The town of Jasper, Alberta celebrates "Jasper In January" every year with snow sculpture contests, demo days, and fireworks. Marmot Basin joins in the festival by reducing lift ticket prices for two weeks, and lodging deals are available, too.

Jasper In January takes place Jan. 14-29, 2012. Activities this year center around the theme of Fire and Ice, and the festival plans to introduce a Yukigassen, an organized snowball fight competition on Jan. 27-28. The week includes family events at Marmot Basin, such as a Family Fun Race on Jan. 15 and a Scavenger Hunt Jan. 22. Other events throughout the festival include live music, restaurant and pub parties, a street festival, curling, hockey, snowshoeing, a polar bear dip, and the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk by daylight or headlamp at night.

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Maligne Canyon Ice Walks by daylight or headlamp are offered during the Jasper in January festival. Photo by Becky Lomax.

Ticket prices to ski or ride Marmot Basin during the festival are reduced. Adults can get on the slope for $58 instead of $76. Tickets for seniors, youth, and students are also reduced to $58 during the festival. Junior lift tickets remain at regular rates.

Rates for two- to five-day lift tickets are also reduced during Jasper In January. Depending on the number of days for the lift tickets, rates drop by $18-82 from regular rates.

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Marmot Basin surpassed half of its annual snowfall by the Christmas holidays. Photo courtesy of Marmot Basin.

Several of the Jasper lodging properties offer discounts during Jasper In January. Marmot Lodge runs a special Jan. 14-29, 2012, that includes accommodations, hot breakfast, and lift tickets for $122.50 per person per night.  The rate is based on a standard room and double occupancy. The lodge, which is located on the main street in Jasper, has an indoor heated pool, a sauna, and two hot tubs. Reservations are available by calling 888-8JASPER or 780-852-3394.

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