If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave your students with wonderful, lasting memories, book a school ski trip to Jasper. Jasper ski resort is located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Jasper National Park, Alberta, in the heart of the Rockies. Skiing here is a magical experience, not only because the beauty of the mountain scenery is awe-inspiring, but because the slopes are simply a pleasure to ski. Jasper offers more than just ski… the town will keep you entertained off-piste too.
With just a 20 minute shuttle journey transferring you from Jasper to the slopes of the Marmot Basin, students will be immediately welcomed to 100kms of skiable terrain. Groups love the variety of slopes on offer and, with the ski schools fantastic reputation, there are plenty of instructors willing to guide you on the best trails and coffee shops.
Beginners will have plenty of variety with over 25kms of gentle meandering runs whilst intermediates will enjoy a wealth of bigger inclines further up the pine-flanked slopes. As with most Canadian resorts, snowboarders are well-catered for and, as with the ski runs, they’ll find gradients split evenly between: easy, intermediate and advanced.
Resort Height 5,570ft
Vertical Drop 3,000ft
No. of Lifts 8
No. of Runs 86
Easy Runs 30%
Medium Runs 30%
Difficult Runs 40%
Acres of Piste 696ha
Longest Run 5,6km
Average Snowfall 160 inches
Coach Transfer Time 5hrs from Calgary Flight time 9hrs
Château Jasper ****
As the aptly named Château Jasper can be found right in the heart of town it’s an ideal venue for school parties wishing to ski the Marmot Basin and definitely ticks all the right boxes when it comes to in-house facilities. The rooms are usually allocated on a four occupant basis sharing two double beds. Outside of the en-suite guest rooms you’ll discover a heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool tub providing plenty of respite for aching limbs after a long day of skiing. With a fitness centre on hand in case muscles require a further work out.
As Château Jasper also has a good selection of public space it’s easy to organise evening activities or meetings with an award-winning grill restaurant and lounge area offering further options for getting together away from the slopes. With WiFi access in all guest rooms and internet terminals in the lobby there’s no excuses not to keep in touch with interested parties back home with Jasper après ski always providing plenty of topics of conversation.
- 119 en-suite guest rooms suitable for 2 – 4 people sharing beds
- Award-winning fine dining restaurant: the Silverwater Grill and Lounge
- Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool tub
- Fitness centre and meeting areas
- Wi-Fi access throughout and internet terminals in lobby
- Complimentary shuttle bus to Marmot ski area
- Loads of après ski options right on your doorstep
Lobstick Lodge ****
Lobstick Lodge offers school parties an excellent base from where to enjoy the Marmot Basin. Accommodation is spacious and comfortable with close to 140 rooms providing students with one or two beds to share on a two to four occupant basis. All en-suite bedrooms have private facilities with plenty to do, all provided in-house. An indoor swimming pool, three outdoor hot tubs, a fitness centre and a sauna always make for a warm welcome home from the slopes with complimentary internet terminals enabling students to tell their friends and family all about it. The on-site Country Inn restaurant ensures all guests are treated to a healthy dose of Canadian hospitality with the lounge bar offering a laid back venue for Party Leaders and students to kick back and relax. As the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus to the ski slopes of Jasper, working up an appetite is never in doubt and once energy levels have been revived there’s plenty of après ski action just along the track.
- Modern looking lodge with good choice of amenities
- 139 en-suite guest rooms suitable for 2 – 4 people sharing beds
- Guest rooms include telephone and cable TV
- Dining area and lounge with open fireplace in reception
- Indoor pool, 3 outdoor hot tubs and a sauna
- Fitness centre and laundry facilities on-site
- Free high-speed internet terminals
- Complimentary ski shuttle bus with slopes around 6 miles away