Which has the best bet for quality snow in early April:
1. Japan (preferred choice but probably too late for good powder?)
2. Utah (Snowbird/Alta)
3. Canada (open to suggestions)
I live in the Middle East. 10 hour flight to Tokyo, 15 hour flight to Seattle.
I've been to the Alps once this year and am going again in March so I'm not looking at Europe for April. I've also got the same issue in 2013 since the trip is with my son and his school holiday falls in the early April this year and next year. I'd prefer to go somewhere I've never been (Japan, Canada or Utah). I've skied most of Colorado, Jackson Hole and Tahoe.
My recollection of Colorado is that snow is iffy everywhere in April except A-basin.
Maybe this year, but not generally.
Snowbird and Alta are also usually very good in April, but who knows what will happen this year? I've never see Snowbird offer the $99 deal this early?
Whistler or Banff in Canada may be your best bet?
Whistler is doing quite well this year. The snow pack will be very deep by April, even as the weather is warming up.
However, it is common for Whistler to have rain at the bottom in April. With over 5,000 feet of vertical, it can be raining at the bottom with excellent powder up top. Rain has rarely improved my state of mind for skiing, though.
While Whistler would be much more prone, it can rain anywhere in April. Mammoth is a great late season choice most years, but this year they've only had 130" of snow.
That's probably 50% of normal? Plus the place is a pita to get too!
Banff would probably be a great choice.