A lovely winter getaway in Jasper National in the Canadian Rockies sounds like a dream. Then you start checking the price of accommodations in the area and decide to keep dreaming. It seems the prices just keep going up, keeping the spectacular Canadian Rockies just out of reach. Is there any way to make this trip more affordable?
The good news is that there are ways to make your Jasper dreams come true. At 10Adventures, we’ve spent years finding and testing great deals in the Canadian Rockies, and now we’re sharing our list with you.
Find the best ways to save money for the 2019 / 2020 winter season. Don’t forget to read the important details on these programs at the end of this document.
Why go to Jasper in winter?
Stunning beauty and almost no crowds. We actually prefer winter in the Rockies! Imagine nearly deserted ski hills (especially mid-week) and other incredible activities like winter hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dog-sledding. We think you’ll agree that this is an amazing area to explore in the winter!
Jasper is quiet in winter! Being so far from major airports and population centers means that some businesses close, and many of our favorite lodges and chalets are closed for winter. It also means there is more competition for your tourist dollars, and we routinely stay for under $100 / night in great, mid-range accommodations.
Marmot Escape Card
The key to savings in Jasper is investing in a Marmot Escape Card, which is $79. Sure, it will save you 50% off your lift passes every time you ski at Marmot Basin, a great hill 30 minutes from Jasper.
But the key for us are the Marmot Escape card perks, which includes savings at local restaurants and incredible savings at the hotels, which are up to 50% off the standard rate! This makes Jasper, an incredible winter destination, one of the best deals for your winter vacation.
Jasper Park Lodge
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is another great Fairmont Property. It is very different from the Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Springs Hotel, in that it is more rustic and hasn’t been renovated recently. A stay here is still a great stay, being outside of town and having great trails from the door and incredible dark sky nights to star gaze.
You have two ways to save here. To begin with, you can use your Marmot Escape Card to save 30% per night Sunday-Thursday and 20% per night on weekends.
You get a bit better of a deal if you are a resident of BC, Alberta or Saskatchewan though. You save 30% (promotion code PRES) if you book 30 days in advance or 20% if you book less than 30 days before your trip.
But the best part for families is a little-known perk: kids eat free! If your child is age 5 or younger they eat free from the children’s menu or buffets at selected restaurants on site. This deal isn’t at every restaurant at the hotel, so confirm with the concierge before making your reservations.
Jasper Mountain Park Lodges
We love the Mountain Park Lodges in Jasper. This group of hotels caters to all budgets. You can use your Marmot Escape Card and get 30% off midweek room rates and 15% off of weekend rates.
You’ll need to call in at 1-888-8JASPER to get these rates and present your card when you check in. What we like the most is that because they have so many different hotels and they can check them all with one call. Booking is so easy.
We like the kitchenette suites, especially at the Marmot. While not luxurious, these comfortable suites are great for longer trips where you want to eat healthy and cook your own food!
Another great value with your Marmot Escape Card is Whistler’s Inn. With the 40% midweek discount, your standard room is just $101 per night! Weekend discounts are 15%. Call 1-800-282-9919 for reservations.
Jasper Inn and Suites
For a great room at a great price, check out the Jasper Inn and Suites, which also offers discounted rates with a Marmot Escape Card. A standard room costs just $91 midweek after the 30% Escape Card discount is applied. Call 1-800-661-1933 to make your reservation.
Consider HI Wilderness Hostels
Along the Icefields Parkway (the stunning Highway 93N that connects Lake Louise with Jasper) there are some unique options for more adventurous travellers. Consider HI Wilderness Hostels. These hostels are spread out along the highway and provide more basic accommodations; however the location allows you to explore the stunning region along the Icefield Parkway. We also like the common cooking area, which allows us to eat healthy and save money compared to a hotel.
Prices start at about $30 (CAD) / person for HI members, and there are private rooms available at Mosquito Creek and Athabasca Falls. In the spirit of full disclosure, toilet and shower facilities are primitive, with many places not having showers nor running water in winter!
Our favorite hostel of the bunch is the Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel. There are a few private rooms that sleep six, or there are dormitory-style cabins with room for 12-16 people. The main living area is like something out of an adventure novel: pine furniture, exposed beams, stump stools, and a cast iron stove in the middle of the room. You won’t want to miss the campfire at night. The stars put on a real show out there.
Finally, the HI Hostel in Jasper is another great way to stay in Jasper for cheap. Not only is the price low, but also there are private rooms for 2, or private family rooms that sleep 4-5. All private rooms have an en-suite bathroom. If you book early, a private room could be the perfect way to save money on your ski trip. The hostel’s building is the remnants of a historic lodge; it has a huge kitchen space and a campfire.
The Important Details
In the spirit of full disclosure, many of these discounts are designed around winter trips, the traditional off-season for places like Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Luckily for us, some of these winter discounts will also work in summer, spring and autumn as well, especially if you book them during the winter season.
For all of the deals we are sharing, the rates are typically for the lowest room category and two people sharing mid-week, outside of major holidays. The rates are excluding any taxes or service fees you need to pay
To get these rates you need to book directly with the hotels, usually on the phone but occasionally we also provide the promo code. Be aware that there are blackout dates around major holidays and that these deals do often sell-out. In addition, rates are typically even more discounted mid-week (Sunday – Thursday) so consider that when planning your trips.
Finally, you will need proof of residency (drivers’ licence) for some rates, while those for the Sunshine Super Card, Louise Plus Card and the Marmot Escape Card will require you to show your card at check-in. Don’t try and book these rates if you don’t qualify, you will be disappointed, they always check when the rates are this good.