Heaven on earth for lovers of unpretentious, untamed skiing with piste borders kept to a minimum, backed up by excellent accommodation and other essential resort amenities, with all the facilities of the town of Jasper nearby. It's possible to hike up to the summit for about 200 vertical metres from the top of Knob chair to 2601m to ski the full 914m vertrical.
Marmot Basin has an abundant variety of skiing terrain and a reputation for some of the best glade skiing the Canadian Rockies have to offer. Tree-lined trails, wide open bowls, long gentle runs, steep expert chutes and high alpine snowfields make up this diverse and exciting ski area. There is a friendly, uncommercialised, laid back atmosphere not usually found in such a large resort. Marmot has 75 named trails, 8 lifts including a high speed quad, three day lodges , 1,500 acres of skiable terrain and a longest run of 5.6km. In addition to the lift-served terrain several areas can be accessed via a short hike which will take the adventurous skier into untracked powder filled bowls and gullies. Marmot Basin usually gets 400cm of dry, light powder every season which makes for excellent powder skiing off the groomed runs, through the trees and in the high alpine bowls off the Knob Chair. Charlies Bowl and Dupres Chutes are the two areas most favoured by local powder hounds. Marmot Basion's terrain expanded for the 2003-4 season with the completion of Eagle Ridge Phase 3. Two new bowls opened on Eagle East, known as Sugar Bowl and Birthday Bowl - expanding upper bowl skiing by forty percent. Extensive and selective tree removal also means more glade skiing. The Chalet Slope offers runs for all abilities, including gladed terrain. The remote location of Eagle East compared to the rest of the ski area creates a sense of wilderness and adventure.
Little Rascals Nursery provides supervised daycare for children aged from 19 months up to 6 years. The Centre is open daily between 8.30am and 4.30pm and it is recommended that you make a reservation in advance. Beginners aged 4 to 5 years can sign up for Tiny Tots. This programme has been specially designed to introduce skiing/boarding skills and use of the lifts to beginner children. Class sizes are smaller than usual so the children should get the individual attention needed to get them off to a good start. Its well worth parents handing their kids over to ski school at this stage because they will usually learn more quickly from an instructor who has been specifically trained. Children aged 6 to 12 can join Kids Kamp, a full day lesson programme which is available with a lunch option.
Jasper has dozens of restaurants catering to a wide range of tastes. The hotels offer a variety of restaurants, lounges and bars and there is a wide selection of individual restaurants cafes and quaint coffee houses in town. Cuisine ranges from Canadian, Chinese and French to Greek, Italian, Japanese and Mexican. More than 40% of Canada's world renowned beef is produced in Alberta so its worth trying some here.
The Athabasca Hotel has the Atha-B Club where you'll find the liveliest dancing in town. Also within the Hotel is O'Shea's, an Irish pub. Whistle Stop at Whistlers Inn is a good pub-type night spot with darts, pool and big-screen sports; and De'd Dog Saloon in the Astoria Hotel, which has internet access, is a favourite with the locals. Fireside Lounge in Marmot Lodge has nightly entertainment. At Jasper Park Lodge, the Emerald Lounge has hearty après-ski snacks, and Tent City Sports Lounge recalls the history of the lodge and has lively entertainment.
A new terrain park was opened in February 2000. Located on Marmot Run the new park features tabletops, floaters, big hits and a hip jump. The natural terrain itself is like a giant terrain park with natural bowls and gullies , powder and moguls. Seven of the nine lifts are chairs making access for boarders much easier.