Short walk

Activ­i­ties: Sight­see­ing



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