VIA's Snow Train to Jasper Returns for a Second Exciting Season - Offering convenient weekend getaways for outdoor enthusiasts



    EDMONTON, Nov. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada is pleased to announce
that its popular Snow Train to Jasper with its scenic Panorama viewing cars is
returning for a second exciting season. And the timing could not be better.
With Marmot Basin celebrating it's earliest-ever season opening, VIA's first
departure on November 30th will allow outdoor enthusiasts to get a head start
on the holiday rush. And for those still searching for the perfect holiday
gift this season, why not consider a weekend getaway to Jasper. There's no
better way to relax and enjoy an incredible journey through the Canadian
Rockies than with VIA Rail.
    Featuring VIA's renowned Panorama (fully domed) viewing cars, the Snow
Train to Jasper will operate from November 30th, 2007 to March 23rd, 2008.
    Offering Friday afternoon departures to Jasper, returning to Edmonton on
Sunday evening, VIA's Snow Train to Jasper is the ultimate in comfort and
convenience. For the outdoor enthusiast wanting to explore the quaint town of
Jasper, a VIA on-board attendant provides information on what to see and do
once you arrive. Snow board and ski enthusiasts will want to consult the
on-board Marmot Ambassador to arrange for the purchase of lift tickets,
lessons and rental equipment. It's one-stop shopping that allows travellers to
make the most of their time in Jasper.
    "When you're travelling to one of the most pristine ski destinations,
right here in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, VIA's Snow Train to Jasper
lets you relax and forget about our famously volatile winters playing havoc
with your plans." said Steve Del Bosco, VIA's chief customer officer. "It's
about sharing some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet with
Canadians as well as visitors to Canada and making it all easier, safer and
more fun".
    Located in magnificent Jasper National Park, Marmot Basin offers
1675 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain and 84 trails for skiers of all
levels. And the season is off to a great start with Marmot's earliest ever,
season opening on November 16th.
    "It's very exciting to be able to offer our skiers and boarders the
opportunity to get on the slopes so early in November", reports Marmot's VP of
Marketing, Brian Rode. "Our new snowmaking system that was installed last
summer is functioning perfectly and we will continue to make snow on the lower
slopes for the next several weeks".

    But there's more to Jasper than the slopes.

    Jasper is not just for skiers. Home to one of western Canada's premier
annual winter festivals - Jasper in January, or the elegant Centennial Snow
Ball, and family-oriented Winter Carnival, held in February, adding this
seasonal departure to VIA's current Canadian schedule gives travellers the
opportunity to extend their Jasper winter getaway.

    
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    Train  Edmonton to Jasper             Train  Jasper to Edmonton
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    7      16:00 - 22:00 (Friday)         8      16:30 - 22:30 (Sunday)
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    1      08:55 - 11:48 (Thurs/Sat/Mon)  2      12:20 - 17:30 (Wed/Sat/Mon)
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    The one-way fare for VIA's Snow Train to Jasper is $109.00 (CDN) for
adults, with discounts for seniors (60+), students (12-17 or 18+ with ISIC),
youth (18-25 with photo i.d.) and children (2-11), excluding taxes. Hot and
cold beverages, light meals and snacks will also be available for sale on
board. Snow Train to Jasper passengers also enjoy free shuttle bus service
from the Jasper train station to their hotel.
    Customers can visit VIA's secure Web site at viarail.ca/snowtrain to book
a trip on the Snow Train to Jasper. Train tickets are also available at VIA
stations across Canada. Passengers can also book their tickets for the Snow
Train or a trip anywhere in the VIA system by calling 888 VIA-RAIL (888
842-7245) or through their travel agent.

    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail connects the entire
world to the West's vibrant tourism industry. With more than 700 employees in
Western Canada, VIA is dedicated to improving the quality of passenger
service. From Northern Manitoba, across Saskatchewan and Alberta, to British
Columbia's Pacific Rim, VIA serves more than 100 communities. VIA continues to
develop, market and deliver services to meet the needs of Western Canadians,
in partnership with the people, communities and businesses served by passenger
rail.




For further information:

For further information: VIA Media: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate
Communications, (647) 228-1127; Megan Gibson, Sales, (604) 640-3747


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