Winter 21/22: opt for unique outdoor adventures in Jasper

If you book a trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains for the upcoming winter sports season, you are assured of the ultimate winter experience. This is a great place for lovers of nature, mountains and outdoor activities. Here you can combine a skiing holiday in one of the most beautiful areas of the world with the coolest outdoor adventures! Ski in the powder snow of Marmot Basin, take a dog sled ride, explore the frozen Maligne Canyon and spot bison in Elk Island National Park. As icing on the cake, the Northern Lights twinkle above your head at night.

Alberta in Canada has one of the most beautiful ski areas on earth: Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park. A large ski area where you never queue for the lift, where the snow conditions are among the best in the world and where you ski with a view of the Rockies. And a winter holiday in Canada is much more than just skiing. The vast nature is perfect for adventurous activities; here you can experience endless winter adventures in the overwhelming nature. For example, go ice climbing, take a dog sled ride, spot wildlife and look for the northern lights!

A visit to the vibrant city of Edmonton is the icing on the cake for the ultimate winter experience: from attending an ice hockey game to fat biking through the city’s River Valley. The possibilities during the winters are endless and will undoubtedly provide you with an unforgettable winter sport.

canadian rockies - here you can combine your skiing holiday with the coolest outdoor adventures

Jasper – your base of adventure

The Rocky Mountains are among the most beautiful places in North America, full of beautiful national parks, beautiful mountain ranges and frozen lakes. The authentic winter sports village of Jasper is the ideal base for your adventurous winter sports in Canada. In winter wonderland Jasper, winter comes into its own! Here you can enjoy the impressive wilderness around the mountain village. The national park of the same name is internationally known for its scenic hiking trails, the Marmot Basin Ski Resort and for an abundance of wildlife, including wolves, moose, bighorn sheep, deer and bears.

In addition to wildlife, Jasper is also characterized by the many glaciers, cliffs and lakes in the park. One of the highlights is Columbia Icefields with the world famous Athabasca Glacier. Another must-see in Jasper National Park is without a doubt Maligne Lake. If you’ve booked a rental car, be sure to drive a bit along the 232-kilometer Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), which has been specially constructed to admire all the natural beauty. This scenic route is one of the most beautiful in the world, connecting Jasper to Lake Louise in nearby Banff National Park. More information can be found on the website of Jasper Travel.

Athabasca Falls CR Jeff Lewis Photography

Athabasca Falls – CR Jeff Lewis Photography

Skiing in Marmot Basin

If you are going on winter sports to Jasper, you will most likely end up at Marmot Basin. The ski resort, about 20 minutes from the charming town, is known for its spectacular views, varied descents, great off-piste opportunities and relaxed atmosphere. The ultramodern elevators and the friendly Canadians will also amaze you. The ski area has 91 slopes on four different mountain slopes and every year the fine dry powder snow comes several meters from the air. For beginners there is always a green downhill run, experienced skiers can enjoy themselves on the double black slopes of the Tres Hombres. Add to that the fact that there are virtually no waiting times and the ideal picture is complete. In addition, this area has a ski season of no less than six months; plenty of opportunities to go skiing in Canada, so!

At the beginning of this year, a new area opened in Marmot Basin that is ready to receive skiers and snowboarders. Some highly anticipated and awesome runs to the right of Marmot Peak; a challenging terrain for advanced skiers. The new area is the epitome of high-level downhill skiing: a steep, snow-filled, treeless terrain with breathtaking views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. But beware: only suitable for the real thrill seekers. Download the piste map here.

Marmot Basin 2021

Marmot Basin, Jasper National Park

Outdoor adventures in Jasper – discover the magic of the Rockies

Of course you mainly travel to the rugged, snowy landscape of Western Canada to enjoy the slopes of Marmot Basin, but you can turn your winter sports holiday into an absolute dream holiday by also making use of the wide range of activities that you can do here. to do.

Maligne Canyon is one of the most beautiful spots in Jasper. In the summer months the water pours down generously here, in the winter the waterfalls are frozen solid. With the Icewalk you walk along these waterfalls, but also to ice caves and special ice formations in the bottom of the canyon. True adventurers will go ice climbing on the frozen waterfalls, without a doubt one of the coolest activities you can do during your winter sports holiday in Alberta!

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Rent a fat bike and explore the snow-strewn trails of the national park. Popular trails include the Woodpecker Trail and Cabin Lake Fire Road for novice fat bikers and the Mina-Cabin Loop for the more experienced riders. Or take a snowshoe hike with a view of the mountain peaks. Book a winter wildlife tour, go ski touring and put on your skates for a spin on Lake Mildred!

