The weekend at MarmotI spent a couple of days at Marmot this weekend (I deluded myself that returning from my January meeting in Edmonton, it actually makes sense to come home by way of Jasper). They had just got 15 cm on Friday, so there was a fair amount of powder around--unfortunately the thin base underneath was rocky, icy, and grassy. As the day went on, I spent more time trying to avoid the rocks, particularly on the Basin Run section just above the mid-mountain lodge where everything funnels together into a ten meter wide trail (did I mention the rocks?). It wasn't terrible--just what I consider to be typical early season conditions (based on three years experience of Jasper in January). Another 30 or 40 cm will help. Not a bad weekend, but I wish I'd had the time to stop at Sunshine when I passed by on Monday.