Winter Activities

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

 

Maligne Canyon Ice Walks

Located in the rugged landscape of Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Marmot Basin is as unpretentious as it is pristine. 

Overlooking a breathtaking view of Jasper and surrounding areas, Marmot Basin's 1,675 acres, 86 runs and 3,000 vertical feet of varied terrain make up for a world class skiing facility, with the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski areas. 

Marmot's trails comprise easy, intermediate and advanced runs, making this an ideal destination for skiers and boarders of all abilities.

Sawridge Inn Jasper offers many ski and snowboard packages.

  • Visit Marmot Basin for more information on this world class facility
 

Maligne Canyon is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, named for its mysterious and haunting environment. 

The guided ice walks allow for anyone to strap on anti-slip cleats for an unsurpassed winter ice-walk adventure along the frozen canyon. Explore ice fossils and towering frozen waterfalls stretching over 30 metres up the canyon walls. 

For an even more tantalizing experience, take a tour of Maligne Canyon at night. Equipped with a headlamp, the illumination of the limestone and the constantly shifting ice formations create an otherworldly effect. 

Sawridge Inn Jasper recommends the following tour operators for a guided hike of the canyon:

     

Ice Skating

 

Cross Country Skiing

You would be hard pressed to find anything more Canadian than skating on a frozen Rocky Mountain lake? 

Natural ice conditions can vary so be sure that the ice on the water body you opt to skate on is at least 6 inches / 15cm thick. Skate rentals are available in Jasper.

Popular places to skate include:
Lac Beauvert - Lake Mildred - Pyramid Lake
All three locations are only a few minutes drive from the Sawridge Inn Jasper

 

Jasper abounds with beautiful cross country ski trails, which take you through scenic valleys, vast frozen lakes and unsurpassed mountain scenery. 

Cross-country ski and ski rental information is available at the Parks Canada Information Centre and at local ski shops.

Recommended Ski Trails:
Whistlers Campground - Maligne Lake - Athabasca Falls / Whirlpool Valley - the Pyramid Bench

     

Snowshoeing

 

 

Jasper National Park offers plenty of room for this increasingly popular winter activity.. Marshy areas, like that found on the Pyramid Bench, are the best places to snowshoe. 

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge golf course provides a level area for beginners. The Maligne Lake area, with its abundant snowfall, offers a premium snowshoeing environment. Snowshoeing on the lake itself is not recommended. 

Snowshoes can be rented at a number of outdoor shops within Jasper. The Park information centre located in the heart of town can supply you with maps, trail information, and updates on current conditions. 

Hiring a professional tour guide can enhance your experience as you gain access to some of the park's best locations.