Marmot Basin staff are gearing up for another season and—if mother-nature cooperates—the lifts will start turning on Fri., Nov. 18. The upper mountain already has a fair bit of snow, including nearly 50 cm that fell in late October. Unfortunately near the bottom of the hill, seasonal temperatures have melted much of the snow. In fact, it’s been so warm day and night, the snow guns couldn’t be activated much of the time. Next week I’ll be attending Marmot Basin’s season launch event after which I can give you the lowdown on the latest news.
I can tell you about one thing—the Marmot Escape Card. For years, most resorts have had discount cards but this year’s card for Marmot is really unique. Instead of the typical third to fifth and seventh day free specials, this card is 50 percent off of your lift ticket—period. This is available, every day, all season long, with no blackouts. As well, there are deals on rentals, lessons, accommodations and 50 percent off lift tickets here in Edmonton at our local ski hills including Snow Valley, Rabbit Hill, Sunridge and the Edmonton Ski Club. If you plan to go skiing to Marmot for more than one day this year, you should consider buying the $75 Marmot Escape Card—it will pay off in just one weekend. Check out all the details at www.skimarmot.com/Card
On the cheap, and more
• Sunshine Village was the first resort to open and until Sun., Nov. 13, their Mountain Lodge is offering on-hill room rates for $109 per night. Lift tickets are extra but if you’re sharing the room, this is a great deal.
• Lake Louise has added a smokehouse to the Kokanne Kabin near the base lodge. This has always been a great place to enjoy a burger or beavertail. Now, smoked meats will be available as well. The food smells near the lift lines are going to be amazing.
• Magic Bus is promoting a pretty sweet deal called The Boarding Pass. Adult passes are $149 each or better yet $1190 for a ten pack. These passes are good for a ride on a luxury coach to Marmot Basin or Lake Louise including a lift ticket that you get on the bus. No standing in line when you arrive. The passes are transferable, are good for two years and can be used as credit for accommodations if you plan to stay for a night or two. For the complete lowdown go online to magicbus.ca