It’s early November and there’s snow on the ground at Jasper’s ski resort, Marmot Basin. A quick look at their webcams shows plenty of white stuff, with 30cm having fallen as of November 4th, and you can be sure that skiers and snowboarders are chomping at the bit to get their first turns of the season.
Luckily the wait is almost over, as the opening day for skiing in Jasper Alberta may just be a couple of weeks away.
Marmot Basin ski resort has a tentative opening day of November 15 2013 for the 2013-2014 ski season. This opening date is subject to snow conditions and it is recommended that you confirm the date directly with Marmot Basin before heading up the mountain.
With season passes already on sale, it’s certainly not too early to get excited about skiing and snowboarding again!
With Jasper’s 2013-2014 ski season already underway, now is a good time to start thinking about a skiing or snowboarding trip to Jasper Alberta. Several hotels in Jasper have put together some attractive ski and stay packages to give you the best value for money when combining your Jasper hotel with lift tickets for Marmot Basin ski resort.
Here are some of the best Jasper ski deals we could find:
Cheap Room Only Deals
If you already have a ski pass, or perhaps you would like to leave your ski plans open, you may prefer to get a hotel on a room only basis rather than a ski and hotel package. For many dates throughout the winter, rooms at some Jasper hotels can be found for as low as $90 per night.
To check room-only rates and availability click here.
Ski & Hotel Packages
Mount Robson Inn has ski packages available for the 2013-14 winter season which include 1 or 2 nights of accommodations with daily breakfast plus ski passes. Rates vary depending on dates and length of stay, for example the early season one night deal from November 8 to December 20 2013 starts at $266 for 2 adults, and includes lunch. The Jasper in January rate from January 17 to February 2 starts at $463.00 for 2 adults for 2 nights, and the regular season rate from February 3 to April 18 starts at $548.00 for 2 adults for 2 nights. All rates are based on double occupancy in a standard room and are subject to taxes.
Early Season Ski & Stay
One of our favourite early season ski packages in Jasper is at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge which includes free ski passes for Marmot Basin with your hotel room. The Start of Season Ski for Free package includes 1 free day of skiing (2 lift tickets) for a 2 night stay, 2 free days of skiing (4 lift tickets) for a 3 night stay and 3 free days of skiing (6 lift tickets) for a 4 night stay. Daily breakfast and transportation to and from the ski hill is also included.
The offer is valid for a minimum 2 night stay from the opening day of Marmot Basin, November 15 2013 until December 22 2013, with rates starting at $269 per room per night. Click here for more information.
For early season skiing and riding, the Scrooge Ski Package at Marmot Lodge is valid from November 15 2013 to December 19 2013 and includes 1 night’s lodging including breakfast, a lift pass for Marmot Basin, plus lunch at Marmot Basin. Rates start at $133 per person per night.
*The above rates are generally based on double occupancy, and are subject to availability, subject to applicable taxes, subject to change, and certain date restrictions may apply. To confirm full details and for reservations, please visit the Jasper hotel websites using the links provided.
For more great skiing in the Canadian Rockies, be sure to check out the Banff ski packages at BanffHotels.org featuring hotel and lift ticket deals in the Banff and Lake Louise area.
Jasper is a wonderful place to spend the 2013 Christmas holidays. The warm hospitality of the town combined with the snow covered mountain peaks, and abundance of winter activities make Jasper Alberta the ideal destination for a Christmas vacation.
Room Reservations for the Holidays
If you are planning to spend Christmas in Jasper, it is best to make your hotel reservations as early as possible while there are still rooms available at this busy time. Most Jasper hotels do not have special Christmas packages as such but are sure to have a fun festive atmosphere and will generally offer Christmas dinner in the hotel restaurant.
To check availability during the Xmas period and compare rates at several hotels in Jasper, click here.
For anyone searching for specific Jasper Christmas packages, or options for Christmas dinner, the holiday offerings at the following accommodations are sure to see you and your family celebrate Christmas in style:
Jasper’s luxury hotel, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, is always a special place to spend the Christmas period with a whole host of fun and festive activities and events throughout the Holidays, such as skating with the elves, Xmas carols, Holiday bingo, and Christmas cookie baking.
Holiday dining at the JPL is also hard to beat with several options for celebrating in style.
To check room rates & availibility click here.
