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Never-ever days at Marmot Basin

If you’ve never skied or boarded before and you’ve always wondered what all the excitement is about—but it seems a little pricey to try—head to Marmot Basin on January 6. For just $25 they’ll set you up with a lift ticket, all the gear and a lesson. Typically this could set you back around $200 but the Canadian Ski Council is looking to increase participation. What better way to start than high up in the Rocky Mountains where you not only hit the slopes, there’s the view and ambience that will enhance the experience.

Night entertainment

This winter Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Marmot Basin are getting into the night time entertainment business. At Sunshine, ‘torchlight’ is the theme with several evenings of entertainment—after the lifts close. At Marmot Basin they’ve scheduled several Evenings at the Eagle nights including January 14, 21, 28 and February 19. Participants meet at the mid-mountain Eagle Chalet at 4 pm for dinner, drinks, and live music. At 7 pm guests are escorted down the slopes to the parking lot or a waiting bus at the lower chalet.

Movie Night

The Eternal Beauty Of Snowboarding

This film is an existential journey into the true life of snowboarders, and can be found on YouTube. It was put together by Jerome Tanon, a snowboard photographer for almost 10 years. There’s colourful language, so it’s not for the little snowboarders in the pack.  If you’re about to head out on this journey yourself, maybe don’t let your parents watch either.

Pipe Ground 2016

Only five minutes long and again on YouTube, Pipe Ground was filmed in Avoriaz, a French ski resort. For one month in April, a team of snow enthusiast converted a half-pipe into an incredible snowy skate bowl loaded with jumps, gaps and dozens of other unique obstacles. Mornings are reserved for pros and lessons but during the afternoon, everyone can have a go. I think that Marmot could duplicate a mini version for next spring, don’t you?

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