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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.