Get ready Jasper, your favourite winter festival has arrived. Enjoy Jasper in January like a local with these cool recommendations.
AVALANCHE AWARENESS DAY
Saturday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Marmot Basin
Search dogs and explosives? Yes please! Even if you aren’t into backcountry skiing, the pros from Parks Canada and Marmot Basin can tell you nerdy nuggets about gnarly nature. For those with even a slight curiosity about riding off piste, this is a great place to start to get an idea of what avalanche terrain looks like, how specialists manage it and who has to deal with your dumb mistakes if you Venture Beyond a closed sign.
MPL'S CHILI COOKOFF
Jan. 21, 6 p.m. - 12 p.m. Jasper Activity Centre
This event is anything but chill. MPL’s Chili Cook Off is January’s best party, making it an easy recommendation. Think costumes, beer (or wine) and two dozen or so teams all competing for the best concoction. Competition has become fierce in the last few years—this ain’t your papa’s home batch. Creative ingredients, original accompaniments and a sliding scale of heat will have you reaching for the closest bucket of suds.
ACFA JASPER WINTER PENTATHLON
Jan. 23, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pyramid Lake
Celebrate the outdoors and breath the fresh mountain air at Jasper’s original winter hub. Pyramid Lake is the setting for a pentathlon like no other. Teams bike, cross country ski, snowshoe, skate and run, all in the shadow of majestic Pyramid Mountain. Spectators can cheer participants on from the warming pits, BBQ and hot chocolate stands—you’re never far from the action. Sign up today at acfajasper.wix.com/pentathlon
HOPSCOTCH AND WINE
Jan. 23 6 p.m. Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre
The original sampler party brings together the best beer, scotch and wine reps around to showcase their favourite products of their portfolios. Meet craft brewers and distillers. Snack on delicious taps. Talk smack about your buddy’s unrefined palate. This event has become extremely popular in recent years; don’t be on the outside looking in.
ATCO STREET PARTY
Jan. 30, 6 - 9 p.m. Patricia Street
Jasper transforms into a street festival that you don’t want to miss. Performers, cabane à sucre, a Red Bull winch session, food, games and an ice bar, the party keeps getting better every year. Dress warm; you’ll want to take in the fireworks at Centennial Park at 10 p.m.