Snow may appear to blanket much of [R229R, Marmot Basin], but snowmaking will allow the resort to open this Friday. The only ski resort in Jasper National Park, Alberta is set to open Nov. 11, and local skiers and riders are anxious to hit the two new lifts.

Three lifts will be operating on opening day. But not the new Paradise high-speed quad. Even though the new lift is ready to roll, early season snow conditions mean that the resort can only operate those lifts that access runs supplemented by snowmaking. The Eagle Express will provide options for those with intermediate and advanced skills instead.

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Snowmaking will allow five runs to open for skiers and riders on opening day at Marmot. Photo by Becky Lomax.

The new School House chair is also ready to go for opening day. It will service beginners, along with the Magic Carpet.

Snowmaking and natural snow will allow for five runs to be available Friday for skiing and riding. The runs include Tranquilizer, Sleepy Hollow, Old Road, Bunny Hop and School House.

First chair is at 9 a.m. on Friday. The lodge, lift ticket office and rental shop open at 8 a.m.

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The lodge and mountain services will open Friday at Marmot. Photo by Becky Lomax.

The new Marmot Sales Centre opened in October in downtown Jasper adjacent to the new Tim Horton’s. The sales center sells lift tickets, rentals, lessons, season passes, clothing, accessories and high-performance demo skis. Skiers and riders can shorten their time in ticket, lesson and rental lines at the resort by arranging for their slope needs in advance. Rental gear will be waiting at the special reservations desk at the mountain when you arrive.

Marmot Basin will operate seven days per week after opening day. More lifts and more terrain will be added as snow conditions permit.

For more info on opening day, click here.