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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.

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.

Skating Mildred Lake

The Fair­mont Jasper Park Lodge main­tains a skat­ing ovals in the win­ter. If you ever want to skate on frozen lake, this is one of the places to do so. Nat­ur­al cracks do form on lakes, so beware that it does not have a per­fect sur­face when skat­ing. They also clear hock­ey rink size areas for hock­ey.

Loop around lake Mildred
Loop around lake Mil­dred
Fairmont JPL decoration lake Mildred
Fair­mont JPL dec­o­ra­tion lake Mil­dred
Rest area Lake Mildred
Rest area Lake Mil­dred
Aided Skating on Lake Mildred
Aid­ed Skat­ing on Lake Mil­dred
Bench seating to put on skates on Lake Mildred
Bench seat­ing to put on skates on Lake Mil­dred

 


Access: Jasper Park Lodge Road

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Short walk

Dis­tance: 6km

Activ­i­ties: Skat­ing (win­ter)

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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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