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1 Marmot Basin Road
Jasper, AB TOE1E0
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Overview by Alistair Wearmouth

Marmot Basin is a gem of a resort tucked away in the relatively remote reaches of Jasper National Park in Alberta's Canadian Rockies. By the sheer quirk of geographic happenstance, it's a place most skiers never reach. The bigger resorts at Banff and Lake Louise, some 150 miles south, swallow the lion's share of visiting skiers like a six-foot pit of powder. And, unless you're the Marmot marketing director, this is a good thing for you and the other fortunate skiers who get to enjoy the wide-open runs, inviting terrain, and gob-smacking views all to your lucky, lucky selves.

Marmot's stats are modest: 3,000 feet of vertical spread over 1,675 acres—but that blessed lack of crowds and enticing variety of terrain make it punch well above its mid-scale weight. You've got double-black heavies like Terminator and Outback; big, sweeping blues and blacks on Powder Hill; and an array of gentle beginner slopes feathering the resort's lower terrain (plus a magic carpet to help newbies find their snow legs). A total of 86 named trails fill the mountain's three separate reaches, and any one of these affords a view of the Canadian Rockies' spectacular peaks and rivulets.

The Marmot vibe is distinctly unlike the big-chain feel you might encounter at some of North America's other mega-resorts. Only 20 minutes from the hotels and lodges of downtown Jasper, Marmot boasts a laid-back atmosphere to encourage the powderhound in you to cut loose and get yahooing. A busy ski day here is several thousand, so beyond the possible scrum at the lower mountain's Eagle Express Quad and Tranquilizer Chair, chances are you won't encounter another line until you're back at the

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Price
$$$?
Average Snowfall
160 Inches
Skiable Acreage
1675
Vertical Drop
3000 feet
Terrain:
30% beginner, 30% intermediate, 20% advanced, 20% expert
Number of Runs
86
Number of Lifts
7
Season
Mid-November to Early May
Related Resources
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Weather for Marmot Basin, CA

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Mostly Cloudy, 50 F
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Tue - Rain Late. High: 51 Low: 41
Wed - Rain. High: 47 Low: 42
Thu - Rain. High: 47 Low: 35
Fri - AM Rain/Snow Showers. High: 45 Low: 36
Sat - Rain. High: 39 Low: 35


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Last Updated: May 05 2014 07:31 PM

Traveler Reviews of Marmot Basin


Mathieu rates Marmot Basin
Marmot Basin has ski slope for every type of skier with a view that you've never seen before. I did this trip with my old best buddy and it was for us a major experience. From now on we'll never see riding the same way. We use to ride at places like Sutton, Tremblant and Jay Peak wich are great mountain but just not big enough neither hard enough for us. We highly recommend to everyone who's looking for a enough big mountain but the most important wih a lot of powder and a lot of double diamond slope wich are true doubl diamond slope. The Bowl is another kind of fun cause you need to walk up about half an hour to reach interesting spot but these spot are incradible because no else before made it threw. You can always find a way for your own. The only regrets that I have is that we've attack the road between Lake Louise and Jasper with a rented Nissan Versa. She almost died by itself because it was too hard for here to climb those road. If you want to have fun will driving and feel more secure at the same time you should take a Subaru or any another 4X4 truck. The village is small and everyone knows everyone. The people love to talk with the visitors to share their own experience because many of them have been travelling around the western mountain since a long time. Tx for reading and Sorry for my writing. Pros: Intimate village, No wait for lift, Double diamond, Hard cliff, Powder. Cons: Far from everything, Expensive on multiple day.
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