Set in the middle of Jasper National Park, this low-key, low-rise little town appeals more to those keen on scenery and wildlife (and cross-country skiing) rather than piste miles. Could combine a stay with Whistler, Banff or Lake Louise. Snowfall is modest by North American standards and there is lots of steep terrain that needs good snow to be fun. Keen piste-bashers will cover all the groomed runs in half a day. There are excellent nursery slopes. Visitors have commented on few crowds and queues. There are 300km of cross-country trails. Most accommodation is out of town or on the outskirts and the local slopes are a 30-minute drive.

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