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As of now, where would YOU go Apr. 16-23: Whistler or Tahoe?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

As of today (March 9) where would YOU go? We're two poor college students looking to take a trip for spring break but don't want to waste our money. Tahoe would give us more options for better snow, and Whistler...I've just always wanted to go to Whistler. Tahoe has been getting dumped while Whistler no so much. We are advanced to expert skiiers looking for challenging off piste runs. Pow would be so awesome but I understand that's a crapshoot...Where would you go if you were us?

post #2 of 15

They're both good.  Whistler you wouldn't need a car. Tahoe would be difficult without one. 

 

Just to add to the confusion, have you thought about Snowbird?

http://www.snowbird.com/lodging/hotdeals.php?deal=33

post #3 of 15

Snowbird may not be open then. They tend to close mid-April. You might want to look at Mammoth. they stay open until May and have been getting dumped on all season long.

 

Many ski areas have contracts with the forest service that require they close mid-April regardless of snow conditions.

post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Robin Sadler View Post

Snowbird may not be open then. They tend to close mid-April. You might want to look at Mammoth. they stay open until May and have been getting dumped on all season long.

 

Many ski areas have contracts with the forest service that require they close mid-April regardless of snow conditions.


Sbnowbird is usually open into June, although the last 2-4 weeks may be Fri, Sat, Sun only. My last days the last two years were May 31 and June 8 and they were open several more weekends in both cases.
 

 

post #5 of 15

For what it's worth, my wife and me are going to Tahoe that exact same week. I chose Tahoe because:

  1. we've never been there
  2. cheap flights into Reno
  3. numerous choices of resorts, even that late in the season
  4. option of driving to Mammoth for even more terrain

 

I'm assuming you're from the US, and if so you might want to wait until the dollar advances before doing an "International" trip. You can realize a lot of savings by waiting for a stronger dollar versus the currency in the country you're visiting. Right now the US & CAD dollars are about par. Of course, you could end up waiting forever as the dollar may never recover, but relative currency strength is always something to consider before booking an international trip when you're price sensitive.

 

 

post #6 of 15

Besides not needing a car at Whistler, there is a quite inexpensive hostel there and free bus service.  Lift prices are not cheap, but better in April than in the peak season.  Beer, however, is incredibly expensive.

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies. I have thought of Snowbird but my friend snowboards so we wouldn't be able to go to Alta. If I make a trip out there I want to get both mountains in so I will wait to go there for a later date. We were leaning towards Tahoe so we can choose from a number of resorts. Whistler also hadn't gotten an extremely large amount of snow but they have been getting pounded the last 3 days.

 

Tahoe is definitely financially a better option with cheap hotel rooms and numerous resorts. The only thing that is holding us back is that we are both 20 and can't rent a car...I do have a 23 year old brother that looks exactly like me so I am contemplating using his ID...I know it's a TERRIBLE idea but...if we don't do that we will rent a Uhaul van (only $20 a day) but they also charge per mile which will add up when traveling to resorts in the area.

 

Historically, who do you think gets more new during the time we will be there? I know pow days in mid-late April is asking a lot but that would be nice.

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by kkamo1 View Post

we are both 20 



You need to know, if you don't already, that the drinking age is 21 in CA and NV, but it's 19 in B.C.

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Yeah we've thought about the drinking age but we're not too worried about it...we're just mainly going to ski but I know Whistler has the Telus Ski and Snowboard Festival which seems like a good time

post #10 of 15

I think both places would be great. I've been to Whistler a lot and I just came back from my first trip to Tahoe.

 

Some things to think about:

 

Whistler is mostly bowl skiing in that point in the year. A lot of the lower trails get washed out due to low elevation, which means that most East Coast-style narrow tree runs are closed. On the other hand, if you're into open bowls, nothing beats Whistler. In particular, Blackcomb glacier is amazing. You could spend all day there and not get bored. Ask a local about Spanky's Ladder if you really want some great, advanced skiing at Blackcomb.

 

My experience at Tahoe, on the other hand, was not great. Mind you, I only went to Heavenly, but I found the skiing to be quite boring. I would not go back for a second visit. On the other hand, that leaves ten or so other resorts in the Tahoe area. But, the other comments are right, they are very hard to get to without a car. Heavenly is popular because there are a lot of cheap motels at its base.

 

Someone also mentioned Mammoth. I have not been personally, but a quick look at their trail map makes me drool.

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

Bowl skiing is mainly what we are looking for. Whistler is easier to get to but lodges are almost double what we could get in Tahoe. Consequently, renting a car will also add to our budget if we were go to Tahoe. We will be going to Heavenly if we were to go to Tahoe, but we will definitely also ski Alpine Meadows and Squaw. As far as advanced terrain goes, I feel like those three are the most talked about for that area. About how long does it take to drive from Squaw/Alpine to Heavenly? We just want to find the powder and I feel like going to the Tahoe area will give us the best chance. If any Tahoe locals can tell me aprox. times from resort to resort I would appreciate it. Also, if you recommend any resorts to hit up for advanced/expert terrain with bowls that would be nice. Thanks.

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by kkamo1 View Post
Tahoe has been getting dumped while Whistler no so much.


Not sure where you are getting your info, but Whistler is getting dumped on this season. Season average is just over 10m (33ft) and so far we have got 12.94m (42ft). Some of the best coverage I have seen here.

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

At the time I was looking at how much snow they had gotten the last couple weeks compared to what Tahoe had gotten. Whistler has been getting pounded the last couple days though...So you think the snow up top will be perfectly fine between April 16-23?? We will be skiing the top half of the mountain (bowls, glaciers), anyway.

post #14 of 15

It's about an hour between South Lake Tahoe (Heavenly) and Squaw. It can be a lot more, however, if it's snowing out because the road up the west side of the lake is pretty gnarly ... think avalanche warnings and such.

 

I think you will be disappointed with your experience at Heavenly. I know that I was.

 

My vote is strongly for Whistler. It is the kind of skiing you will never, ever forget.

post #15 of 15

Also, there are busses that will pick you up right at YVR and take you to Whistler base village. It couldn't be easier. 

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