As much as it kills me to give a poor snow report for my beloved Marmot Basin the truth is what the truth is.
For positive points, the snow has had chance to fall, be melted, be cat tracked / groomed and then melt and settle some more. For Marmot this is a good thing this should keep all the little rocks from getting churned up throughout the season. This will also prove to be beneficial in the powder stash area's once more snow comes by giving a good solid base to bite into rather than the ground.
The bottom half of the hill is dodge it city. Lots of bare spots, lots of brown snow. They need another 40 cm to make it skiable proper.
The triple chair was hurtin', the front face was closed under and to the skiers left. The face to skiers right on the skiers right of the Tbar was sort of okay, you could pick your way through with the occasional hop over or emergency turn. We did two runs here and bailed out to the Eagles East Chair where the sun doesn't shine.
Eagles east has suprising good coverage, I think Marmot Staff worked very hard in this area to give something to ski, knowing the Triple face gets too much sun. It was for the most part covered on the two runs they had open. It held up nicely and after Friday nights 7 - 15 cm it's likely a hoot right now (Damn my one day trips)
We stayed on the runs, as we know whats underneath is barely 1 foot away with nasty base gougers just waiting.
Marmot needs a few good snow falls to get them skiable, I think with this and the type of weather and snow fall it will give a nice rock holding base and begin to be another great Jasper Alberta skiing year.
Would I go back? Not until they get another 40 - 80 cm.