Low-key and unassuming, Jasper’s Marmot Basin has all the big mountain terrain and stunning panoramas of its national park counterpart with none of the crowds.
There’s no need to rush on a powder day because there’s plenty to go around. Even days after a storm, you’re almost guaranteed to stumble across a stash of quality snow on Marmot’s 1,675 acres that include alpine bowls, groomers and glades cut through the trees.
Suit up and ride out straight from the parking lot (located above the base) to access it all. The best part is that you can ride it all for half price every day with zero blackouts all season with a Marmot Escape Card for just $75.
The Jasper Skytram operates from late March to the end of October offering a seven-minute ride up Whistlers Mountain, named for the whistling call of the hoary marmot that call this place home. Once at the top, you can hike to the summit for a high-alpine perspective.