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Spring skiing in Jasper beats a tropical getaway

My crew and I set ashore in Jasper for a March 3 – 6 layover at The Crimson Hotel, on the trail of the Marmot treasure. I’ve frequented these parts long enough to know that when many Edmontonians start polishing their golf clubs or greasing their crank sets, Marmot Basin still has lots of powder potential.

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First-time skier discovers her ‘hum’ on the slopes

I recently watched a couple of videos that inspired me, both of which you will find within this story. The first showcases a recent TED talk featuring life stories from one of the world’s most powerful people in the entertainment industry, the other showcases a young girl’s first time ever learning to ski at Jasper’s Marmot Basin.

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Marmot SnowSeekers TELUS TV

George Andrew has called Jasper home his entire life and takes people out from around the world to show them his office, Marmot Basin snowed in within the Canadian Rockies.

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Then and now: Marmot Basin

Skiing down Marmot Run on a clear day, you’d be forgiven for thinking that little has changed in over half a century since Marmot Basin Ski Area (then called Marmot Basin Ski-Lifts Ltd) officially launched operation in Jasper National Park in 1964.

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Marmot’s Magic Moments

The mountains are calling and you need to answer the call because the start to the 2015/16 season has been a blockbuster. You've heard the reports of epic snowfalls across many of Alberta and B.C’.s mountain destinations - and its no different at Marmot Basin. That's where I was this week, out inspecting the snowy goodness and reporting back so you know what you can look forward to. 

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Marmot setting a powder precedent

Here’s the basic intel: Marmot Basin in Jasper, AB., is the snow destination in Western Canada right now. While warm weather had folks elsewhere paddling their way down main street, I spent my weekend choking on blower powder.

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Jonesing for Jasper

It's been years since I've had the chance to experience one of the world's coolest ski towns. West of Edmonton via a three- to four-hour drive, Jasper goes down as one of the coolest ski towns.

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Dreaming of a white January

For many of us, Christmas comes and goes in a blur — but for skiers and winter-loving folk in Alberta, Jasper in January is a festive time that keeps on giving. 

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Gathering the family (and gear) for hot chocolate and Jasper in January

Once again, I’m rifling through drawers and closets in search of misplaced mittens, sweaters and toques. In the background, a weather report calls for 20 to 30 centimetres. It's time to go to Jasper for Jasper in January!

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Six months of skiing? Yes, please

What do we love about the Rocky Mountain ski season in Alberta? There’s six months of it. Get ready skiers and riders; it’s going to be a good year. 

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Jasper springs to life

Spring is an exciting time to visit Jasper National Park. Many animals are coming out of hibernation and can be found wandering around near the Town of Jasper. 

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Springtime fun at Marmot Basin

 

Mild weather, an incredible amount of new snow and a line-up of fun events make for the perfect ending to an awesome snow year at Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park. 

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Jasper bursting with Pride

When it comes to Pride, Jasper’s bursting at the seams.

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The five w's of family fun in Jasper

I know that whenever I visit somewhere new I appreciate when locals help me find the perfect activity. In that spirit, here is how I answer that nightly question from families when waiting tables: So what should we do tomorrow?

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Support staff, reap rewards

Like my dad in a pastry shop, Jasper has always been susceptible to turnovers.

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Winter is alive and vibrant in JNP

While Marmot Basin is the main player in the park, it’s not the only reason winter users are drawn to Jasper.

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Maligne Canyon night crawl

A chandelier-strewn silver promenade, a dazzling spectacle of sparkling lights and a chauffeured ride to the ball.

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MyJasper Top 5 winter activities

From fat tires to skinny skis, check out Bob Covey's top five winter activites in Jasper.

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Get on the slopes faster

Every year it seems Marmot Basin introduces something to give skiers and snowboarders what they truly want. This year it’s the My Marmot Card, which takes convenience to a whole new level.

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VIDEO: Marmot Basin in Two Minutes

Everything you need to know about Marmot Basin in two minutes. Watch as Doc Pow shreds the slopes, rides the biggest lift in the Canadian Rockies, and enjoys life in Jasper National Park. 

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School House rocks at Marmot Basin

Marmot Basin has become a great place for people to take their young kids to learn how to ski or board. Just read how much five-year-old Aiden enjoyed his first time at Marmot.

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Bombs, dogs and avi bling at Marmot Basin

Being buried for an avalanche rescue simulation is the closest I’ve ever come to being trapped under the snow, but the experience is enough to instill me with deep respect for the avalanche technicians who monitor and manage snow conditions and ensure public safety.

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Be prepared to be awestruck by Icefields Parkway’s wonders

Flanked by craggy cliffs, traversing the headwaters of three major river systems, and teeming with wildlife, the Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise to Jasper can bolster your spirits while leaving you feeling insignificant.

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Marmot Basin's hometown charm keeps bringing shredders back

Sterling Todd Keys returns "home" to Marmot Basin and is happy to find that it delivers another memorable experience, as always.

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Family Day weekend at Marmot Basin

SnowSeekers' youngest correspondent, Zoe Kruschke, rips up Marmot Basin during Family Day weekend.

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The secret of Marmot lies in its ridges

Doc Pow gives some insight into how to find the most stellar views from Marmot's ridgelines.

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Tree-licious skiing and boarding at Marmot Basin

Todd O'Keefe comes back to Marmot Basin for an epic day of skiing, and shares his personal trail maps that you could try next time you hit Marmot's slopes.

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Knowing your boundaries

It's important to step back and understand where it is we're skiing, what the dangers are, and whether we're prepared to tackle the terrain we're after.

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Basking in Jasper’s lunar luminescence

Taking in the magic and the mystery of the Rocky Mountains –illuminated by the shining orb of the full moon – is a must when visiting Jasper National Park during this loveliest of lunar phases.

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Zip, knee, toe: telemark skiing at Marmot Basin

Telemarking is traditionally used in the backcountry, but over the past few years the art has picked up speed by die-hard snow fans looking to mix up their routine. 

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Valemount, B.C.'s Cariboo Cat Skiing

If you are in the Valemount valley, stop in at Cariboo Cat Skiing, because there is nothing Terry, the owner, would love more than to take you cat skiing. 

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Walking through Mother Nature's ice garden

In addition to Marmot Basin Ski Resort, Jasper National Park offers up some stellar winter adventures sure to keep any snow seeker stoked. One of the most popular attractions in the winter is Maligne Canyon.

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Marmot gives the sweetest birthday gift

Marmot is letting you ski for free on your birthday. It doesn't get much better than that, unless you're a summer baby in which case you're probably not too happy.

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VIDEO: The Snow Show — Marmot Basin episode

In this week's episode of The Snow Show, 3-season Jasper resident and and head coach of Marmot's Free Mountain team, Sean MacCarron, takes the crew around Marmot Basin for some great runs, heads into town for a truly unique yoga experience, and finishes off the day with a great steak dinner at the D'ed Dog Bar & Grill.

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Jasper outdoor excursion yields a lot of adventure

Not 10 minutes out with the folks from the Jasper Adventure Centre, we were slowing down our vehicle for a small herd of White-tail.

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Turning some UK visitors into mushers

When you walk up the line, you are greeted with a symphony of sounds: howls, whines, and barking.

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Marmot Basin reaps snowy blessings of the gods

Discovering the secrets of Marmot Basin’s mysterious bounty has been my mission for several weeks, since plumbing the depths of a powder deluge back in early February.

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