Alberta’s Marmot Basin is fast approaching a record-breaking year for snow. While skimpy snow covers the ground in Edmonton, the Jasper National Park ski area has been piling up the snow. Edmonton skiers and riders can get discounted lift tickets to plunder the powder at Marmot.

By January’s end, Marmot Basin had recorded more than 12 feet of snowfall this winter. That 12 feet of snow represents a startling amount for Marmot — 93 percent of its annual average snowfall. Marmot’s annual average snowfall usually tallies around 400 centimeters or 13 feet.

Marmot’s higher elevation has produced snow rather than rain. Its base sits at 1,697 meters or 5,570 feet while its summit stretches up to 2,612 meters or 8,570 feet.

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Marmot is fast approaches a record year for snow. Photo by Freddy/Marmot Basin.

With current weather patterns, Marmot will no doubt surpass its annual average snowfall this February. The resort stays open until May 6, giving it three more months to garner snow. With typical spring snowfall, Marmot could exceed its all time snowfall record of 529 centimeters (17 feet) set in 1965.

Edmonton skiers and riders can get discounted tickets to ski Marmot Basin this year. The Marmot Express tickets are available for purchase at 11 Edmonton ski shops and AMA Travel Offices. The tickets are sold in Edmonton for 10 percent less than the ticket window, and they allow purchasers to go direct to the lift.

For a list of shops where Marmot Express tickets are sold, look here.