Marmot Basin Ski Resort

With 1800 snowsure acres of skiing to explore, the relaxed base of Jasper to stay in and stunning scenery, Marmot Basin is a firm Canadian favourite.

Located right in the heart of Jasper National Park, the resort of Marmot Basin has arguably some of the world's most spectacular ski scenery and a varied, albeit compact ski area. Three fast quads serve the majority of the terrain, making it easy to lap the 3000ft of vertical on offer. Most of the terrain suits intermediates best, but there is some good hike-to terrain for more advanced and expert skiers, as well as some good gentle greens at the foot of the hill. Oh, and you'll very rarely find a lift queue – the slopes are often pretty much deserted!

On the hill there is little more than a daylodge and no accommodation, so you'll need to stay down in Jasper. This isn't a bad thing however as the bus ride/drive is quick and easy and the town has a friendly feel about it, as well as a very good range of accommodation, restaurants and watering holes. Getting here is the only issue, with the resort lying a three hour drive north of Banff – but this isn't necessarily a bad thing as it almost forces you into making a bit of a roadtrip out of your Canadian holiday.

Resort website: www.skimarmot.com

Pros

Very snowsure slopes throughout the season

Good range of accommodation in Jasper

Spectacular scenery at every turn and on the way here

Cons

No on-slope accommodation means a drive each day from Jasper

Lack of steeper terrain to challenge experts

Takes a while to get here, but the drive is epic

Getting there

  • Calgary airport: 4 hours

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