{Our weekend in Jasper Part I}

On Friday, I got out of work a bit early to get a head start on our snowboarding weekend in Jasper!

I fueled up for our long road trip out with a tasty panini from Mercato, a gourmet Italian eatery in Mission..

Whisper thin sheets of salty prosciutto, slices of tomato, a creamy melty layer of mozzarella and fresh basil..Simple and delicious..

We always start a drive out to the mountains with a grande half sweet soy chai…A treat I allow myself to indulge in once a week (speaking as a former twice a day Starbucks addict).

We headed out of the city at about 4pm, CD player loaded with the hilarious ramblings of Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw while watching the sun reflecting off the snowy peaks of the mountains..

Being sure to fill up since there were no gas stations in between here and Jasper (about a 5 hour drive)..

..and armed with some snackage to munch on the way. I packed a large bag of steamed edamame sprinkled with hawaiian pink salt and a container full of sliced up grapefruit segments..

Did you know: Calgary was voted the #5 best city to live in the world according to a recent survey by The Economist.

I would say one of my favourite things about living here is that we’re SO close to the beautiful Rockies…

The road conditions were great and the scenery was breathtaking..

We arrived at about 9pm and rested up for our big day on Saturday.

When we awoke in the morning, we were welcomed to a lovely sunny clear day. Ideal conditions for snowboarding..

Here’s the view from our log cabin at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge..

The main lodge had a luxurious rustic ambiance. This area is called the Emerald Lounge, where guests can hang out on plush couches and large comfy arm chairs by the huge fireplace and warm up with a nice cup of Baileys and hot chocolate..

While watching people skate around the two rinks at Lake Beauvert with Whistler’s mountain in the backdrop..

Grizzly bears are a consistent theme throughout the hotel..

This was the view from the window of our cabin, complete with a small balcony out back..

After a bit of exploring, our hunger beckoned, so we made our way to Cavell’s restaurant – the lodge’s signature gourmet mountain casual dining room where we helped ourselves to their breakfast buffet.

My plate was packed with goodies like eggs benedict, saskatoon berry pancakes, gravlax, artisan meats and cheeses and tasty miniature pastries..

I had this plate plus one more..I was HUNGRY..

After we were properly fueled, we grabbed our gear and hopped onto the hotel’s shuttle to whisk us off to Marmot Basin for our fun-filled day of snowboarding..

Here’s me solo on the chairlift. I lost the boy on one of our runs..

That’s what I get for not keeping up..

Up up we go..

Fact: Marmot Basin has about 86 named runs on 3,000 vertical feet of drop. It also boasts the longest high-speed quad chair in the Rockies. A ride from bottom to top takes about 7.5 minutes..

The perfect vantage point to enjoy the stunning views of Jasper National Park..

Here we are at the top..

Ready to rock..

The weather was perfect – sunny and little wind. This was my first time at Marmot and I declared it my new FAVOURITE ski hill. It’s a shame it’s a bit too far away to come here more often.

It was a fairly busy day, luckily the runs are nice and wide..

Here’s a view down the main hill..

By 4pm, we were ready to call it a day, so we relaxed out on the patio for a couple of Caesars while waiting for our shuttle ride back..

Sigh…I wish I could do this everyday..

To be continued..

3 Responses to “{Our weekend in Jasper Part I}”
  1. Tatiana says:

    That looks like a GREAT hill, and it is a shame it’s so far away. We tend to either stick closer to home, or leave the province altogether, so we’ve never been there.

    • We both bought Sunshine Marmot ski cards this year, so thought it would be nice to check out Jasper, since we’ve been so Sunshine quite a few times. So glad we did, it was amazing. All the locals recommend going there in the summertime, great area for hikes 🙂

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