Winter in Jasper #5 – Jasper Skytram and Whistlers Peak

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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.

Source: Wikipedia

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.

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After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

8 thoughts on “Winter in Jasper #5 – Jasper Skytram and Whistlers Peak

    1. Thanks Marion. Apparently they are called many different names, gondolas in Canada, ropeways in Japan, cable ways, etc. In San Francisco, cable cars means something totally different. Love the variants. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  1. The visit with the Irish visitors – seems like all the snow is in one spot. Must have been a heck of a storm. The wind up there can be crazy. We went up with our granddaughter and kids 2 years ago and it was strong enough to almost to blow the little one over.

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    1. What it was, was the snow cleared by the staff, so they could open the tram for the season. It takes a long time for all the snow to melt at 7,500 feet ASL. I can’t say I’ve ever been up there when it was calm. It is a great view, though. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan

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    1. I call it time travel. I remember those young Japanese students arriving just after our son was born. We hosted 3 more times after them. Always great to show the Rockies to visitors. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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  2. Looks like you made lots of wonderful memories in Jasper over the years, Allan. The views of the mountains are superb, but I have to say that you need a relatively clear day for the views. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. We prefer the views we have climbed up to, but whenever we have company, we take them up Whistlers. You would be wasting your time going up the Tramway in cloudy or foggy weather. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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