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.
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 was definitely soft when you got your chance to descend, even soft when you bail in the snow.
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!
All fun and smiles at #marmotbasin #powday.
Looking forward to this weekend, is Eagles East going to open tomorrow?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever wondered what is on the backside of Marmot Basin? Here are a couple of photos for you to look at. BEWARE, this is not an area to venture if you do not know the dangers that lie here.
Having said that, we cheated death or serious injuries this day. Testing out the south exposure (Portal Creek Side) was not a good idea as the snow was not stable on this day. We started to go across the bowl and a fracture line shot off about ten feet above us and across the bowl. We spun our skis around and high tailed it back to the ridge. We went down along the ridge on the other side (Whistlers Creek Side) and it was bomber and fun, so we decided to skin up and go for another run in the bowl.
Smiles on our faces was the days theme.
Access: From Jasper, head South, Hwy 93, turn to Marmot Basin