With 86 runs, two terrain parks, and 7 lifts, Marmot Basin is a decently-sized resort. A solid all-rounder with 3,000 vertical feet across 1,675 acres of terrain in the heart of the Canadian Rockies’ biggest national park, it goes without saying that the mountain views from the slopes are exceptional.
Marmot’s also really well geared for kids. All the instructors are trained to work with children, and for 4 and 5 year olds there’s Little Rascals Nursery: You get to spend the day riding the powder stashes at Eagles East and Caribou Knoll; the little ones get supervised nursery care, a couple of ski lessons, and lunch with their new friends. Teens will probably want to take the Terrain Park intro where they’ll learn the foundations and basic moves with pro freestyle instructors.
20 minutes away is Jasper, a sweet little mountain town which prides itself on being the kind of place that doesn’t have a Starbucks or McDonald’s. The local Legion is the social hub, with great bands playing nearly every weekend. The Athabasca Hotel (locally known as the Atha-B) is an another solid late night hub, and their breakfasts — especially the eggs Benedict — is excellent.
For properly good sushi — not just tourist town good sushi — head to Oka at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, an excellent one-man operation run by Chef Tatsuhiko Okaki.
Day pass: $89.95; $67.50 from January 14 – 29, though check the website as prices are subject to change.