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Marmot Basin powder // Jeff Bartlett
Marmot Basin powder // Jeff Bartlett

Jasper in January: a full calendar

The Jasper in January Festival is just around the corner. The town of Jasper and Marmot Basin will be hosting exciting events and delivering incredible deals from January 16 until February 1.

Up at Marmot, lift tickets will be reduced by 25 percent for both weeks.There are a few other events as well, including Music On the Mountain, Dual Slalom racing and Avalanche Awareness Days. Snow conditions at Marmot continue to be top-notch, and forecasted daily snowfalls of two to six centimetres will spruce up the runs.

The list of events in Jasper is quite long, but there are a few highlights to keep in mind. This year’s band lineup is quite impressive. At the Atha-B, live bands on the weekends include Blades of Steel, Mourning Wood and Tupelo Honey. Sarah Smith is at the De’d Dog from January 16 – 17 and the Whistle Stop Pub is hosting the fourth-annual Loud and Proud Drag Show on January 17. There’s also the ever-popular Hopscotch & Wines Festival at the Sawridge Inn, a chili cook-off, fireworks and new this year, Food-a-Palooza. For a list and details of all events, visit

Banff SnowDays are on

Entering its fourth season, this festival continues to get bigger every year. This year it will run from January 10 – February 8. Events will be taking place on the slopes at Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Norquay as well as in and around the Banff town site. Highlights include rail jams, ice carving, Robbie Burns Day and culminating with The Big Bear during the last three days, which is where the slopes move into town on Main Street. Pro boarders and skiers will be stomping out their tricks on custom rails and jumps, and Red Bull DJs will be cranking out the tunes throughout the weekend.

Get kinky at Fernie

On January 10, Fernie Resort is hosting a Kinky Rail Jam. Open to skiers and boarders, this event will give all an opportunity to compete against their peers. The entry fee is $30, which includes about two hours of practice time, competition in your class and a wrap-up and awards ceremony at the Griz pub. Later in the month, Fernie will be hosting Avalanche Awareness Days and the Kokanee Snow Dreams Festival on January 24. Last year, this festival was voted Canada’s best deck party by Ski Canada Magazine.

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