Jasper Ski Resort
You stay at Jasper and ski at Marmot Basin, a 25-minute drive from Jasper. That’s the deal because there are no on-mountain accommodations in this raw, beautiful and highly conserved wildlife habitat.
The small town of Jasper with its clapboard and stone lodgings, restaurants and shops is complemented by the 4,200 square miles (10,878 sq km) of Jasper National Park wilderness and the recreational ski area of Marmot Basin lying within.
One unique feature of the resort is that when you arrive at Marmot Basin you simply park and ski straight off to the nearest chairlift-and at the end of the day you can ski directly back to your vehicle too. But it’s the sheer beauty of this back-to-nature ski area that will impress you most, especially in winter, which is off-season.
Summer may draw the crowds to see the natural beauty and wide open spaces, but the scenery is most spectacular in the winter-elk move through the lowlands and waterfalls are suspended, frozen in time. Rubbing shoulders, or at least views, with deer and elk and taking in just how remote, uncrowded and powder-covered this natural basin is you really get the feeling of skiing a final frontier.