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USA Today readers rank Jasper as No.1 ski town in North America

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WATCH ABOVE: The readers of USA Today have recently voted the Alberta resort community of Jasper the best ski town in North America – Dec 12, 2018

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, a mere four hours west of Edmonton, Jasper now has another title to boast about.

The readers of USA Today have recently voted this Alberta resort town the best ski town in North America.

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It beat out a lot of competition. The second and third spot were taken by North Conway, N.H. and Steamboat Springs, Colo. Jasper was not the only Canadian spot to make the Top 10 list. Rossland, B.C. came in at No. 6 and Nelson, B.C. came in at No. 10.

“It doesn’t come to us as a big surprise,” said Brian Rode, vice-president of the Marmot Basin ski area.

“Jasper has always maintained that authenticity, that real comfortable feel,” he said. “It’s an unpretentious kind of a feel here in Jasper; that’s what people like, that is what people keep coming back for.

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“We’re in a national park. There is nothing wrong with a purpose-built resort, but we’re sort of the antithesis of that.”

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Like all other communities that made the list, Jasper was judged on its access to the slopes, its small-town vibe, its history and its food scene.

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Main street in the Jasper town site in Jasper National Park, Alberta. August 26, 2015. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
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Main street in the Jasper town site in Jasper National Park, Alberta. August 26, 2015. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
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The view of mountains in Jasper National Park, Alberta. August 26, 2015. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
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Tourists enjoying a park in the Jasper town site in Jasper National Park, Alberta. August 26, 2015. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
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The view of mountains in Jasper National Park, Alberta. August 26, 2015. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
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A mountain in Jasper National Park in western Alberta on October 22, 2018. Dean Twardzik/Global News
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Jasper National Park on April 2, 2017. Karen Bartko, Global News
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Elk in Jasper National Park. April 2, 2017. Karen Bartko, Global News
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A street in Jasper, Alta. in Jasper National Park. April 2, 2017. Karen Bartko, Global News
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A street in Jasper, Alta. in Jasper National Park. April 2, 2017. Karen Bartko, Global News
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A view of Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park is shown in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Travel Alberta
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Jasper National Park information centre in Jasper, Alta. Karen Bartko/Global News File
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Spirit Island on Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Hugh Lecky
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Jasper National Park information centre in Jasper, Alta. April 2, 2017. Karen Bartko, Global News
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A street in Jasper, Alta. in Jasper National Park. April 2, 2017. Karen Bartko, Global News
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The Jasper firehall in Jasper National Park. April 2, 2017. Karen Bartko, Global News
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A skier takes some air of a run at Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
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The upper mountain at Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park opened up earlier this week. Photo taken on Wednesday November 18, 2015.
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A map of the Marmot Basin ski and snowboard resort in Jasper National Park, Alberta. Marmot Basin
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A map of the new Tres Hombres area at Marmot Basin ski and snowboard resort in Jasper National Park, Alberta. Marmot Basin
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A photo showing the new Tres Hombres area at Marmot Basin ski and snowboard resort in Jasper National Park, Alberta. Marmot Basin

“People feel comfortable when they get here for the first time,” Rode said. “After a day or two, we hear this all the time from international travellers: ‘Wow, I feel so welcome here. It’s not overly commercialized by any means, and yet I can still go out to a lot of great restaurants.'”

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For anyone heading to Jasper in the near future, Rode pointed out that two-thirds of the mountain runs at Marmot Basin are open and the conditions are great right now for people who love groomed slopes.

Watch below: Some Global News videos about Jasper, Alta., and the surrounding areas.

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