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Marmot Basin in April

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Marmot Basin in April

Hi, we have booked to go skiing in marmot basin this April(1st - 15th) and was just wondering if someone could advise what the conditions are usually like then , i have been to jasper before twice but both time in january - obviously no shortage of snow then:-)

just want to put my mind at rest there will be snow or start planning other excursions for when we are there.

thanks in adavance:-)

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1. Re: Marmot Basin in April

Unfortunately, my weather-predicting crystal ball is in the shop for some repairs. ;) So far, most of western Canada, including Jasper, is not having a stellar year for snow (probably about average here in Jasper) - however, who can predict how much snow will fall in the next six weeks? That said, however, Marmot always stays open until the 3rd week of April, and they do have snow-making in the lower area where snow cover is more likely to be getting sparse, so conditions will be "ok" at the very least. In April you have the added advantage of longer days, more sun and warmer temperatures. (Bring sunscreen!)

As for other activities, early April is not a good time for hiking - trails in the valley bottom tend to be very icy (softening during the warm/above freezing afternoons then re-freezing overnight); you will need cleats. Some of the sunnier trails may be mainly clear of snow/ice, but early season hiking usually means either snow & ice - or mud.

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2. Re: Marmot Basin in April

thanks for this info:-)

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