Ski Holidays in Jasper
Ski Marmot Basin in the Canadian Rockies
Skiing in Jasper is perfect if you're looking for a quieter experience compared to some of the larger and busier resorts. The area is full of open ski hills - and fewer crowds mean no long queuing times! You really feel a part of the small-town community.
How to Book
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If you're thinking of skiing in Jasper, it's a great choice. You get all the scenery and dry powder of a Rocky Mountains resort without the crowds of Banff and Lake Louise. Just give our friendly ski experts a call to book your holiday. Chat with us about what you're looking for and we can book your flights, the perfect hotel, transfers, equipment and your lift pass. Just let us know your skill level and how many days you'd like to ski for.
Discover Marmot Basin
Scenic and secluded
Scenic and secluded
The charm of skiing Jasper's Marmot Basin is the peace and quiet of the resort, and of course, its stunning backdrop. Nestled in some of the most spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies, it's an authentic mountain town with a small-town feeling offering big amenities. It's great value to ski in Jasper as winter is actually the town's off-season. The resort boasts rugged terrain and an uncrowded, unhurried atmosphere for a laidback ski holiday.
Getting to Jasper
Jasper is served by two international airports. Edmonton is the closest airport to the resort and is a four and a half hour drive or transfer away. You can also fly into Calgary, around a five hire drive or transfer away. Calgary could be a great choice if you'd like to combine your Jasper ski holiday with a bit of sightseeing. The drive along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper is one of the most stunning in the world.
Stats on terrain & runs
Jasper Marmot offers some pretty impressive mountain stats over 1,720 acres of ski area. Elevation is 3,000ft (914m) with a vertical drop 8,570ft-5570ft (2,612m- 1,698m). The mid-mountain elevation is 6,494ft (1,980m). The Jasper ski resort boasts Canada's highest base elevation at 5,570ft (1,698m). The longest run is 5.6km. Plus, Marmot Basin has an impressive lift system, with 7 lifts including 3 high-speed quads
Runs for all levels
Jasper boasts the cold, dry Alberta snow that the Rockies are famous for. It's a long ski season from November to May and Marmot Basin averages 4m of snow annually. There is a great spread of runs for all abilities, making the resort a family-friendly option:
• Beginners: 30%
• Intermediate: 30%
• Advanced 20%
• Expert: 20%
Where to Stay
The best hotels
Staying in Jasper
The town of Jasper is around a 25-minute shuttle bus from the ski resort and offers shops, restaurants and plenty of accommodation. Our favourite pick is the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, just across the river from the town. The plush resort offers 442 luxurious rooms in cedar chalets and original log cabins. It is where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are rumoured to have honeymooned. In the town itself, Tonquin Inn and Lobstick Lodge are two favourites.
Staying outside of Jasper
Tekarra Lodge is located just outside the Jasper Townsite, that little bit closer to the ski resort. It nestles in the midst of the tall pines of Jasper National Park, boasting fabulous views. Maligne Lodge is another comfortable favourite which is right at the end of Jasper's high street. It's the opposite end of town to the majority of Jasper's hotels and again is a few minutes closer to the ski resort.
Lift passes, lessons & gear
Marmot Basin lift passes
Your lift pass is an essential for your ski holiday in Jasper - you can't access the slopes without it! So buy in advance to save money on in-resort fees and save hassle once you arrive in Jasper. Simply decide the number of days you'd like to ski or ride during your holiday. You can quickly and easily book lift passes for your whole group online or over the phone with our advisors.
Marmot Basin boasts an excellent ski school, but it's not just for beginners! A wide range of skill levels could benefit from booking a day or two of ski lessons. The lessons help you to orientate yourself around the Jasper ski resort and build your confidence. The instructors will explain all the runs and ski areas to you as well as take you to hidden parts of the mountain. You also enjoy priority lift boarding when you are with an instructor.
Save time and hassle by hiring ski and snowboard equipment ahead of time. When you hire with us, we'll make sure your vouchers and equipment are ready and waiting for you when you arrive in the resort. You can choose from three different equipment levels to suit beginners through to experts, from good quality and reliable through to the highest spec and latest season. Hire your skis, poles or snowboard with us or choose a package including your boots.
Top 5 winter activities
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
During your Jasper ski holiday you can enjoy a fascinating 3-hour tour through the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park. Walk along the frozen floor of the canyon and pause for photos of the breathtaking Angel and Queen of Maligne icefalls. With towering ice pinnacles and glittering icicles, it's a whole different world down in the canyon - particularly in the moonlight. Equipment and transfers from Jasper are provided for both day and night time tours. Call us to book.
Wildlife Discovery Tour
Knowledgeable guides will help you seek out all of Jasper National Park's most iconic creatures. Elk, deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, wolves, coyotes and moose all call the park home. Learn about how these animals contribute to the rich biodiversity of the park and how they survive the cold winters. Stay warm and safe inside the comfortable van as you cruise through the Athabasca Valley and stop for snaps of the wildlife. Call us to book.
