Jasper in January

  2016-01-15 at 13:53 pm

By Jane Marshall

 January 14-31, 2016

Locals and travellers embrace winter in the mountains.

Christmas is over. The tree’s been taken down. It’s cold, and it’s winter. And it’s the perfect time to go to Jasper.

True, January might seem less than celebratory, but for the past 27 years it’s proven to be the best time to party mountain style. It all started at Marmot Basin when the Jasper ski hill was celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

Brian Rode, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Marmot Basin, explains that “27 years ago Marmot rallied together with the community to offer guests great hotel rates and extracurricular activities around Jasper. People came out in droves. It was a massive success.” And it’s been going strong ever since.

Last year over 23,000 skiers visited Marmot Basin during this beloved festival. It’s become a way for locals and travellers to connect in the great outdoors during the short days and long nights of winter.

Come out of hibernation and connect with the natural world and those who love it.

Jennifer Heil Wants You to Go

Former Olympian freestyle mogul skier Jennifer Heil wants people to experience this winter festival and the frozen beauty of Jasper in January. She’s given the event her official endorsement. In a press release she says, “I always anticipated the month of January as a kid. It meant the annual family road trip to ski the slopes of Marmot Basin by day, followed by evenings of food, music and entertainment. I will always return to the mountain I grew up on.”

This year’s festival is themed around three weekends of:

Week 1: Adventure

“There’s dogsledding, snowshoeing, fat biking and sleigh rides at Pyramid Lake, and of course riding at Marmot Basin,” says Nancy Gordy, Media and Public Relations Specialist for Tourism Jasper.

Week 2: Appetites

Go on a culinary crawl to experience Jasper’s local flavours. “People may not associate Jasper with food, but we have a lot to offer,” Nancy explains. Play bartender during Mixology 101 at Evil Dave’s Grill, or enter the chili cook-off. On January 22nd join Mountain Park Lodge’s chef for Wine in Winter at Chateau Jasper where wine from around the globe will be showcased.

Week 3: Arts

Arts on Ice kicks off on January 29th at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge with Just for Laughs comedian Jeremy Hotz. “It’s a good way to warm up with some laughter,” Nancy jokes. Get hands on and carve a soapstone bear with artist Allan Waidman or take an acrylics portrait class with artist in residence John Webster.

Yogis and yoginis will be flexing and opening at the Fairmont for the Lole Wellness Weekend. Participants will experience three styles of yoga, raw chocolate, and mountain bliss. Pull on your toque and head to Jasper! 


By Jane Marshall