Welcome to Jasper, Alberta, Canada, the little town in the very big Jasper National Park. A quiet spot in the very heart of the Canadian Rockies, the little resort town of Jasper Alberta is a favourite spot to all who experience it.
Jasper National Park is also home to Marmot Basin ski area, which at its peak provides breath taking views over the area.
Where to stay in Jasper
There is no accommodation on Marmot Basin itself, so visitors must stay in Jasper and make the 20-minute trip up the mountain on ski days. This does make it less popular than some of the neighbouring ski resorts in Alberta, which can be a great thing. Aussies and Kiwi’s are used to driving to the snow (like when you stay in Queenstown or Jindabyne), so it just depends on what type of ski holiday you want to have.
Jasper has predominantly 3-star hotels and lodges, but for those that want something a little special you also have the option to stay at luxury Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. It is also popular for vistors to stay in Jasper in addition to spending time in Banff or Lake Louise.
Skiing & Snowboarding Marmot Basin
Marmot Basin is located a short 20kms drive from Jasper and has a variety of terrain with about 90 marked runs which are split evenly to suit all ability levels. The resort is also very affordable, so the combination of evenly split terrain and price-point make it an ideal ski destination for the whole family.
Home to the speedy Canadian Rockies Express Quad Chair, which takes you to the top in no time at all. Marmot also offers spectacular views from The Eagle Ridge and the Knob Chair.
Getting around in Jasper
Car hire is always a popular way to travel around Jasper and the perfect way to explore the surrounding area. Greyhound coaches, public buses and shuttle transport are also on hand.
Top things to do in Jasper in Winter
Recreational opportunities in Jasper National Park, are vast and beautiful with the wilderness offering more than 10,900 square kilometres of space perfect for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing, excellent wildlife watching, and superb rafting and canoeing. Jasper also offers an array of your favourite winter activities including ice skating, dog sled tours and snow shoeing.
We highly recommend venturing to The Icefields Parkway which is positioned between Lake Louise and Jasper, take a stroll amongst the stalactite and stalagmites, and stop to marvel at dramatically beautiful frozen waterfalls. This adventure alone is worth the trip to Jasper.
Dining & Après in Jasper
Best Après in Jasper:
Jasper isn't a huge destination for aès, but there are a few cruisy bars to have a drink after a day in the great outdoors.
Best Restaurants in Jasper:
For a casual meal head to Jasper Brewing Co, they have great burgers, even better beers, and sweet vibes. If you like Japanese, a trip to Sayuri Japanese Restaurant will not disppoint.
While in Jasper, we highly recommend ‘The downtown foodie tour’ which is a mini pub/restaurant crawl with amazing food and will be a highlight of your trip.