Marmot Basin gets its first big snowstorm of the season
Jan Hudec, Lake Louise, 2007 Canada
Marmot Basin on Sept. 20, 2010. The mid-mountain snow fall was approximately 12 cms. 
Photo courtesy of Marmot Basin

November 11th – targeted opening day

Canada’s most elevated ski area, Jasper’s Marmot Basin, received over 10 cms of snow on Monday, and higher elevations received a significant amount more than that.

At 1,700 metres, Marmot boasts the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski resorts, meaning it often gets large amounts of snow when it's raining down in the Athabasca Valley and the town of Jasper. That was exactly the case this week when a mix of rain and snow fell on the valley floor while heaps of wet, white snow fell on the mountain slopes.

Last winter Marmot opened on November 11, its earliest opening date ever, with ideal snow conditions. So far this fall is shaping up to deliver a repeat performance. Our fingers are crossed that this season can start off even better, and we can help break Marmot’s record setting year for attendance (last season).

“I think this snow is here to stay”, predicted an optimistic Brian Rode, Marmot’s VP of marketing and sales. “We may still get some warm weather, but given that it’s nearing the end of September, I am quite sure this is the beginning of a very good base layer.”

Marmot Basin is once again targeting November 11 as the opening day of the season, only 49 days from today. For a preview of what to expect this season, check out this photo from just a few days ago.

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