The small but varied ski area is based at Marmot Basin, 25 minutes' drive out of town. The natural bowl area is dominated by Marmot Peak at 2,612m, linked to Caribou Ridge 2,293m along one face and to Marmot 2 at 2,530m along another ridge called The Saddle. Marmot offers an amazing variety of terrain for all levels of skier or rider—the terrain is pretty evenly split between novice, intermediate, advanced and expert trails—from high alpine, powder-filled bowls and immaculately groomed trails through to beautifully spaced gladed trails through the trees.
You have to hike to reach the best slopes, but the effort is well rewarded. It's a carver's paradise with excellent trails and different pitches, including the steep Dromedary and Spillway back to base. Eagle Ride with Eagle East and Chalet Slope will beckon with a real backcountry feel as you drop into vertigo-inducing traverses. But watch out for boundary signs funnelling you back toward the trails or you'll have a long hike out.
The Marmot Basin Ski and Snowboard School is located at the Base Day Lodge (Caribou Chalet) and runs from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (daily). Largest class size is approx eight people.
Last Updated: Mar 2012