The town of Jasper and the Marmot Basin ski resort is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jasper National Park, Alberta, in the midst of the Rockies. The town itself has a charming community feel to it, with beautiful surroundings of picturesque mountain scenery. As Canada’s northernmost ski resort, it also has exceptional snowfall. If you are lucky you may even spot elk or deer, which are known to be seen around the resort.
Skiing in Jasper/Marmot Basin:
With 91km of piste, the range and variety of runs here are particularly impressive. For beginners, there is over 25km of meandering gentle runs, whilst at the base area day lodge, there is a beginner’s zone that also has lift-served progression routes to help newbies move on to the wide-open bowls and groomed runs. There are also treelined runs, moguls, chutes, and alpine bowls to ensure that the slopes never get boring. Due to the amount of snowfall Jasper has plenty of natural dry powder snow, and there is also access to the backcountry off-piste creating plenty of opportunities for a more natural skiing experience. On top of this, there are two terrain parks with a variety of jumps, rails, and boxes to excite snowboarders and freestylers.
For Schools Because:
Jasper is home to a ski school with a fantastic reputation as well as other helpful facilities such as the equipment rental shop which is ideal for larger school groups. Although it is a well-known and top-quality resort, the pistes are often uncrowded, especially when compared to other resorts, and you hardly ever see lift queues.
In the town of Jasper, there is a long list of exciting activities to do during afternoons or days off. There is a great range of shops, a cinema, an art gallery, and a leisure centre with a swimming pool, waterslide, and hot tubs. Other snow activities are also available including ice skating, ice fishing, dogsled tours, and the glorious Maligne Canyon Ice walk. During the evenings, there is a great choice of restaurants, many internationally themed, where you can relax and eat after an exciting day.
Resort Height 1698m
Vertical Drop 914m
No. of Lifts 7
No. of Runs 95
Easy Runs 29
Medium Runs 29
Difficult Runs 37
Total Distance of Piste 91km
Average Snowfall 160 inches
Calgary Transfer Time 5hrs 30mins
London to Calgary Flight time 8hrs 50mins
Château Jasper ****
As the aptly named Château Jasper can be found right in the heart of town it’s an ideal venue for school parties wishing to ski the Marmot Basin and definitely ticks all the right boxes when it comes to in-house facilities. The rooms are usually allocated on a four occupant basis sharing two double beds. Outside of the en-suite guest rooms you’ll discover a heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool tub providing plenty of respite for aching limbs after a long day of skiing. With a fitness centre on hand in case muscles require a further work out.
As Château Jasper also has a good selection of public space it’s easy to organise evening activities or meetings with an award-winning grill restaurant and lounge area offering further options for getting together away from the slopes. With WiFi access in all guest rooms and internet terminals in the lobby there’s no excuses not to keep in touch with interested parties back home with Jasper après ski always providing plenty of topics of conversation.
- 119 en-suite guest rooms suitable for 2 – 4 people sharing beds
- Award-winning fine dining restaurant: the Silverwater Grill and Lounge
- Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool tub
- Fitness centre and meeting areas
- Wi-Fi access throughout and internet terminals in lobby
- Complimentary shuttle bus to Marmot ski area
- Loads of après ski options right on your doorstep
Lobstick Lodge ****
Lobstick Lodge offers school parties an excellent base from where to enjoy the Marmot Basin. Accommodation is spacious and comfortable with close to 140 rooms providing students with one or two beds to share on a two to four occupant basis. All en-suite bedrooms have private facilities with plenty to do, all provided in-house. An indoor swimming pool, three outdoor hot tubs, a fitness centre and a sauna always make for a warm welcome home from the slopes with complimentary internet terminals enabling students to tell their friends and family all about it. The on-site Country Inn restaurant ensures all guests are treated to a healthy dose of Canadian hospitality with the lounge bar offering a laid back venue for Party Leaders and students to kick back and relax. As the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus to the ski slopes of Jasper, working up an appetite is never in doubt and once energy levels have been revived there’s plenty of après ski action just along the track.
- Modern looking lodge with good choice of amenities
- 139 en-suite guest rooms suitable for 2 – 4 people sharing beds
- Guest rooms include telephone and cable TV
- Dining area and lounge with open fireplace in reception
- Indoor pool, 3 outdoor hot tubs and a sauna
- Fitness centre and laundry facilities on-site
- Free high-speed internet terminals
- Complimentary ski shuttle bus with slopes around 6 miles away