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When would be the best week in March to take my family skiing?  I am thinking about the crowds and snow condition.  My family has never been skiing before.  Where would be a good place to get my girls ski lessons(they are 9 & 8)?

post #2 of 13

You ask a big question.  All I can say in answer is that in March the snow is pretty good in most of North America, lousy in South America, New Zealand, and Australia. I have no experience in Europe or Japan, though they're probably pretty good too.

 

Can you give a little more information?  Where are you?  How far will you go to get to good skiing? Are you looking to fly to a resort or drive?  What sort of an experience are you looking for?  Do you want a family friendly place, or one more involved with shopping, or ?.

 

post #3 of 13

Where do you live? Why March?

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Depends on where you want to go and spring breaks.  Big Sky in March is not crowded and has the best snow of the season then.  It is also harder to travel to than areas out of Denver or Salt Lake.  The local college and high school spring breaks do make it more crowded.  Also most areas are less crowded during the week than on weekends so if you can do weekday vacations that helps the crowd situation.  This is especially true in the Colorado areas with large crowds coming from the metropolitan areas on the weekends.

 

If you have never skied before I would suggest a local area if you have one.  Virtually all areas have ski schools and 99% of them are very beginner oriented.  I also would think a short trip locally would "get your feet wet " and you would find out if everyone likes skiing.

 

So if you live in Florida you will have different decisions to make than if you live in snow country.  With some more info as to where you live, how long do you want to go for and what is your budget, I am sure the EpicSki community will have 100 opinions as to where and when to go.

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I want to go skiing at Park City, Utah.  Worried about spring break and great places to stay for a family.

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My vote would be for Cloudmont.

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My vote would be for Cloudmont.



March is too late for "The Cloud".  They peak in January.  Ski Apache can be pretty good and not too crowded during spring break.

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March is too late for "The Cloud".  They peak in January.  Ski Apache can be pretty good and not too crowded during spring break.


Oh yeah! How could I forget Ski Apache? Because of the La Niña weather pattern this winter, we can expect lots of deep pow there, right? Should be an epic season!

 

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It is a case of NO ONE has skied before or they haven't, but you have?  Seriously, unless the vacation is for YOU and you're hoping they'll like it, I think a smaller area that caters to beginners is especially better during spring break (which it sounds like you are confined to).  All the big resorts have lessons, but during spring break, they will have lots of people on all sections of the hill and probably more so in the lesson area.  To me, an empty hill (or close to it) is less intimidating than one where the beginner not only has to figure out how to make these sticks work, but dodge other targets in the same condition.  So, look "under the radar" for places that most people don't think of.  Throw out that SKI mag top 20 list and look elsewhere.  If the vacation is for you, then look for places famous for being crowdless...  like those in Montana.  wink.gif  I don't think you should be tossing money out the window to ski out west, frankly, until EVERYONE can enjoy it.  Leave them home if you need to.  If needed, dump them at grandma's or whatever, but I certainly didn't take my daughter out west until she could ski most of what I skied because the experience would be lost on her otherwise.  I think she had five years under her belt of 20-40 days of skiing per year before she got the "big trip".  
 

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I want to go skiing at Park City, Utah.  Worried about spring break and great places to stay for a family.




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When would be the best week in March to take my family skiing?  I am thinking about the crowds and snow condition.  My family has never been skiing before.  Where would be a good place to get my girls ski lessons(they are 9 & 8)?



 

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It is a case of NO ONE has skied before or they haven't, but you have?  Seriously, unless the vacation is for YOU and you're hoping they'll like it, I think a smaller area that caters to beginners is especially better during spring break (which it sounds like you are confined to).  All the big resorts have lessons, but during spring break, they will have lots of people on all sections of the hill and probably more so in the lesson area.  To me, an empty hill (or close to it) is less intimidating than one where the beginner not only has to figure out how to make these sticks work, but dodge other targets in the same condition.  So, look "under the radar" for places that most people don't think of.  Throw out that SKI mag top 20 list and look elsewhere.  If the vacation is for you, then look for places famous for being crowdless...  like those in Montana.  wink.gif  I don't think you should be tossing money out the window to ski out west, frankly, until EVERYONE can enjoy it.  Leave them home if you need to.  If needed, dump them at grandma's or whatever, but I certainly didn't take my daughter out west until she could ski most of what I skied because the experience would be lost on her otherwise.  I think she had five years under her belt of 20-40 days of skiing per year before she got the "big trip".  
 



 




Great honest advice, some of the best I've seen here regarding trips in general.

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Personally, for my own kids I followed Sibhusky's advice about getting some less expensive local skiing in for a few seasons before splurging on a big trip, but I know some folks prefer to start with a big trip for various reasons.

 

EAST:

You don't state exactly which week in March coincides with spring break for your kids. This is kind of important if you choose the Northeast. If your trip is early March there will still likely be good skiing at most areas in VT, NH or ME and all New England ski areas will be empty and discounted.  You can decide exactly which place based on last minute snow conditions and best deals.  Almost anywhere will work for beginners, but some places have especially renowned kid-oriented ski schools and more additional nearby off slope things to do. By late March many ski areas in New England begin to close and conditions will be less optimal.  But some good places are still open in far north, especially for the level of terrain you will be skiing.

 

WEST:

Most western ski areas will be in great shape in early March, but possibly begin to suffer some deterioration of conditions by late March, not that important for complete beginners, since the beginner slopes are among the first to open and last to close at all ski areas.  If you want an attractive, uncrowded place in UT with likely good snow conditions throughout March, maybe consider Solitude.  Park City is a nice all around ski resort and would probably work very well for your group anytime in March conditions-wise.  A local will have to chime in about exactly which weeks in March are especially busy at Park City, I haven't been there in a long time.  Typically, later in March is less crowded then earlier in the month at most ski areas.

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I don't know where she is from, but there are many places that don't have "local" skiing, so beginners going west isn't a silly thought.  Seems to me that many never-ever Texans take their first trip to Colorado resorts, and they appear to keep coming back, so I guess it has worked out okay.... wink.gif  I do agree that finding a nice less-crowded area will make everyone happy; Solitude is a great idea.  I can't imagine that going there will be any more expensive than most places open in March, either. 

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I want to go skiing at Park City, Utah.  Worried about spring break and great places to stay for a family.


I think March is a very good month to go skiing, especially if you can avoid Spring Break.  While SB varies region to region, for Colorado, we look at the Texas spring breaks which I think are mostly 2nd and 3rd week of March.  Utah gets more West Coasters, so I am guessing, but think that first or last week of March would likely be best.

 

I agree with sibhusky that beginners don't necessarily need to go to the biggest area, but skied Park City as a kid and think it is good for beginners, especially if you stay slopeside (Snowflower is right next to a couple of lifts, including a beginner lift (although it is easier to ski back to from the blue trail).  Their main base area is also convenient for beginners.  They do have a lift from town, but I don't think it is as suited to beginners, IIRC.

 

One thing I like about PC is that they have a beginner only lift (or used to) at the bottom, but also have a bit more challenging beginner run from top to bottom.

 

Enjoy

 

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