Chateau Jasper is offering a Christmas dinner buffet in the Silverwater Grill & Lounge on December 25 2013 which includes a variety of salads, cured meats, smoked seafood, traditional Tom turkey, honey dijon ham, pecan & chorizo stuffing, roasted winter squashes, red & sweet potato terrine, fresh vegetables, topped off with the Chef’s Dessert Table which includes pumpkin pie and warm caramel bread pudding, plus coffee or tea. The cost of the buffet is $29 for adults and $10 for children 6-12 years.
To check room rates & availibility click here.
Marmot Lodge is serving Christmas dinner in Embers Steakhouse on Christmas Eve December 24 and Christmas Day December 25, costing $28. Start with a mushroom & chili soup, or organic greens and garden vegetables, followed by an entree of turkey and wild mushroom in puff pastry with gravy and cranberry sauce and a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
To check room rates & availibility click here.
Lobstick Lodge has a dinner buffet on Christmas Day December 25th which features a selection of salads, carved roast turkey with herb stuffing and gravy, BBQ chicken, oven baked salmon, maple roasted sweet potatoes and vegetables. The dessert table includes pumpkin pie, berry tarts, fresh fruit and cookies. The cost is $29 for adults and $10 for kids 6-12 years.
To check room rates & availibility click here.
Pyramid Lake Resort is featuring a Christmas dinner for $42 on December 24 and 25 with a choice of shaved fennel and citrus salad or sweet yam and parsnip apple bisque to start, followed by blackened beef tenderloin with gorgonzola or peppercorn dusted arctic char as the main course and sweet potato pie or yule log for dessert.
The Sawridge Inn is offering a 2 day Xmas Package on December 24 & 25 2013 which includes 2 nights accommodations with a hearty buffet breakfast each morning, a buffet dinner on Christmas Eve December 24th and a traditional Christmas dinner buffet on Christmas Day December 25th. The Christmas Day dinner buffet will include delectable items such as Roast Turkey, Alberta Striploin, and a Chocolate Fountain. There will also be some festive family events taking place such as gingerbread house building, movie night, roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate. Rates start at $273 per adult per package.
As well as the Christmas events organized by individual hotels, there are many ways to spend your days in Jasper during the Yuletide period. The more active visitors will enjoy activities such as skiing & snowboarding at Jasper’s ski resort, Marmot Basin, or dog sledding near Valemount, while a more relaxing time can be had cross country skiing or simply visiting the quaint cafes and interesting stores of downtown Jasper.
No matter where you stay or how you spend your time, Christmas in the winter wonderland of Jasper National Park is sure to be a memorable experience for all.
*The above hotel rates are generally based on double occupancy, and are subject to availability, subject to applicable taxes, subject to change without notice. To confirm full details and for reservations, please use the links provided.
**The rates shown for Christmas dinner do not include tax and gratuity.
Family Day Weekend 2014 is quickly approaching, and as usual the long weekend is sure to be a busy one in Jasper Alberta. At the time of writing there is still availability at most accommodations in Jasper for the nights of February 14 and February 16 2014, however availability is limited for the night of Saturday February 15. It is strongly recommended to book your lodging as soon as possible, as most Jasper hotels are likely to fill up at this busy time.
To check rates and availability at several hotels in Jasper, click here.
If you are looking for a special package at a Jasper hotel for Family Day Weekend, you should take a look at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, where you can find a Family Day Weekend Package which includes accommodation and a full program of “Monsters Inc” themed family activities, including parties, movies and lots of fun for the kids. The Family Day Weekend Package is valid from Feb 14 to Feb 16 2014 with rates starting at $459 per night based on 4 people in a Deluxe Room for a minimum 2 night stay, subject to availability.
If you cannot find suitable accommodation in Jasper for Family Day Weekend, you could consider staying at a hotel in Hinton. Hinton is approx 75km east of Jasper, which is a reasonable distance to drive for a day’s skiing at Marmot Basin or a visit to downtown Jasper.
To check availability at hotels in Hinton, click here.
As Jasper hotels will be very busy for the Family Day holiday, we strongly recommend making reservations as early as possible using the links provided.
There is no doubt that the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a magical place to be during the Christmas and New Year holidays, in no small part due to the wonderful events taking place at the hotel throughout the holiday period.
Throughout the holiday period there is wonderful range of festive activities taking place at the Jasper Park Lodge which both adults and children are sure to enjoy, including Santa’s Stocking Workshop, Ice Skating, Tobogganing, Caroling by the Fire, Christmas Cookie Decorating, Holiday Bingo, and Christmas Movies.
Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without an amazing Christmas dinner to enjoy.
Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet – Dec 24 2013
Outstanding dinner buffet in the Beauvert Dining Room.
5.30pm – 9pm, $75 adults $37.50 kids 6-12 yrs
Christmas Day Brunch – Dec 25 2013
Christmas day brunch with a wide selection of breakfast items as well as mouth watering lunch dishes!
10am – 1pm
Christmas Dinner Buffet – Dec 25 2013
Christmas dinner buffet in the Beauvert Dining Room.
5.30pm – 9pm, $75 adults $37.50 kids 6-12 yrs
Both the Moose’s Nook and Cavell’s Restaurant will also be open during the holiday period, and reservations are recommended for all Christmas dining.
Full details for Christmas activities can be found in the Jasper Park Lodge Festival of Christmas brochure which you will be given when you check in.
Find a Room
To check room rates and availability for the Christmas period, click here.
In addition to room only accommodation, Christmas 2013 at the Jasper Park Lodge can be enjoyed through the Festival of Christmas Package which includes accommodation in a Fairmont Room, in-room Christmas tree and decorations kit, plus a range of fun-filled Christmas activities taking place at the hotel throughout the holiday period. The package is available from December 23 2013 to January 5 2014 and rates start at $379 per night based on double occupancy.
To accompany our recommendations for Christmas activities at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, we’d like to tell you about some of the great events and celebrations taking place at the Lodge over the 2013-2014 New Year period. From family friendly parties to fine dining, no matter how you choose to bring in the New Year, it looks like New Year’s Eve at the Jasper Park Lodge will be hard to beat.
New Years is one of the busiest periods of the year in Jasper and it is strongly recommended to book your hotel early to avoid disappointment.
To check rates and availability at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, click here.
Under the Sea New Year’s Eve Bash
A New Year’s Eve celebration in the Beauvert Dining Room on December 31 2013 including a delectable land to sea buffet and live entertainment which both adults and children will enjoy, as well as a live band and DJ to set the dance floor alight. The countdown at midnight will even feature fireworks on the big screen!
7pm-1am Dec 31
Children 6-12 yrs $62.50
Dinner at Cavell’s
A 3 course dinner at Cavell’s Restaurant for both couples and families.
6-10pm Dec 31
Young Adults 13-18yrs $79
Children 6-12 yrs $49.50
The Dining Experience
As an adult-only alternative to the Under the Sea New Year’s Eve Bash, the Moose’s Nook Restaurant offers a 5 course fine dining experience in sophisticated surroundings, with entertainment provided by a live pianist. Ticket to the Countdown Celebration included.
8pm Dec 31
Adults $200 excluding alcohol
Adults $275 with wine pairings
New Year’s Eve adult-only party in the Mary Schaffer Ballroom including musical entertainment from a live band. Tickets for this party are included with the The Dining Experience above, or can be purchased for the dance only.
New Year’s Day Brunch
There’s no better way to start off the year than to indulge in a wonderful variety of breakfast and lunch items at Jasper Alberta’s finest brunch in the Beauvert Dining Room from 10am to 2pm.
Children 6-12 yrs $24.50
As well as the celebrations and dining options shown above, there is a whole array of activities available at the Jasper Park Lodge throughout the Christmas and New Year period. You will find full information in the Festival of Christmas brochure which you will be given when you check in to the hotel.
Tip: For the ultimate Canadian Rockies experience this holiday season, if you are planning to spend New Years in Jasper, why not consider Christmas in Banff?
May long weekend is almost upon us, and in 2014 the holiday falls on Monday May 19. Victoria Day weekend, for many, signals the start of summer, and it’s always a busy few days in Jasper. As the weekend approaches there will be fewer and fewer vacancies in Jasper hotels, with the busiest time likely to be the night of Saturday May 17 2014. Needless to say, reservations ahead of time are strongly recommended to guarantee yourself a place to stay.
To check availability and rates for several Jasper accommodations click here and enter your dates.
If you are visiting Jasper between May 16-19 and have not yet booked your accommodation, you may wish to browse the JasperHotels.com website.
To see a list of recommended hotels and motels in Jasper, click here.
To see a list of recommended cabins and chalets in Jasper, click here.
Whether travelling from Alberta or further afield, a romantic break with your loved one surrounded by the majestic Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park can be the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate with your significant other. Some couples visit Jasper because of the abundant peace and quiet while others enjoy exciting winter activities together such as skiing at Marmot Basin or hiking the Maligne Canyon Icewalk.
