Day One – Boarding at Jasper's Marmot Basin

Day One – Boarding at Jasper's Marmot Basin correspondents Chris Tobias and Kevin Prisiak have embarked on a 10-day, 6-resort tour across Western Canada in search of epic powder courtesy of Acura. They'll be blogging throughout their trip, right here at


Acura Rocky Mountain Road Trip — Jasper, Marmot Basin

So far so good. With Morgan Page pumping through the super sweet sound system of our Acura ZDX, we are on the road to the first of six glorious mountains. A planned road trip (mostly planned anyway) to Jasper – Marmot Basin, Lake Louise, Revelstoke, Red Mountian, Whitewater, and ultimately Whistler/Blackcomb is underway.  

The whole thing started waaay back in 2011 when my friend Chris asked me if I would be interested in doing a trip through the Rockies, hitting the slopes along the way.  Hell ya I’m interested! It is now in motion, and I am hoping that this will be an epic adventure. Thanks to the awesome Doc Pow (President) and Rick (Manager of Communications) at Snowseekers for being so…well, awesome!

Marmot Basin is in excellent condition. Who didn’t know that, right? I’ve heard nothing but how great the snow has been all year up here in Jasper. With about 10 cm in the last week or so, we were still able to find some pow in the trees. Splendid and creamy – those are the two words I will use to describe day one of a 10-day adventure in the Rocky Mountains and beyond.  

More lifts and faster lifts are definitely the highlights over the last year at Marmot Basin.  With yet another high speed quad (replacing the old triple chair) getting higher faster is ther order of the day.  With an eight-minute ride (assuming the lift doesn’t stop for “that guy”) from the bottom to the top, it has never been more fun to ride Marmot.  

If you haven’t been in a while, you will be amazed at how accessible the whole mountain has become. Thanks to Brian Rode at Marmot for giving us the heads up on some awesome parking spots.  Being able to snowboard right down to our Acura ZDX at the end of the day was a perfect finish…other than the après ski in Jasper that is!

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