Marmot Basin in Alberta, Canada is in the latter category. In fact, the Jasper ski area has now received 502cm (16.5 feet) of total snowfall for the season which is 25% more than its total annual average. Marmot Basin only needs to receive another 40cm (16 inches) of snow to break the previous snowfall record of 542cm (18 feet) set in the 1998/99 season and it still has nearly two months of the ski season left to go - as it's open until May 6th. Over 90cm (three feet) of new snow has fallen in the past 10 days.

"Not only has the abundant snowfall created ideal conditions for skiers and snowboarders, it has also ensured that Marmot Basin will have superb spring skiing conditions right through to May 6th," said Brian Rode, Marmot's VP of Marketing and Sales.

"We had planned on remaining open until May 6th as it was and now we are very confident that conditions will be perfect for late season skiers. If your preference is finely groomed runs rather than knee deep powder Marmot's got it all."

"Our grooming crew is out every night packing down as many runs as they can so people can choose whether to play in the powder or cruise the machine groomed runs," added Rode.

Marmot Basin is located in Jasper, National Park, Alberta Canada and has 1675 acres of skiable terrain, 86 runs and seven ski lifts including three high speed quad chairs including the Canadian Rockies Express, the longest high speed quad chair in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.