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Jasper in January Winterstruck dogsled rides // Jeff Bartlett
Jasper in January Winterstruck dogsled rides // Jeff Bartlett

Jasper in January enters final week

We are into the final eight days of Jasper in January. With unseasonably warm temperatures, the outdoor events have really taken off, except for perhaps the ice sculptures that prefer it to be a little cooler. The slopes at Marmot haven’t had a big dump in a while, but three to five centimetres of snow per night continues to add to its excellent conditions. I was there a week ago and I loved the DJ spinning tunes in Paradise Lodge—there’s nothing like it while you’re catching your breath and rehydrating. The Ice Bar and outdoor BBQ were in full swing as well.

If you’re taking your kids to the slopes this weekend, there’s a scavenger hunt covering the entire mountain with prizes, or you could challenge your friends on the dual slalom run that’s open to all. The party continues until February 1. Mourning Wood is playing at the Atha-B this weekend and next weekend. The festival goes out with a flurry, including the famous Chili Cookoff, Hopscotch and Wines at the Sawridge and Tupelo Honey at the Atha-B. Up on the slopes on January 31, the avi team will be out in full force for its annual Avalanche Awareness Day. Demos will be taking place all over the hill, including a search-and-rescue avalanche dog, transceiver operation and the ever-popular explosives demonstration.

Fun and games at Sunshine Village

There’s a great lineup of events at Sunshine Village next weekend. Festivities start on January 25 with a Robbie Burns Day party, complete with a bagpiper on the slopes. It should be pretty cool listening to the sweet sound of pipes echoing through the mountains. I wonder if the Sunshine Inn chefs are offering an extensive menu that includes some haggis. Only tatties and neeps for me, please. On the same day, there’s a rail jam taking place on Pando Hill. This is an open event welcoming all ages and categories. Maybe they can talk the bagpiper into providing the tunes for the tricks on the rails.

On January 26, Sunshine celebrates its annual Australia Day. Many workers on Sunshine’s slopes come from Down Under and, on this day, their colours and funky language are out in full force. There will be a number of fun events taking place near the slope-side village as well. No worries mate, the Aussie lifties have to finish their shifts before they go off like frogs in a sock.

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