Jasper jumps into action

17th November 2005, by Chris Gill

Mountain crews at Canada’s Jasper resort jumped into action this week as heavy snowfalls continued across the Alberta region.

Jasper’s Marmot Basin has received in excess of 35cm of new snow this week and crews are working hard to prepare the mountain for its opening day on 25 November.  With the snow compacted to 40cm at mid-mountain and significantly more at higher levels, the resort is confident conditions will provide a good base for the forthcoming season.  “The snow that fell was very wet and heavy and is exactly what we need this time of the season to form a quality snow base,”  reported Brian Rode, Marmot’s Vice President of Marketing.

The resort has not been able to implement its planned extension to existing snowmaking facilities in time for the 2005/06 season (part of a long-term improvement plan with Parks Canada), although Parks President, Dave Gibson, is confident that it will be going next season. However, a new snow cat has joined the Marmot troop to ensure perfectly groomed trails.

Other developments at Marmot Basin include the renovation of the Paradise Chalet and its cafeteria, and additional shuttle buses on the Jasper-Marmot circuit.

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