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Spring skiing: Park CIty vs Whistler

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Planning a trip for March

 

Always wanted to check out both Park City & Whistler

 

Which has better snow in March

 

Also how far are the mountains from the airports ?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 16

Park City is only 30 minutes from SLC. Whistler is 2-2.5 hours. Both have great airport shuttle services. Both will probably have great snow in March, just depends on the year. Last year Whistler got dumped on and Utah did not. For the experience, Whistler can not be beat. The Village is truly world class. You do not need a car. You walk everywhere in pedestrian only streets. Whistler has the best apre anywhere. People can argue over who has better terrain. The snow is a lot lighter in Utah. Utah is cheaper, the VAT(Value add tax) kills. Except for buying beer in the state liquor stores. The beer in the supermarket is cheaper, but not the same thing.

 

Still, Whistler is more of a once in a lifetime kind of place. Plus it is very worldly, meaning a lot of different nationalities.

post #3 of 16

I have been to both in March many times.I've done the kids spring break trips for last 13 years to one or the other. The answer is that they are both good in March. However, at either it can feel like winter or warm spring or something in between. One advantage of Whistler is the huge vertical. Usually, even if you catch a warm period in March, the condtions on top half are still ok. Usually. However, one 2 week period I had in late March in PC was the best powder trip of my life. You never know. In my experience, Whistler is more crowded than PC. Also, it's a 2 hour drive from Vancouver airport and a 30 minute drive to PC from SLC airport. You can achieve the Whistler altitude effect in PC by driving to Cottonwood Canyons if it's a warm period. Probably a 40 minute drive.

post #4 of 16

SLC gets better snow to begin with, so if it's dumping it's where to be. If not, then there's way worse places to be than WB.

 

I'll be there in about 6 hours, and they haven't opened the alpine yet biggrin.gif

post #5 of 16
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Thanks, When does the rainy season start at Whistler ?

 

I heard March but I dont know

post #6 of 16
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Thanks, When does the rainy season start at Whistler ?

 

I heard March but I dont know

 

The best skiing of the season at Whistler can be March through April. Rain, in the PNW and Coast Mountains, rainy season IS winter. If you're looking for sun, think about going to Tahoe.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by HUBBSTER View Post

Thanks, When does the rainy season start at Whistler ?

 

I heard March but I dont know


January 1.

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

SLC gets better snow to begin with, so if it's dumping it's where to be. If not, then there's way worse places to be than WB.

 

I'll be there in about 6 hours, and they haven't opened the alpine yet biggrin.gif

 

Whistler alpine has been open all week and has been thoroughly skied. Blackcomb should be a go for tomorrow, including Spanky's and the glacier. Conditions are great for this time of year.

 

For OP: If you are talking specifically about the Park City resorts, I would say go to Whistler, the terrain is not comparable. LCC/BCC are another story. Whistler is a better "mountain vibe" too in my opinion, unless you stay up in LCC. 

 

The last few years there hasn't been much rain (up high) in Whistler in March, but it does happen. 

post #9 of 16

I'll say. I used to live in Vancouver, and always took spring break somewhere South, like Sun Valley, Utah etc.  Then you could expect sun along with new snow.  Whistler, you can expect rain down low, fog half way up, blowing miserable snowing up higher.  Rarely sun.  Yes the village is fantastic, but the weather I put up with throughout the winter I was happy to escape from in the spring.  They do get a lot of snow.  At that time of year, it will be PNW "powder", aka pretty heavy at times.  I wanted more spring-like sunny conditions, sitting outside at the end of the day rather than under the clouds and fog in the rain at the bottom.  But it is high, so yes the top can remain decent.  And Whistler/Blackcomb is absolutely huge, so you'll never run out of variety.

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  I wanted more spring-like sunny conditions, sitting outside at the end of the day rather than under the clouds and fog in the rain at the bottom.  But it is high, so yes the top can remain decent.  And Whistler/Blackcomb is absolutely huge, so you'll never run out of variety.

 

I've had a number of very nice sunny days at Whistler... but's it's easier if you're close by and can travel by weather report.

post #11 of 16
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Whistler alpine has been open all week and has been thoroughly skied. Blackcomb should be a go for tomorrow, including Spanky's and the glacier. Conditions are great for this time of year.

 

For OP: If you are talking specifically about the Park City resorts, I would say go to Whistler, the terrain is not comparable. LCC/BCC are another story. Whistler is a better "mountain vibe" too in my opinion, unless you stay up in LCC. 

 

The last few years there hasn't been much rain (up high) in Whistler in March, but it does happen. 

 

ONLY Peak chair has opened in the alpine, and only so far on Thursday.

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ONLY Peak chair has opened in the alpine, and only so far on Thursday.


Incorrect. Harmony has been open as well

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ONLY Peak chair has opened in the alpine, and only so far on Thursday.

Peak opened Wednesday, Harmony open since Sunday.

post #14 of 16

7th Heaven, Glacier Express and Horstman Tbar all opened today

post #15 of 16
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Planning a trip for March

 

Always wanted to check out both Park City & Whistler

 

Which has better snow in March

 

 

One of them. Pick one. Force yourself not to look at the snow report for the other one.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/115683/is-too-much-information-a-good-thing

post #16 of 16
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LOL biggrin.gif

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