From the main driveway of Mount Robson Inn, your sole option is to turn right, towards Highway 93 and Marmot Basin. It’s only natural.
Even more natural is the wicked snow dumps that will be hitting the
mountain in the early season, providing coverage from top to bottom by
the beginning of December. As a general rule, when it sets up solid
like this early in the season, good times are ahead. In fact, the whole
mountain often skis like it’s been open for months.
If cross-country skiing is more your speed, try the ski trail out at
Whistlers campground, a graceful 4.5-kilometre beginner loop just a
stone’s throw from the Mount Robson Inn. The trail is a bit of an open
secret around Jasper, being that it is always one of the first to be
For a shorter but slightly more challenging glide, there’s the
Wabasso campground just a few kilometres further down the 93A past the
ski hill turnoff. Or for the ambitious, the Pyramid Fire Road, 15
kilometres long with switchback climbs up the shoulder of Pyramid
Mountain – something to aspire to, perhaps, if I can drag myself away
from Marmot Basin long enough.
Though Jasper isn’t that well known as a nordic skiing destination, Jasper National Park recently introduced new cross-country ski trail maps to help people discover the trail system.