The new Canadian Rockies Express Card debuted in Jasper this winter. The card, available through Jasper Tourism and Commerce, offers discounts on lift tickets at [R229R, Marmot Basin] as well as lodging and restaurants in the Jasper area.

The card, which costs $20 CAD to purchase, is available to anyone, including those planning to visit the Jasper area. It grants cardholders discounts of $30 per room per night at participating hotels, $10 off lift tickets at Marmot Basin, and 15 percent off at participating restaurants and retail shops.

More than 12 Jasper hotels and 10 restaurants offer discounts to cardholders. Cardholders can get discounts on dogsledding and icewalk tours, too.

Jasper Tourism and Commerce is also offering a contest for a midweek ski getaway. You can enter the drawing online. The winner receives two nights' accommodation, two days of lift passes for two people at Marmot Basin, and two Canadian Rockies Express Cards.

Purchase the Canadian Rockies Express Card online or in Edmonton area shops. Those planning to use the card on a Marmot ski vacation this spring should order the card in time to allow for two weeks for delivery. The card is valid for use through April 30, 2010.

More information. Or call 800-473-8135.