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Marmot Basin
Town of Jasper from Eagle Ridge Quad Chair at Marmot Basin
Location: Jasper National Park
Nearest city: Jasper
Coordinates: 52°48′04″N 118°05′04″W / 52.80111°N 118.08444°W / 52.80111; -118.08444 (Marmot Basin)
Top elevation: 2,612 m (8,570 ft)
Base elevation: 1,697 m (5,568 ft)
Skiable area: 6.8 km²
Runs: 84
Longest run: 5.6 km
Lift system: 6 chairlifts, 1 T-bar
1 magic carpet
Snowfall: 400 cm/season (157 in./yr)
Snowmaking: lower area
Web site: Ski Marmot

Marmot Basin is an alpine ski area located in Alberta's Jasper National Park. It has offered a broad variety of basin and glade skiing since it first served enthusiasts in 1961[citation needed] with a single rope tow driven by a truck engine.

As of 2005, Marmot Basin operates 84 named runs on 3,000 vertical feet of drop, and has a lift capacity of close to 12,000 skiers per hour on nine lifts. With 30 percent novice runs, 30 percent intermediate runs, and 40 percent expert runs, Marmot Basin is well-balanced in the terrain it offers to skiers. The season runs from late November to late April on average, although it can open as early as mid-November and stay open as late as early May. Partly because of its distance from major Canadian cities such as Edmonton and Calgary, Marmot Basin is generally not as crowded as other major ski resorts farther south in Alberta and British Columbia.

As of 2009 Marmot Basin will have the longest high speed quad chair in the Canadian Rockies. The lift will whisk 2400 passengers per hour from the lower base area and unload them at the top of where the terminal of the Kiefer T-Bar was previously located. The lift will have an 800 horse power, top-drive engine and will operate at a design speed of 5.08 meters per second (1000 ft/min). The chairlift ride will last an estimated 7.5 minutes.Ski

Marmot Basin is located twenty minutes south of the town of Jasper, which provides for the needs of some three million visitors a year. Jasper National Park offers Rocky Mountain vistas, hiking and trail riding tours, whitewater rafting, and other year-round attractions.


Lift system

Lift Name Vertical Rise
Type Make Build Year
Canadian Rockies Express 1955' 596m High Speed Quad Leitner Poma 2009
Eagle Express 1050' 320m High Speed Quad Doppelmayr -
School House T-Bar 400' 121m T-Bar - -
Caribou Chair 650' 198m Double Chairlift - -
Paradise Chair 1020' 311m Triple Chairlift - -
Knob Chair 900' 270m Double Chairlift - -
Eagle Ridge Chair 1007' 307m Quad Chairlift Doppelmayr 2001
Magic Carpet - - Magic Carpet - 2004

Former Lifts

  • Tranquilizer Chair (Double Chair) - Removed 2009
  • Kiefer T-Bar (T-Bar) - Removed 2009

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