With skiing to suit all levels and plenty of well-priced accommodation, Jasper draws visitors back year after year...
Marmot Basin, which can be reached by free bus from Jasper, is renowned for being one of the best places in North America for light, fluffy powder snow.
And as there are still relatively few people who come on ski holidays to Jasper, which is really more of a summer destination, the runs stay in great condition for weeks after fresh snowfall.
What's more, the lifts are generally pretty fast, not to mention blissfully queue free.
Resort height: 1,058m
The terrain of the Marmot Basin is also nicely varied, with runs for everyone from first-timers to experts.
This makes Jasper a good choice for groups and families of mixed ability - although intermediates probably get the best deal of all.
The numerous easy, confidence-boosting runs ideal for beginners have reassuring names such as Home Run, Sleepy Hollow and Bunny Hop, while intermediate skiers and boarders will love flying down finely groomed runs such as Tranquiliser and Scenic Paradise.
The upper portion of the mountain, meanwhile, is home to the sort of large powder-filled bowls and bump runs beloved of advanced skiers (and boarders, without the bumps perhaps). Try Charlie's Bowl or the Milk Run if that sounds more your cup of tea.
Last but not least, there's a recently improved terrain park where there are fun features to be found whatever your level or chosen method of getting down the mountain.
The best way to get to Jasper is from the airport at Edmonton, which is a three to four-hour drive away...
Alternatively, you can take the snow train from Edmonton, or fly into Calgary - the downside being that it takes at least six hours by car.
With varied runs and lots of powder, there's something for every type of skier and snowboarder in the Marmot Basin...
Beginners and families with young children may find the 15-minute bus journey every morning and evening rather tiresome, though.
Jasper offers great value for money, as well as stunning nature walks and welcoming restaurants and bars...
Jasper has a friendly, easy-going vibe and is home to enough bars and restaurants to keep you busy for a week. For après-ski, try Evil Dave's, O'Shea's or the Whistle Stop. And when hunger strikes, head to the Jasper Pizza Place, or check out the Jasper Park Lodge for a more refined dining experience.
The locals are very proud of the natural beauty of their surroundings - and with good reason. Non-skiers can therefore go on incredible Ice Canyon walks, or take the opportunity to glide across one of the nearby frozen lakes, where you can warm up with a tasty hot chocolate. Other activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides, dog-sledding, snowmobiling and even ice-fishing.
Cost of living 8/10
Jasper is a great choice for anyone on a budget because its busiest time is the summer, meaning that winter visitors benefit from great deals on everything from accommodation to eating out. You'll still have to fork out for the flight to get you there, though.
Attractiveness of the resort 9/10
The vast and unspoiled national park in which Jasper sits is certainly easy on the eye, as is the serene beauty of the snow-capped Canadian Rocky Mountains. The surrounding area is also full of wildlife, including elks, deer, moose and bears. And the mostly wooden buildings in the resort itself are pretty attractive too.