With its new snow train from Edmonton, mountain improvements in recent years, record snowfall this season, and timeless Jasper National Park scenery, more and more winter visitors are discovering Marmot Basin's virtues. Marmot's appeal also reaches into the pocketbook. Located 20 minutes outside the Jasper Townsite, lodging sees lower off-season rates in winter. But despite increased skiers and snowboarders, it's still one laid-back, crowd-free mountain. Nine lifts and 84 trails disperse skiers over 1,675 acres. With its varied terrain - double-blacks in Eagle East to the rolling fall-line cruiser Highway 16 - its appeal crosses broad ability levels. And with its big snows this winter, you can ski anywhere. In addition to this winter's chart-topping snows, the resort may set a new all time high in numbers of visitors for the season. "If we keep going at this rate, we'll surpass our average seasonal skier visits," says vice president of marketing Brian Rode, projecting 250,000 visits by season's end. As numbers attest, Marmot may be one of the best kept secrets of the Canadian Rockies.