In the valley of Valemount, in the province of British Columbia, you can go for a cool dog sledding trip. Here you will get on your own dog sled with a group of enthusiastic and energetic huskies that will take you through the Yellowhead Pass. A brand new and the most impressive excursion you can take in Jasper is the magical bubble tour. First you fly in a helicopter over the Rocky Mountains and then you go to Abraham Lake, also known as ‘Bubble Lake’. During a snowshoe hike through the magical winter wonderland, it becomes clear why.

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Icewalk through Maligne Canyon

Lake Mildred

Ice Skating on Lake Mildred

Spotting Northern Lights

If you go skiing in Canada you have the chance to see the Northern Lights during the evening hours. Both Jasper National Park and Elk Island National Park are Dark Sky Preserves, areas where it is so dark at night that you can see the starry sky perfectly. In Jasper National Park you can take a Dark Sky Experience, where you go to a planetarium in the Fairmont and an astronomy expert tells you all about the Milky Way, planets, stars and the aurora.

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northern lights canada

Snow-sure deals

Are you considering a winter sports holiday to the Rocky Mountains? Be inspired by the Snow Sure Deals to the winter wonderland of western Canada. On the website you will not only find a lot of inspiration and information about Edmonton and Jasper, but also complete and well-priced package tours from various travel organizations, such as Tioga Tours, Buro Scanbrit, Tenzing Travel and NBBS Travel. These trips have been put together in collaboration with various Dutch tour operators, to give you the chance of a unique winter sports experience in Canada.

All deals include flight, accommodation, ski pass and local transport. Those who book a trip through the SnowsureDeals are guaranteed to stay a few days in the town of Jasper, in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is also possible to spend one or more days in Edmonton immediately after arrival or just before departure. Also nice: if you book through tour operators affiliated with Snowsure Deals, you always fly with KLM and you can take your own skis or snowboard on the plane for free.

Miette Range - CR Jeff Lewis Photography

Miette Range, Canadian Rockies – CR Jeff Lewis Photography

Edmonton – Gateway to the Rocky Mountains

Edmonton is the perfect base for the start or end of your winter sports holiday. The capital of the province of Alberta is also known for its events, cultural activities and shopping. Visit the West Edmonton Mall, which not only has shops, but also an indoor amusement park, subtropical swimming pool, a cinema, ice rink, hotels and much more.

The North Saskatchewan River runs right through Edmonton, alongside a vast valley that offers many opportunities for outdoor activities in winter. In the River Valley, for example, you will find hundreds of kilometers of hiking and cycling trails that are perfect for cross-country skiing or a snowshoe hike. Or rent a fat bike or segway and make a pit stop at Hawrelak Park for a special view of the Ice Castle!

Want to start or end your winter sports holiday in style and spectacularly? Attend an Edmonton Oilers or Edmonton Oil Kings (junior team) ice hockey game! The ultramodern stadium is an attraction in itself. Get your tickets early, because this is one Canadian party you don’t want to miss. More information can be found on the website of Explore Edmonton.

Skyline Edmonton winter

Skyline Edmonton

West Edmonton Mall

A lifelike pirate ship is bobbing in the mall

Hawrelak Park cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing in Hawrelak Park

Elk Island National Park

Elk Island is about a 45-minute drive from downtown Edmonton. This national park is known for the many wildlife you will encounter here, including bison, moose and reindeer. Even in the winter months, this park is an absolute highlight of your trip. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and walk the trails, scanning the horizon for a specter of a giant bison or peering through the trees for moose. When it gets dark, you have perfect opportunities to see the Northern Lights here!

Elk Island National Park bison

Bison in Elk Island National Park

Moose, photo Jon Hayward

Moose, photo Jon Hayward

‘Your powder flight to the Canadian Rockies’

Skiing in Marmot Basin is best to fly to Edmonton, where the Canadian winter adventure begins. The fastest and most comfortable way to do this from the Netherlands is with KLM. KLM currently flies to Edmonton twice a week, in a circular flight. On Thursday it is clockwise, on Saturday it is counterclockwise. This means that you can fly directly to Edmonton on Saturday, after which the flight returns to Amsterdam after a short stopover in Calgary. On Thursday the flight connection is the other way around: then you fly directly back from Edmonton. For the most up-to-date flight schedule, check the KLM website.

If you book a luxurious winter sports holiday to Edmonton and Jasper in Canada, you are assured of the ultimate winter experience! Do you still need to be convinced? See here: ten reasons to go to Jasper this year!

Elk, photo Celina Frisson

Elk, photo Celina Frisson

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