JASPER Al­berta

Men's Journal - - NOTEBOOK -

Jasper, pop­u­la­tion 5,000, is in the heart of 4,200-square-mile Jasper Na­tional Park, Canada’s largest. As a re­sult, the town mostly caters to sum­mer tourists, who come to ex­plore the wide river val­leys and high peaks when the wild­flow­ers are in bloom. In win­ter, though, prac­ti­cally the only peo­ple left are lo­cals and diehard skiers from Ed­mon­ton (four hours away), who flock to the low-key vil­lage to take ad­van­tage of the open runs and empty lifts at 1,720-acre Mar­mot Basin, the ski re­sort 15 min­utes away. If you’re lucky, you’ll see wolf tracks cross­ing the road on the way to the re­sort. Or maybe, while boot-pack­ing to the top of Mar­mot Peak, you’ll spot a herd of cari­bou off the back­side of the moun­tain. This is to say: The re­sort—and the town it­self—is still wild.

It’s the type of place where, while grab­bing mid­moun­tain lunch at Char­lie’s Bar, you’ll bump into the guy who, back in the day, first poached the new Tres Hom­bres area, a formerly out-of-bounds sec­tion now named for him and his two back­coun­try bud­dies. Yes, Jasper in win­ter may be one of the last great moun­tain towns, with the wildlife, the char­ac­ters, and the calm to feel like home no mat­ter where you’re from.

Where to Stay: The Fair­mont Jasper Park has ev­ery amenity you’d want and ex­tras, too, like nightly north­ern lights view­ing par­ties, com­plete with hot choco­late and s’mores. —Ryan Krogh

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