Contributor Jeremy Allen went on a journey with SnowSeekers in search of a deluxe snowboard vacation in the Canadian Rockies, and a lux experience at Marmot Basin he got. Words and photos by Jeremy in collaboration with SnowSeekers.
The search began with a list of ingredients. If it was going to be a luxury boarding experience it needed to be tackled right. The shopping list included: towering rocky mountains, a resort with minimal lines, champagne powder, cushy accommodations and plenty of good vibes.
LUXURY LIVING, JASPER PARK LODGE
Jasper Park Lodge is not an average hotel, it’s a snowboarders dream resort. The luxurious lodge boasts a long list of non-snowboarding activities including ice hockey, fat biking, astrology, a bragable spa, multiple restaurants – but let’s be real, we were there to snowboard first and foremost. Not a problem because it’s conveniently located a short jaunt from the nearby Marmot Basin.
Staying at the lodge we spent our first evening under the stars at nerding out at the Jasper Planetarium. It was a good way to get the lay of the land at night – sounds odd, but trust me, it was rad. After we welcomed with freshly made in house pretzels, beers and a warm room to sleep in. It’s hard to wake up on the wrong side of the bed at this palace.
LUXURY BOARDING, MARMOT BASIN
I lucked out the next day and got to ride with local shredder – Ryan Antony. A local and big fan of the endless supply of Marmot Basin’s untouched powder Ryan let us in on the stashes and toured us around his backyard. It wasn’t busy. The snow was insanely light. The atmosphere was chill. The stoke was high. It was everything I could have asked for and more.
Marmot’s base sits at 1700 meters above sea level, which makes it the highest ski base elevation of any major ski resort in Canada – not a bad claim to fame. Having less traffic than it’s neighboring resorts makes Marmot feel like a secret you’ve been lucky to be let in on.
Ryan led the charge boosting off every side hit in sight, carving around trees, and finding the untouched stashes of powder. He was the perfect leader for this Marmot Basin virgin to follow around, although I don’t know if this place could do you wrong.
The base town of Jasper Alberta is quiet in the winter, which means you won’t have to share the slopes with many. The famous Rockies in Alberta are home to some gnarly (in the good way) terrain that isn’t talked about much, which was our win – the pow lasts longer this way.
LUX LINES AT MARMOT BASIN WITH RYAN ANTONY
“It offers a good mix of terrain that lets you build up the confidence and skill that allows you to get sendy. Everything from wide-open runs, gladed trees, cliffs, jumps, and rails.”
“The Eagle Ridge chair offers drop-ins to expert terrain – “Eagles East.” This zone is not always open, but when the snow is good, it is twice as good there due to the steep nature of the bowl!”
“Tres Hombres offers an amazing zone that leads right back to the parking lot, a perfect zone for the last lap of the day.”
“If you’re looking for backcountry and big lines, the Knob Chair paired with some hiking brings you to a whole new world!”
GOOD VIBES, JASPER AB
After board’n, we went back to the Jasper Park Lodge for the apres-ski ritual and a well earned hot tub session. Steaming views of the Canadian Rockies were a treat for the eyes and the waters a treat for my muscles.
What makes the perfect “deluxe” vacation? No lift lines, no crowds, getting to meet locals, and enjoy the awe-inspiring views that Jasper and Marmot have to offer – from both the tub and the chairlift.
According to our friends at SnowSeekers, the terrain at Marmot Basin is “Tres, Tres, Tres Massive.“