Marmot Basin#9 in Best Things To Do in Jasper National Park
Marmot Basin has transformed from a small cross-country skiing stopover in the 1920s to a full-blown mountain for skiers and snowboarders with 91 runs and seven chairlifts. Most of the runs are classified as either intermediate, advanced or expert, but 30 percent are suitable for novice skiers. The mountain also includes a small terrain park, as well as an expansive backcountry, for the most adventurous skiers. Additional on-site amenities include three eateries for after you've worked up an appetite, plus a store in case you need last-minute gear.
Past visitors appreciated the variety of runs, which appeal to skiers with different levels of experience. A number of them also suggest trying to find a discount to offset the pricey lift passes, as the mountain offers different deals based on the season and through its Marmot Escape Card program. The Marmot Escape Card costs a one-time fee of CA$79 and includes perks like half-price full-day lift tickets and 20 percent off youth tickets, as well as discounts on food, spa visits, accommodations and the Jasper SkyTram.
The mountain is about 14 miles south of downtown Jasper, located off of Highway 93A, which is a spur of Icefields Parkway. Parking is available on-site. Visitors can ski from around November to May, and the mountain experiences an average of more than 177 inches of snow annually. The lifts run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, while the resort facilities are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Full day passes are CA$102 (about $76) for adults, CA$82 (about $61) for youth ages 13 to 17, students ages 18 to 24 and seniors age 65 to 79, CA$36.50 (about $27) for kids age 6 to 12, free for kids age 5 and younger. Additional discounts are available for half-day passes and multiday passes. For information about the mountain, tickets, lessons and more, be sure to check out Marmot Basin's website.
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#1 Maligne Lake
The second-largest glacier-fed lake in the world, Maligne Lake enchants travelers with its brilliant turquoise waters and stunning skylines. Anyone who wants to trek to Maligne Lake should take the time to visit the lake's Spirit Island as well, which is one of the most famous views of the Canadian Rockies in the world. The lake sits east of the Icefields Parkway in the southern portion of the park, and travelers can access the area with their own car, in an excursion bus or even as part of a motorcycle tour. (To book a motorcycle tour, check out the Jasper Motorcycle Tours website.) Once at the lake, visitors can take advantage of a variety of tours and excursions, or just explore the area independently.
Past visitors recommended bringing a camera to capture photos of the beautiful scenery – many note there are numerous photo opportunities. However, recent travelers also warned that both the cruise and nonmotorized watercraft rentals come at a steep price.
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