Marmot Basin Ski Resort
Flying under most skier’s radar, Marmot Basin located in the Jasper National Park offers up some unbelievably consistent skiing with super dry snow conditions across its 1,720 acres. Marmot is not for the faint-hearted, as 40% of its terrain is rated advanced and expert offering up lots of black and double black steeps, chutes, and bumps options to challenge strong and expert skiers and riders alike.
If you can ski well across all of Marmot Basin ski area you can ski well just about anywhere, although the snow conditions are usually dry and hero-like, thanks to Marmot Basin being Canada’s highest base elevation plus it’s northerly positing some 192 miles (370 km) west of Edmonton and 256 miles (404 km) northwest of Calgary.
Being somewhat remote, there are no lift lines at Marmot Basin, so you get great value for money from the seven lifts including three high-speed quads. With a base elevation of 5,570 ft (1,698 m) and a vertical drop of 3,000 ft (914 m), there is a lot to be excited about when you arrive at the Caribou Chalet base lodge some 25 minutes bus ride away from where you stay in the town of Jasper.
The Caribou Chalet features a cafeteria and dining lounge with magnificent views of the Athabasca Valley and the surrounding peaks. The outside deck is a popular spot for après ski.