Jasper National Park's Marmot Basin Leads Canadian Ski Areas with Deepest Snow Base
by Marmot Basin
While shoppers take advantage of Black Friday savings, skiers and snowboarders in Jasper are celebrating White Friday at Marmot Basin. After receiving over 80 cm of new snow this past week, Marmot Basin leads the pack with a settled snow pack at mid-mountain of 104 cm, the deepest snow base of all Canadian ski resorts.
Mountain crews were digging out ski lifts and doorways to chalets this morning after 55 cm of snow fell overnight on top of the 21 cm that fell the day before. In the past five days, 82 cm of snow has fallen at the Jasper ski area. To put that in perspective, the 30 year average snowfall for Edmonton for the entire winter is 124 cm. “I can’t recall the last time we had over a metre of settled snowpack in November”, commented Marmot’s Brian Rode. “We had to delay our opening by a couple of hours this morning so that mountain crews could dig out lifts and fences and ensure the area was safe from any avalanche risk”, added Rode. Marmot Basin President, Dave Gibson, came to the mountain today on his scheduled day off to get in a few runs himself. After returning to his office sporting a snow eating grin he bellowed out for all to hear, “that was the best heli-skiing like conditions in a National Park ever”!
Marmot Basin currently has 6 of its 7 lifts open with the Knob Chair expected to open soon. There is now ample snow to open the Knob however, the challenge is to get a snow groomer to the top to build the cat track, erect all the required fencing, and conduct avalanche safety protocols. Once completed, the Knob will open to the public.
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