There are a few excellent things we can say to a person, one is to wish them a happy birth-day, the other is to wish them a happy first-day with the start of a ski season!
There were a whole lot of those wishes going around yesterday at Marmot Basin in Jasper- and it was with some serious just cause- Mother Nature had all delivered us a serious first-day present!
"This is the best first-day I have ever had," said snowboarder Jaro Malanowski of Edmonton, Alberta. "The snow is fantastic! Man I love this sport and it's wicked to be back out on the board." The snow was light, fluffy and there's lots of it! I think Marmot's been thanked by Ullr, the Snow God, for the recent install of their new chairlift and that thanks resulted in a whole lot of hootin' and hollering yesterday on the slopes.
Moving through the Grizzly Glades yesterday morning, found under the Eagle East Quad, my buddy Will Colford and I were met with face shot after face shot. "This is cat ski quality skiing right now," exclaimed a seriously stoked Colford after our second lap.
It's epic to be getting days like this in so early in the season when traditionally are not meet with this type of euphoria until maybe mid-December....but hey who is complaining?
With the install of this new chair, the Canadian Rockies Express, any snow seeker can get from the base of Marmot and into the goods so much quicker, it's now only a smooth seven and a half min ride away. For more on this impressive system have a look to some of their videos off the Marmot website
Marmot's opening with four lifts turning and 43 runs - the most amount of terrain available currently in Western Canada! These kind of stats can't help but make it a happy first-day! For more on all the adventures in Jasper, consult our Jasper page.
While in Jasper getting in these goods you are going to need a place to stay so dial up a night a two with any of Decore Hotel's properties. We stayed at the Tonquin which is home to some awesome outdoor hot tubs, a pool and Nick's Prime Rib Village, who makes a mean prime rib sandwich.
FYI, Banff's Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, are now open as well and are getting some glowing reports. It's time to get out there and enjoy the winter.
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