This season marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary for Marmot Basin as well as the start of a number of notable anniversaries within the town of Jasper itself. The start of the 2013/14 season kicks off a year long celebration and we invite you to join us as we celebrate.
So what is the history of Marmot Basin? Well the origins go way back to the 1920's when Joe Weiss, originally from Switzerland and one of the early ski and ski mountaineering pioneers in the Rockies, skied into the eastern slopes of Marmot Mountain and found the area that he later called Marmot Basin.
But it wasn't until the 1950's before Marmot was connected to the main highway by road and this was only passable with the use of specially adapted busses and trucks. By 1961 Marmot got its first rope tow, constructed from the remains of an old army truck, which was installed on what is today the Paradise run. And in 1964 Marmot Basin was officially born when Parks Canada issued a License of Operation to Marmot Basin Ski-Lifts Ltd.
In 1968, the Tranquilizer chair was installed, giving access from the base area as it exists today. During the 1970s the ski area continued to grow as 3 new lifts were installed. The 1980's and 90's were relatively quiet times for the development of the ski area but in 1990, Marmot Basin installed its first high speed detachable quad chairlift - The Eagle Express. Since then new investment has enabled the installation of further high speed chairs, giving unparalleled access to the slopes, as well as investment in Chalet facilities and eco-friendly Snow Making systems.
Still want to know more? Why not visit our About Us section for the full story where we'll also be painting the history of Marmot Basin with pictures.
A lot has changed since the time that Joe Weiss first discovered Marmot. But a few things never change. Marmot Basin is still home to some of the most breathtaking and unspoilt views anywhere in the Canadian Rockies, Marmot has terrain to suit, and challenge, all and when the powder comes it's some of the best you will ever experience. But don't take our word for it, come and see for yourself and find your piece of Paradise!
Throughout the season Marmot Basin will be celebrating with great deals, contests and events to mark our 50th. So be sure to keep your eyes and ears open and visit skimarmot.com to find out more on what's in store!
We look forward to seeing you in our 50th year. And here's to the next 50 - may they be just as exciting!