If you are looking for a special dinner, there are several excellent restaurants in Jasper to suit any occasion, and strolling through the quaint streets of downtown, visiting cafes and browsing in shops is a great way to laze away a few hours.
To help you make the most of your fall and early winter visit to Jasper, Mount Robson Inn is offering a Suite & Sparkling Package which includes two night’s accommodation in their Sunwapta Suite with Jacuzzi tub plus sparkling wine in your room when you arrive.
Starting at the rate of $416 for a 2 night stay from September 15-30 2014 and $334 for a 2 night stay from October 1 to December 24 2014 Mount Robson Inn’s Suite & Sparkling Package includes a two night stay in a Jacuzzi suite and a bottle of bubbly, as well as breakfast for two. This makes an ideal couple’s getaway package whether you are visiting Jasper for a romantic getaway, a special occasion or just because you both deserve it.
Easter is a wonderful time to visit Jasper Alberta, with the skiing at Marmot Basin still wide open and a hint of spring in the air downtown. In 2012 Easter Sunday falls on April 8, and with record snowfall this winter, the skiing and snowboarding conditions are sure to be still excellent for the Easter holiday weekend.
Hotel Reservations for Easter
You can expect Jasper hotels to be busy for Easter 2012, particularly for the night of Saturday April 7, so if you are planning an Easter ski trip, or just a weekend taking in the beauty of Jasper National Park, you should book your lodging early to avoid disappointment.
To check rates & availability for several hotels in Jasper, click here.
Luxury Easter Hotel Package
To celebrate this special weekend in style, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is offering a fun filled Easter Weekend Package which includes luxury accommodation, plus a whole array of family activities throughout Easter weekend.
The Easter activities include Easter egg hunt, family movies, scavenger hunts, crafts, Easter egg decorating, and lots more.
The package is valid for a minimum 2 night stay from April 6-8 2012, with rates starting at $349 per night in a deluxe room.
As usual, dining at the Jasper Park Lodge during Easter will be first class, with a Good Friday Buffet being served on the evening of April 6 (adults $58, kids 6-12yrs $29), an Easter Feast on Saturday April 7 (adults $58, kids 6-12yrs $29), and an Easter Sunday Brunch from 10am to 1pm on April 8 (adults $38, kids 6-12yrs $19).
Jasper Alberta has plenty to offer for children of all ages, so if you are looking for a quick family friendly getaway before the kids go back to school, why not pay a visit to Jasper National Park and find out just how much fun you and your family can have in the stunning surroundings of the Canadian Rockies.
The Jasper Tramway is an excellent way to bring young children into the high alpine without having to hike up a mountain! The 7 minute guided journey in the aerial tramway involves an elevation gain of almost 1000m, allowing you to experience spectacular lake and mountain views normally reserved for mountaineers. The kids will also love spotting wildlife which can include hoary marmots, ptarmigan, ground squirrels, pikas, and big horn sheep. Washrooms and food are available at both the lower and upper stations.
Rafting on the Athabasca River is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Rocky Mountain River Guides offer 2 hour class II rafting trips which are suitable for all ages while still involving some exciting rapids, as well as 3 hour trips suitable for ages 6 and over.
According to Parks Canada, Jasper has what might be one of the world’s best bike trail systems, which includes a good range of short and easy bike routes, suitable for families with children. The Jasper Discovery Trail for instance is a smooth paved ride along Jasper’s historic rail corridor for 2.5 km one way with minimal elevation gain, and kids will love the undulating Athabasca River Trail which runs for 3 km one way from Old Fort Point to Jasper Park Lodge on the shores of Lac Beauvert. If you don’t bring your own bikes, they can be rented in town, and be sure to download the Jasper National Park Mountain Biking Guide before you head off!
All kids love to swim and splash around in water and there are two great places in Jasper where they can do just that! The Jasper Aquatic Centre has a 25m indoor pool plus a waterslide, as well as a shallow wading pool for the young kids, and if you prefer the outdoors, you can bathe in the naturally heated waters of Miette Hot Springs, suitable for all ages.
If you are looking for a family hotel package which includes your Jasper hotel plus one or more family activities, there are several options available on the new Jasper4Kids website, where you will also find more ideas and recommendations for having fun with your family in Jasper National Park.
For further information, visit www.Jasper4Kids.com.