Like most North American ski areas, Marmot Basin is an extremely well planned riding area. Although it isn't huge, there's enough to do to keep most standards happy. The majority of runs in the resort are basically arrayed around the circumference of a huge bowl, with the steeper terrain at the top and the mellower slopes near the base. It makes navigation easy, as the bottom lifts and the top slopes all converge at the bottom of the Chalet Slope area. As with most resorts over there, each lift has an easy route down, making it a particularly fun resort for beginners and intermediates as they won't be confined to a certain part of the hill.

Slopes

  • Resort altitude: 1636m
  • Lower slopes: 1687m
  • Upper slopes: 2601m
  • Total pistes: 1675acres

For beginners

The slopes at the bottom of Marmot Basin are as perfect as it gets for beginners, so get straight on the Eagle Express chair and take a green down to the Tranquilizer. Later, take the Paradise Chair and lap the runs coming back down to the central Chalet Slope point. Then do it all again after lunch. Save Knob Chair till the end of the week.

For intermediates

With a bit of snow and sun, you'll enjoy Jasper's classic mid level Canuck facilities. The pistes off each chair are great fun, although you will probably find yourself drawn to Knob Chair, and some of the more challenging terrain over on the right hand side.

For advanced

Marmot Basin probably isn't the first choice for most experts You've really got two options: Knob Chair and Eagle Ridge. The trees off Eagle East are surprisingly involved, and will keep everyone happy if the snow is good. Later, try the hike up the ridge from the Eagle Ridge Quad, and head hard skier's left along the obvious traverse off the Knob Chair for some good steeps. Finally, hike the peak, but don't duck the rope, it's a nature reserve, and you will have your pass pulled.

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