WHY: With $30 million invested in the last decade, Marmot Basin is now a modern resort full of high-speed lifts. Jasper National Park, Banff’s wilder and more laid-back northern neighbor, is nearby, and the ski touring is fantastic. When you’re not ripping trees, there’s plenty of elk to ogle.
CANADIAN INTELLIGENCE: Where everyone else traverses left in Charlie’s Bowl, go right for the steepest pitch on the hill.
APR-EH: Evil Dave’s Grill in Jasper serves an eclectic menu full of deadly-delicious fare, like Cowboy Sushi (a battered, tempura-fried beef tenderloin roll). And be sure to sign on for a nighttime tour of Maligne Canyon’s Icewalk along a frozen river.