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Family Trip March 23-30

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Looking for a good resort town for a family trip and good snow conditions March 23-30, have 2 children ages: 4 and 7 and grandparents traveling / skiing. Looking for somewhere different then resorts listed below. Traveling from Florida...Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated

 

Been To :

Park City / Deer Valley

Snowmass

Breckenridge

Big Sky

Heavenly / Squaw

post #2 of 12

Welcome to EpicSki!  Nice that the whole family can enjoy skiing together.  Do you usually get slope side lodging?  What type of terrain do the adults like?

 

I keep hearing good things about Sun Valley, but don't know how conditions usually are in late March.  Mammoth is another possibility.

post #3 of 12
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The grandparents havent been skiing in 10+ years, the rest of us usually ski blues / blacks, we would prefer slope side lodging and or somewhere close to a gondola or town lift

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Crested Butte, Telluride, Steamboat all fit the bill...
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Oh yeah, Steamboat would be good.  I enjoyed the skiing and the town on a short trip with friends in the 1990's.  I was an intermediate skier then.  Lots of slope side lodging options.

 

Northstar is another possibility, although might be crowded since that's a spring break week.

 

You can use the Tags (right of Post #1) to jump to the EpicSki resort pages for basic info about those places.  Scroll down to find links to relevant threads.

post #6 of 12
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What about whistler or vail? 

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For me, I'd rather take younger kids and folks who aren't advanced/expert skiers to a smaller place.  Whistler and Vail are among the largest.  Certainly fun by all accounts.  But figuring out the best lodging option and day-to-day logistics would be more complicated than someplace like Steamboat.

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Originally Posted by larry1379 View Post

What about whistler or vail? 

 

By the way, the best way to search for relevant EpicSki threads is do use Google with something like "whistler children: epicski"

post #8 of 12

Sounds like you have the budget for something slightly exotic like Telluride or Whistler.  Or maybe the Alps, which makes some sense from Florida and would be a great opportunity to take advantage of rare grandparents participation and financial assistance.

This is a great website to scout out European ski resorts:  http://www.wheretoskiandsnowboard.com/snowfeatures/ski-resorts-across-the-us-and-europe-open-early/

post #9 of 12

Since it appears this could be an epic trip, grans and grand-kids with parents in between, in North America, I would wholeheartedly recommend Whistler-Blackcomb for the sheer scale, grandeur, the variety of long, rolling runs, to bowl-o-rama, steeps, deeps, and lots of intermediate and generally benign green slopes through beautiful terrain. You certainly have been to many of the other big mountains.

 

For certain family situational reasons, our ski trips may be coming to a close for a while though we have plans for this year, but even those may have to be shelved. So will leave you with this memory that remains sweet for this father of the last ski trip I did with my son, and it was to Whistler-Blackcomb - April 2012 

(though you have been to the other very convenient groomer-o-rama, Deer Valley already, for pure ski pleasure, Alta Lodge and Alta are pure ski joints with great kids programs and very European half-board and communal friendly dining if you like that sort of thing)

 

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THANK YOU FOR THE VIDEO, WHISTLER LOOKS AMAZING, WE HAVE NARROWED DOWN OUR CHOICES TO THE FOLLOWING SPOTS ANY INFO ON WHICH MOUNTAIN MIGHT HAVE THE BEST SKIING CONDTIONS IN LATE MARCH WOULD BE APPRECIATED:

 

1 WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

2 JACKSON HOLE

3 TELLURIDE

4 BEAVER CREEK / VAIL

5 STEAMBOAT

post #11 of 12

how late is too late for your decision - weather?   Also to consider is spring break ... I don't know anything about specifics on resorts for spring break but some may be better than others for crowds.  I hope to hit Steamboat for a day or two then hit Cooper/Summit area.  Bit more as to have the lower altitude to get used to, something of possible consideration.

 

I don't know a hard pattern can be pegged for this year yet but the PNW has been getting the early stuff, so waiting longer is better, but ...can't believe it's nearing Feb already ...

post #12 of 12

Tony Crocker is the resident expert on Snow History, mountain conditions etc. 

 

Another source on historical snow levels by month and year for several years is "www. igluski.com"

 

Finally, WB had tremendous powder Easter 2011, which was mid-to-3rd week of April; 2012 Easter again April, more hard-pack but you saw the snow in the video, and in March they reported non-stop powder conditions. While I am no expert skier, intermediate at best, a lot of serious WB terrain is ideal when snow is deep, then the steeps become more manageable (Same goes for JH or Snowbird or anywhere).

 

I would venture a guess, from your list, WB is your best bet but late March many places could have good snow. 

 

Would suggest Tony Crocker, searching each of those spots on this site, with late March commentary, and of course Igluski which is empirical history. Good luck.

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