At 1,700 metres, Marmot boasts the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski resorts meaning it often gets large amounts of snow when it is raining lower down in the Athabasca Valley and the town of Jasper. That was exactly the case today when a mix of rain and snow fell on the valley floor while heaps of wet, white snow fell on the mountain slopes.

Last winter Marmot opened on November 11, its earliest opening date ever, with ideal snow conditions. So far this fall is shaping up to deliver a repeat performance of last year's early season snowfalls which helped contribute to Marmot's record setting year for attendance. "I think this snow is here to stay", predicted an optimistic Brian Rode, Marmot's VP of Marketing and Sales. "We may still get some warm weather, but given that it's nearing the end of September, I am quite sure this is the beginning of a very good base layer", added Rode.

Marmot Basin is once again targeting November 11 as the opening day of the season.