If you live in West-central or Southern Alberta, you couldn’t be blamed for feeling like Mother Nature has blessed you with a special gift of early spring this January - especially after the winter we survived last year.
For lots of people, above 0° temperatures, easier commutes, and less snow shoveling are good things. But for those who love to ski and snowboard, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that you are maybe a little disappointed with the gift. There are many of us who are counting on a couple more months of skiing and snowboarding this season.
The good news is winter is alive and well at Jasper’s Marmot Basin.
While most of Alberta was getting rain last week, Marmot Basin was enjoying regular falls of snow. With 16cms in the past week, and another 15cm forecast for tonight - you know the skiing and snowboarding this weekend is going to be amazing!
It’s still cheap skiing and snowboarding season.
This weekend’s events include:
- Mountain Park Lodges Chili Cook-Off. One of the festival's best parties! Try Fantastic local, original chili recipes by competing teams themed and in costume. Tickets are $20 at the door.
- Free Brewery Tours. Sample a few cold ones at Canada’s first national park brewery
- Music at the Mountain. Groove to a live DJ while you ski or snowboard past the upper chalet
- Avalanche Awareness Day. Learn about Avalanches, Search and Rescue techniques and the work that goes into keeping terrain safe for Skiers and Boarders
- Food-a-palooza. With a name like that it almost doesn’t need a description. Participating restaurants offer up unique plates paired with a beverage such as wine, beer or cocktails.
- Live music a several town venues
- A 3 course progressive dinner starting at Evil Dave’s, progressing to Fiddle River, and finishing up at The Olive Bistro.
More good news: The sun has come back!
There’s a magic date at Marmot Basin - one that everyone anticipates after the dark months of early winter. It’s the day when the sun is finally able to peek its head over the crest of Marmot 2. What so great about that? It means the sun is finally back full-time.
While November, December and January are great months to ski and snowboard, we spend a fair chunk of the afternoon in the shadows. From around the 23 of January, Marmot Basin is happy to welcome the stage of winter when the mountain is back in full sun. And it’s not the weak sun of early winter. This later winter sun packs some heat. It’s a pretty nice feeling for skin that didn’t get a southern holiday for Christmas.
Enjoy one last weekend of Jasper in January
If the early spring, rain-affected mush of your town has you down, or if you want to get out and enjoy some great Canadian Rockies skiing and snowboarding, we recommend you hit the mountains. Last week’s rain fell as snow up here and it’s waiting for you.