Embark on a unique adventure and visit another province to boot! 90-minutes outside Jasper, in Valemount, British Columbia, you can drive your own team of sled dogs! Enjoy a lesson to learn how to mush the friendly huskies and then skim across the snow on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can choose to snuggle up under a cosy blanket and ride as a passenger in the sled. Either way, you'll enjoy fabulous surroundings and adorable huskies! Call us to book.
Experience Ice Climbing
Explore a local ice climbing gem minutes from Jasper, with fantastic views over the Maligne Valley. You'll join a group of like-minded adventurers looking for a thrilling challenge under safe tuition. No experience is necessary on this expedition into the frozen world and all equipment will be provided. You'll soon be scaling a frozen waterfall and achieving things you never thought possible! Call us to book.
Jasper Downtown Foodie Tour
Enjoy a leisurely 1.5km walk through Jasper's picturesque downtown. Over the course of three hours, you'll visit four restaurants and sample four hand-picked dishes. Each carefully-chosen morsel is paired with a complementary alcoholic beverage. Along the way, you'll learn about Jasper's history and take in some of the town's best tales. Call us to book.
Know before you go
Opening and closing dates
Marmot Basin has a long ski season. Each year, the Jasper ski resort opens in early November and stays open until early May. The opening and closing dates vary each year depending on the weather and snowfall, so double check before you start planning your holiday. For 2018/2019, the season is from 16th November to 3rd May. Last season the dates were 10th November to 6th May.
When to go
Any time is a good time to go on a skiing holiday in Jasper! With a 6-month ski season, each month brings something different. April and May boast sunshine and warmer weather, but February and March are two of our favourite months to visit in. They both have great snowfall accumulation, winter is in full swing and there are lots of events happening. You might also find deals and discounts in February as well as new equipment demo days!
Like many Alberta ski resorts, Marmot Basin doesn't get a huge amount of snow per year. On average, the Jasper ski resort gets around 4m of snow annually. (Compare that to the likes of Whistler, which gets an average of 11.7m!) However, the conditions in Jasper are cold and dry, meaning the snow quality is superb. The snow stays good for days after a snowfall and is considered to be the fine, champagne powder that the Rockies are famous for.
As a true mountain town, Jasper embraces the winter season with an impressive roster of events. Almost the entire month of January, from 10th - 27th, is known as Jasper in January. The festival boasts three weeks of fat bike racing, dog sledding, skating, skiing and more. Between 22nd and 24th February, Jasper turns delicious with the Devour! The Canadian Rockies Food Film Festival is where cinema meets indulgent food and wine.
Marmot Basin terrain map
Get to know Marmot Basin's ski runs before you go on your Jasper ski holiday
See Marmot Basin for yourself
Watch these inspiring videos filmed from the slopes of Marmot Basin
Your ski holiday in Jasper
The drive to Jasper from Calgary is an experience in itself, as you travel along one of the world’s most scenic roads, 'The Icefields Parkway'. Once in Jasper, the spectacular scenery and quirky town more than make up for the long drive. Marmot Basin Ski Resort is just a short transfer from the town and boasts amazing views across the Rockies. It has great terrain for both intermediate and beginner levels, so it is perfect for family ski holidays or a romantic break for couples. The town of Jasper has out-of-this-world scenery and the friendliest of welcomes. After one night in the pub, you will feel like a local!
The Marmot Basin in Jasper is a little hidden gem of a ski resort, and unlike most ski destinations, winter is the quiet period in this year-round mountain town. That means wide-open ski hills, no lift queues, and you really feel like you are part of the community as you spend your evenings at one of the local bars or restaurants.
Marmot Basin is a 20-minute transfer from the town which is included in your lift ticket cost, taking you to enjoy 1,720 acres of amazing skiable terrain over 86 marked trails. Perfect for all levels of skiers and boarders, it is particularly good for experts or those looking for a bit more of a challenge, with 40% black and double black runs.
Skiing in Jasper
When you visit the Canadian Rockies in Jasper, you're in for a treat at the Marmot Basin ski resort
Getting to Jasper
Marmot Basin is in Jasper National Park, in Alberta. The closest international airports are Calgary and Edmonton, both a few hours' scenic drive away. The ski resort is around a 25-minute shuttle bus ride from the friendly town of Jasper. It offers the best of both worlds, with stunning mountain seclusion and plenty of amenities.
Make time to see Jasper National Park! Dog sledding and sleigh rides are a great way to see the sights on your day off from skiing.
Views from the top
The views from the Eagle Ridge and Knob chairs are particularly awe-inspiring, so make sure you take in the scenery on your Jasper ski holiday.
Choose from the Caribou Chalet at the base or The Paradise & Eagle Chalets mid-mountain.
The Best Apres
The Kokanee Glacier Deck at the mountain base is a beautiful spot & try the Jasper Brewing Company.
The Best Ski Runs
Highway Sixteen and Show Off are regular favourites starting at the top of the Canadian Rockies Express Quad. First thing in the morning, there are only a handful of skiers here so you can let rip on the groomed corduroy. The Peak and Charlie's Bowl come a close second, and you can easily ski three to four kilometres from here.