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Marmot Basin
Marmot Basin
Jasper
AB
T0E 1E0
Tel: 780 852 3816

Where are we going today?

Skiing and snowboarding lessons and open routes are available, with lessons beginning at age 4 and all levels of ability catered for with route options split 30% green runs, 30% blue, and the rest black.

There is also a beginner friendly terrain park for developing skills and confidence.

Very pro family approach and other activities include geocaching.

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsElements are priced individually.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Year round access with seasonal variations.

I'm Hungry!

There are several specifically family dining options available..

Any Top Tips?

Always check the snow reports before you go..

Can I get one of those?

Relevant equipment and apparel stores available and more..

What people are saying?

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    Too pricey for what u get. Mtn feels small, short runs, not a lot of variety. Lots of mtn obstacles showing thru. Went to adjust bindings to find all tools missing or broken at all 2 of the work benches. So I bought an over priced tool set from the retail shop. Breakfast was good but lunch is poo. Guess I had higher hopes for this place.

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    Great ski hill with amazing view. Snow isnt the best but marmots terrain makes up for that. You can go from the steep, double black diamonds on eagle ridge, the nice, fluffy powder near the knob chair, or the beginner section at the bottom. Oh yeah, if you head up the road to the ski hill, make sure to have nice winter tires, a decent engine.

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    An amazing place and more laid back. Lineups are never bad. If you get good weather / snow while you're there it'll be the experience of a lifetime.

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    Marmot Basin: a 'once in a lifetime' experience?!

    Marmot Basin is a little resort, with good runs and few people skiing there for most of the time. It is located near Jasper and offers a great and scenic mountain view. It could be a nice, even though not a cheap experience. It could … but the two days of skiing did not totally satisfy me.

    I headed out to Marmot Basin on a cloudy day looking forward to a great powder day. I rented my skis and bought the ticket. I then headed out to find most of the lifts closed. Only a flat school run was open....Read More

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    Since 1999, I've been fortunate to have lived in Jasper, North Vancouver, and New Zealand, and I've been able to travel the US and Europe. Being in these places gave me the opportunity to ride dozens of resort around the world. There are lots of great places to ski and snowboard. I've had deep, powdery days in all of them (especially during the NZ winter of 04 -- wow); but for me it always seems to come back to Marmot Basin. I love the terrain, I love the speed of the place, I love the people, and I love that it's just far enough away from any major...Read More

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by Sebastian Springer

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Marmot Basin: a 'once in a lifetime' experience?!

Marmot Basin is a little resort, with good runs and few people skiing there for most of the time. It is located near Jasper and offers a great and scenic mountain view. It could be a nice, even though not a cheap experience. It could … but the two days of skiing did not totally satisfy me.

I headed out to Marmot Basin on a cloudy day looking forward to a great powder day. I rented my skis and bought the ticket. I then headed out to find most of the lifts closed. Only a flat school run was open. If you enjoy skiing on a hill as steep as the Great Plains, that's the place to go. Weather is always part of the game and strong winds are troublesome for any chair lift. No question about that. So I can see that point of closing the lifts.

But: I felt like having bought a ticket for a cruise and then finding myself on a boring one-day boat trip. And yes, I was quite disappointed. The cashier sold me a full day pass, knowing that most of the lifts were closed at that time.

One chair lift opened shortly before midday, which made at least some black runs with great powder accessible but still leaving most of the mountain closed. All in all not worth the money I paid for the pass.

I decided to head out to the guest service the next morning to see what could be done about that. I was then referred to come back in the afternoon to talk to the manager. When I got there for a second time I was blocked off by one of the cashiers: 'I should have come yesterday and normally they don't grant a refund or anything etc.. Now you know that for the next time'. Is that what you call a good guest service?

Well, I don't! Every governmental agency has a better costumer service than Marmot Basin.

It's kinda creepy selling a full priced ticket, knowing that most of the mountain is shut down at that time (and will remain shut down throughout the day). And it's even bolder if the manager isn't even ready to take the complaint the next day and think about any kind of compensation. Poor performance on that!

So … yes Marmot Basin truly was a 'once in a lifetime' experience. I am disappointed by the poor guest service and the poor experience I payed a lot of money for. One thing is for sure: I'll never come again and I cannot recommend that resort to anybody. Take the extra miles and head for Lake Louise, Revelstoke, Golden or some of the other awesome resorts fairly close by. You will definitely enjoy it a lot more.

If you want to pay more for less: Marmot Basin is the place to go.

Out of 5 stars I will award 2.
Deducting 3 each for:
- poor day of skiing w/ most lifts closed and w/o any compensation
- disappointing guest service, not worth it's name
- ticket prices slightly over the top for the experience the resort has to offer

by Travis Grant

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Since 1999, I've been fortunate to have lived in Jasper, North Vancouver, and New Zealand, and I've been able to travel the US and Europe. Being in these places gave me the opportunity to ride dozens of resort around the world. There are lots of great places to ski and snowboard. I've had deep, powdery days in all of them (especially during the NZ winter of 04 -- wow); but for me it always seems to come back to Marmot Basin. I love the terrain, I love the speed of the place, I love the people, and I love that it's just far enough away from any major city that it never sees the traffic that typically ruins places like Lake Louise and Sunshine Village.

Marmot Basin is one of Canada's best kept secrets. Don't tell your friends.

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