Marmot is known (though not well enough) for having great snow, and the longest, fastest high-speed quad in the Canadian Rockies climbing 2,000’ vertical from base to near the summit. Marmot features a nice progression from green to blue to black and double black Marmot Basin diamond runs.
For extreme skiers, Marmot’s expansive bowls are accessible off the summit Knob Chair at 8,570’. Marmot has similarities to Loveland and Arapahoe Basin with its above tree lined bowls only Marmot is far more remote with only one long winding mountain road approach.
You are as likely to see wildlife as other cars some early snowy ski mornings. Marmot Basin is independently owned through a coop of local people, and their pride shows in the friendly staff.
While skiing at Marmot, stay at the Jasper Park Lodge. This Fairmont owned resort sprawls across 700-acres with the main Rocky Mountain Lodge as centerpiece, and numerous rustic out cabins provide additional lodging. You can see Marmot’s slopes from the Great Hall lobby bar over the outdoor heated pool.
If you didn’t get enough skiing on the 3,000’ vertical of Marmot, take to skating on Jasper’s Lake Beauvert, or head to town to explore the friendly frontier town of Jasper. Just beware of elk grazing by the roadside. No caribou though, park experts theorize that the wolves are reducing the caribou population.
Marmot Basin Ski Stats:
Elevation: 8,570′, 3,000′ vertical drop
Size: 1,675 acres of terrain
Altitude: Canada’s Highest Base Elevation: 5,570′
Distance: Longest Run—5.6km.
86 Trails, 7 lifts
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada