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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.

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


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.


Marmot Back Country

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.

Marmot boundary
Mar­mot bound­ary
Ascending for some good turns
Ascend­ing for some good turns


Beautiful line
Beau­ti­ful line
Beautiful line
Beau­ti­ful line

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.

View from Whistlers creek
View from Whistlers creek
Picking a line
Pick­ing a line
Lunch break
Lunch break

Smiles on our faces was the days the­me.

Tom, Mike and Eddie
Tom, Mike and Eddie

Access: From Jasper, head South, Hwy 93, turn to Mar­mot Bas­in

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Mar­mot Bas­in Park­ing

Dis­tance:Short Walk

Activ­i­ties: Ski­ing