For those who haven’t skied Marmot Basin in recent years, you may have to plan another trip to the Alberta ski resort. The Jasper National Park resort now skis like a whole new mountain.
Over the past three years, the owners of Marmot Basin have reinvested $25 million into the resort. Most of the improvements focused on lift changes, which dramatically altered how skiers use the mountain without adding new terrain.
The upper mountain skis differently with the lift changes at Marmot Basin. Photo by Becky Lomax.
Two winters ago, the new Canadian Rockies Express started whisking skiers from the base area to the summit in seven minutes. That changed how skiers tackled the slopes.
The mountain used to be skied in parts — on the lower runs or on the upper runs, each section requiring a different lift. The old Kiefer T-bar on the top half of the mountain used to bisect the fall line, but with its removal skiers were able to drop at a different angle, which made some of the terrain more useable. In addition, the new high-speed lift added the ability for skiers to cycle through laps, chalking up nearly 2,000 feet of vertical at a shot.
The old Paradise Triple Lift moved to replace the School House T-bar, giving novices an easier ride up the slope. Photo by Becky Lomax.
For this winter, two more old lifts were removed — the old School House T-bar on the lower mountain and the old Paradise Triple Lift on the upper mountain. The triple lift scooted into the School House location, offering advanced beginners the ease of riding a chairlift rather than the T-bar.
A repositioned and lengthened high-speed Paradise Quad allows skiers to lap the upper mountain faster. Photo by Becky Lomax.
A new high-speed quad now services the top part of the mountain. Those who want to spin laps in the upper area can do so by hopping the new Paradise Quad for a 4.5-minute ride up 1,300 feet of vertical. The re-positioning of the lift line from the old Paradise Triple added a few more feet of vertical.
If you haven’t skied Marmot in the past few years, you may want to inch it up on your list, for it skis now like a whole new mountain. Marmot Basin stays open until early May. For lift ticket and lodging packages, go here.