Ski holidays in Jasper offer a glimpse into an authentic Canadian town surrounded by dramatic scenery. Its location in Jasper National Park, close to the imposing Athabasca River, allows an incredible proximity to nature with moose, elk and deer all as friendly as the locals and thriving around Jasper’s mountain community.
The ski area, Marmot Basin, is located 20 minutes away from the town and is easily accessed with the regular shuttle services included with your lift pass. It is known for quiet slopes, minimal lift queues and a wide variety of skiing appealing to all levels. Couple this with fantastic snowfalls and light, dry powder; and you have a truly memorable experience.
It does get cold here, most cold waves are in January, but rarely for more than a day at a time. You won’t mind so much when you see the snow the cold temperatures create. As an added bonus, winter is actually the low season for Jasper, making this UNESCO World Heritage Site an affordable option when looking at skiing in Canada.
Skiing in the resort
The Marmot Basin is Jasper's ski area and a convenient layout means it is user-friendly and effortless to get around the mountain. Days spent cruising one of the most stunning and accessible wilderness areas are truly unforgettable.
Beautifully pisted runs and easy access to blue slopes from every lift, and greens from the majority mean that learning to ski here is a great experience, especially with the superb ski school which really focuses on having fun.
Intermediates will revel in the long, undulating runs and be able to explore the wide bowls and tree-lined routes spread across the 86 marked pistes. With the resort evenly split between beginners, intermediates and expert, anyone looking for a challenge will not be disappointed. The high ridges and large bowls scattered across the upper sections of the mountain provide exciting opportunities, especially with some of the steeper double black diamond terrain on offer.
Whilst there are a few mountain restaurants for lunch or a fuel stop, après is situated entirely in town. The choice of bars and restaurants is perhaps surprising given that Jasper is a small town but as such, it has a very quaint, relaxed atmosphere. There is something for all budgets but if you are looking for traditional Canadian fare, the Moose’s Nook at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge comes highly recommended.
There's also loads to see off the slopes, including the Maligne Ice Canyon walks where you cross ice bridges and frozen waterfalls, ride the Icefields Parkway (one of the most beautifully scenic routes in the world) in a motorcycle sidecar, find the story behind the Two Brothers Totem pole, as well as Jasper being home to all the wonderful wildlife and the hottest hot springs in the Rockies.
Accommodation in Jasper
We figured that coming to Jasper is, as the tourist board puts it, an escape. So why would you want to stay anywhere other than in the thick of it. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is built as a luxurious Great Canadian Lodge completely immersed in nature, surrounded on all sides, its 700 acres within the beautiful National Park.
Resort height - 1,698m
Highest point - 2,612m
Ski areaMarmot Basin - 1,675 acres of ski terrain
Green runs 30%
Blue runs 30%
Black runs 40%
Lifts - 7
Season length - November to May
Why choose Jasper?
- Truly a winter escape
- Highest base elevation in Canada
- The National Park makes Jasper fantastic for scenery and wildlife
- Compact ski area with a great range of runs
- Slopes are un-crowded and the people friendly
Cross-country skiing | dog sledding | horse drawn rides | Icefields Parkway | ice skating | Maligne ice canyon walks | snow shoeing | tobogganing | wildlife trails and walks
Calgary - 5 hours 30 minutes
Jasper area lift pass
6 day lift pass from £173
9 day lift pass from £276
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