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Jasper Introduction

Jasper, at an altitude of a little over one thousand metres in Alberta Canada, is one of the best powder areas for skiing and boarding. The ski area near to the town is called the Marmot Basin and provides excellent skiing for all levels of ability. Jasper has good snowfall and because of the dry air and the lack of crowds, the soft fluffy snow remains in almost pristine condition. With over two hundred kilometres of piste and one snow park the runs are never overcrowded. A total of nine lifts gives quick and easy access to the slopes. . The ski schools of Jasper offer excellent tuition from the age of six and there is also childcare provision.

Jasper has a good range of hotels and apartments to suit most budgets. Its restaurants serving a variety of food include international cuisine and fast food, cater for most tastes and pockets, while pubs and bars provide relaxing evenings. Jasper also offers a range of recreational activities.

Skiing is in the Jasper National Park, a beautiful area with aplenty of wildlife. It is common to see elk, moose, deer, mountain goats and even the occasional bear. Remember that these are completely wild and can be dangerous if they feel threatened.

Why Go To Jasper?

Surrounded by snowy peaks in the National Park, Jasper offers great skiing conditions in a stunning landscape. It is a homely, family friendly resort that welcomes visitors with a warm hospitality and offers a range of recreational activities as well as a relaxing après ski scene.

A Jasper ski holiday is popular with a wide range of skiers, including families, as the slopes accommodate all levels of ability from novices to experts.

When To Go To Jasper

The Jasper ski season lasts from early December until the middle of April. It is also popular in the summer with walkers, climbers and mountain bikers.

Jasper - The Place

Jasper is a popular resort high in Alberta in the Eastern Rockies. Its ski area is the Marmot Basin which has a reputation for some of the best powder areas in North America. The slopes in this large area are never overcrowded and this, combined with the climate keeps the snow dry and light providing excellent conditions for all levels of expertise. Beginners have a great choice of nursery slopes as there is suitable terrain by all of the lifts. Sleepy Hollow and Bunny Hop are particularly good for gaining confidence on the slopes. Intermediate skiers can experience many kilometres of wide slopes and open bowls in the twenty six runs dedicated to their ability level. Advanced skiers, skiing at a higher altitude, will find challenging runs and mogul fields both on and off-piste. Cross country skiers have over one hundred and thirty kilometres of trails. There is excellent free riding terrain for boarders as well as a snow park with jumps and rails. A free ski bus is available from the town to the skiing area where lifts give quick and easy access to the slopes.

Jasper has a selection of good accommodation to suit most budgets, restaurants catering for most tastes, shops providing for all your holiday needs and bars and a club providing evening entertainment.

To complete your holiday satisfaction Jasper offers a variety of recreational activities including swimming, ice skating, walking, keep fit and skidooing. One walk that comes highly recommended is the Maligne Canyon walk, where you walk up frozen rivers to a gorge full of stunning ice waterfalls and caves. A Jasper ski holiday is one you will remember for all the right reasons.

Jasper Nightlife

Jasper nightlife is fairly low-key with a small number of bars and one club providing relaxing evenings. Many of the larger hotels have their own entertainment. While some of the bars and the club are lively venues, Jasper is not noted for its party atmosphere.

Jasper Shopping

Jasper has a good variety of shops supplying all your holiday needs as well as gifts and souvenirs.

Jasper Eating

Jasper has approximately thirty restaurants where a variety of food is served. There as those serving traditional dishes as well as international cuisine including, Chinese, Italian and French. There are also fast food outlets.