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Help me plan my Spring Ski Trip (April 16-24)

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So our Spring break runs a really late this year but we decided to go skiing anyway. I realize there's no guarantee for snow anywhere but we've narrowed it down to Whistler or staying in Tahoe and trying out several (or the best with most snow) resorts out there.

 

My question is, what is the best way and best time to book flights? Do flight prices usually go up the later you book? I was thinking it may not during that time because there will not be a whole lot of traveling. How do you usually book flights? I've found that Hotwire has gotten the lowest prices I've found yet ($400 to Reno, $530 to Vancouver, leaving from New Orleans).

 

I honestly don't think lodging will be a problem but we'd like to wait as late as possible to decide where to go. Let me know if you've had any experiences with booking in April. Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 11

You can get a round trip ticket today, using the dates you gave, from NOLA to Bellingham, WA for around $400.  Bellingham is about an hour south of Vancouver international and hugely less of a PITA.  If you planned on renting a car this might be a better option for you since crossing the border by land is often less of a hassle than by air.  Also, you could take a day and explore Mt. Baker since you'll be in the neighborhood. 

 

The best time to book flights is right now.  Prices are going up daily.

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Where did you find the $400 to Bellingham? The places I've seen have been the same price as to Vancouver...

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Oh yeah, sorry the dates I gave was 16-24th. I think We are planning on going 17-23rd.

post #5 of 11

Yes, flying on Sunday and Saturday is much more expensive than Saturday and Sunday.  Have a good trip whatever you decide.

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
  If you planned on renting a car this might be a better option for you since crossing the border by land is often less of a hassle than by air.


Good idea to fly to the states. Car rentals should be cheaper in Washington. You will want to make sure that you can take the rental across the border. It usually isn't an issue, but some rental agreements do not allow this.

 

I have always been waved through with air crossings, but usually get some level of search when crossing by car....

post #7 of 11
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If we go Saturday to Saturday flying into Bellingham will be $460 versus $520 to Vancouver. I would love to stop by Mt. Baker if we go through Bellingham. Does the snow hold up well in Mt. Baker? From what I can see they are mainly expert and advanced terrain which is right up our alley.

 

Though Reno is much cheaper right now at $400 round trip...

post #8 of 11

I like to use the kayak tool to search for airfares as it looks at multiple sites with one search- advanced features include date & airport flexibility, etc.  You can find it at the bottom of http://www.skilodgingrental.com/

 

With gas/oil prices going up, it is possible that airfares will follow, but there are lots of other factors that make it hard to predict although at least one site tries to-  http://www.bing.com/travel/ but I am not sure how accurate they are.

 

Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to have lower fares than Friday, Sunday and/or Monday, depending on destination.

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Does the snow hold up well in Mt. Baker?


There will be tons of snow left at Baker, you could ski into July in most years.  Who knows what the quality will be?  If I were you I would plan on staying in Bellingham on your last night and ski Baker that day.  That way you could bail on Baker if it looks like things in Whistler will be lots better. If you choose that you can drive to B'ham after skiing.  It's about 3 hours from Whistler to Bellingham, less at a low traffic time.  Baker is open only on Friday through Sunday in April, which should work out for you.

 

One advantage of Whistler is that you don't have to drive anywhere after you get there.  The place is designed to work best if you don't use your car.  You can use the local bus for free to get to the lifts and the Village if you aren't staying there.  It's convenient and comes often.  In Tahoe you'll need to drive to skiing, at least most of the time.  You might save as much in gas as the difference in your air cost, depending on where you go.

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Thanks. I appreciate the replies. We just want to wait as long as possible and keep track of where the snow is going. The upside about going to Tahoe is that we can travel 2 hours to ski if a storm hits nearby because there are so many quality resorts in the area. I feel like there will be a likelier chance to find the powder. I, however, would rather go to Whistler, but don't want to take the chance I don't know for sure if the snow will be good or not.

I guess we will keep an eye out on the snow and airfare and try to make a decision by late March... If anyone else has any insight or opinions about where to go, where to stay, how to get there, etc. let me know.

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I found $340 round trip to Seattle...I did some research and looks like its about 2.5 hours from Seattle to Mt. Baker, about 4 hours from Mt. Baker to Whistler. Is that about right? Those are pretty doable drives (we're use to driving from Baton Rouge to Summit County -- 22 hrs?). Now that I've looked into Mt. Baker it's making me want to stop by there more and more. I honestly haven't even thought about going there until now...thanks guys.

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