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This post does not actually fit the winter in Jasper theme, unless you count rising up to an elevation where there is snow during late spring and early fall.
The Jasper Skytram is an aerial tramway to the top of Whistlers Peak, just South of Jasper town. It is the highest and longest guided aerial tramway in Canada, going to a height of 2,263 m (7,425 ft) above sea level in 7.5 minutes. From the upper tramway station, you can hike 1.4 k to Whistlers Summit. Elevation gain is 200 m (660 ft) to 2,463 m (8,081 ft). It is in operation, from late March to the end of October and has been in operation since 1964.
We have been up Whistlers a number of times, bringing our kids, friends, visitors from Ireland, Japan and other countries for one of the best views in the Rockies. On a clear day, you can see Mount Robson, more than 100 km (60 miles) away.
April 1987 visit with Japanese Home Stay students
A friend and I and a hiked up Whistlers in early fall when I was about 25 years younger. It is a 6.8 km (4 1/4 m) hike with an elevation gain of 1,200 m (3,937 ft) taking between 3 and 6 hours to complete. It took us about 4 hours and I have seldom panted and sweated more than I did that day. Our families were waiting for us at the top, with a picnic. After we recuperated, we hiked to the summit. The tram used to give a free ride down to those who hiked up, but, not on this day. Happy to say we took the tram down. In the first photo below, the white peak you can see in the far rear left is Mount Robson
June 1997 shows how long the snow lingers.
These shots from May 2009 with our Irish guests show how deep the snow can get.