Jasper Kicks-off a Milestone Year with the Launch of Marmot Basin's 50th Ski Season

November 05, 2013
by Tourism Jasper

Jasper is officially getting into the party spirit and raising a toast to what promises to be its most exciting year – 2013/2014 will see the Canadian Rockies outdoor playground mark a mountain of milestones and anniversaries with a series of ‘Jasper-style’ celebrations.
 
The fun festivities commence with the launch of the 50th season of Jasper’s award-winning ski destination, Marmot Basin on November 8, 2013. A firm-favourite amongst ski and snowboard enthusiasts and renowned as one of the least crowded ski areas of its kind in North America, Marmot Basin will be taking its celebrations and anniversary events to the slopes, remembering the last fifty years of mountain magic.
 
Established in 1964, Marmot Basin is now hardly recognizable from its early beginnings. Since the days when Parks Canada first allowed the development of the ski hill and the ‘Yellow’ T-bar was installed, Marmot Basin’s 1,675 acres of superior ski terrain covered in the finest Rocky Mountains’ powder snow, has become a first choice for generations of snow-seekers - year after year.
 
As well as celebrating fifty years of skiing at Marmot Basin, 2014 will also see Jasper’s favourite winter occasion, the ‘Jasper in January Festival’, mark its twenty fifth year. The Canadian Rockies’ hottest winter Festival showcases the very best of a white Jasper wonderland - think snow sculpting, skating, a winter pentathlon, live music, wine tastings, and even a polar bear dip! Taking place over three weekends from January 17 – February 2, the Festival will celebrate during many of its must-see events, including the Street Party, the Walk of Lights and the ever-popular Fireworks Show.
 
Jasper is welcoming local Jasperites and visitors alike to join in the celebrations, with a host of signature events and festivities planned throughout the ‘Jasper Celebrates’ winter season.
 
Mary Darling, CEO, Tourism Jasper, comments: “This is a unique time for Jasper as we approach a truly historic year of anniversaries. The many milestones we are marking throughout the 2013 – 2014 season is giving Jasper and the many visitors it welcomes, the perfect excuse to recall their own Jasper memories and celebrate these different experiences with us. We’re very excited to start this party!”

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