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Hey guys

 

Sorry if this is a common question. I've been doing a lot of research in planning a potential ski trip with some friends.

 

I went to Winter Park a few years ago, had a great time, and am looking to have another great trip soon. One problem, though, is picking dates that work for everyone. Right now, it's looking like if we go, we'll be going the first week of April.

 

My hope is that by the time March is over, everyone will have had their spring break already, leaving April a bit less crowded.

 

My two options so far are either Saturday March 30 to Wednesday April 3...or Wednesday April 3 to Sunday April 7.

 

For the first batch of dates, Saturday and Wednesday will be the travel dates, leaving Sunday - Tuesday on the mountain. That Sunday, however, is Easter Sunday...could that mean really bad crowds? Or, does it mean less crowds?

 

The second batch of dates avoids Easter, but the days on the mountain would be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I've read in many places that resorts start closing in April not because there isn't any snow but rather that people stop going by that time. Would that mean the weekend might not be as crowded versus a weekend earlier in the season? Or, is skiing on a Friday and Saturday awful no matter what?

 

Basically, I'm trying to figure out if I should be on the mountain Sunday-Tuesday or if I can get away with Thursday-Saturday in April.

 

Thanks for any advice! Looking forward to getting back there.

 

-Eric

post #2 of 7
Easter weekend usually is a big turnout weekend. Lots of schools are closed on the Friday. Sunday can be quite busy, but the Monday/Tuesday should be less crowded.

However, any weekend (Friday if there's fresh snow and Saturday/Sunday) commonly results in a bigger crowd than you'd see on a Monday/Tuesday.

So any location close to the front range will be affected by these factors.
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You didn't say where.Winter Park again?

 

In general, the further from Denver the better, especially on weekends or holidays. Think Aspen (my reccomendation), Telluride, Durango, etc.

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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Easter weekend usually is a big turnout weekend. Lots of schools are closed on the Friday. Sunday can be quite busy, but the Monday/Tuesday should be less crowded.

However, any weekend (Friday if there's fresh snow and Saturday/Sunday) commonly results in a bigger crowd than you'd see on a Monday/Tuesday.

So any location close to the front range will be affected by these factors.


Thanks for the reply. I asked someone else about Easter and she said 'oh come on, who would be out on Easter Sunday' but I was afraid your response would be the correct one. I was kinda hoping maybe the weekend crowds would die down a bit after March, but that's probably just wishful thinking. I understand Saturday, but Friday as well? I figured Friday is more about the rush of people trying to get up into the mountains on 70 after work, but what do I know ;)

 

Also, yes, it's probably going to be Winter Park again for a variety of reasons not worth going into, and I do realize that given it's a lot closer to Denver than other resorts, weekend crowds will be larger there than other places, but I guess I was hoping someone would say April is less crowded than other months.

 

Thanks so much for the replies so far, seems like for the dates I listed, it's pretty much a tossup.

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I am not sure how Easter will play out this year, but you are correct in your thinking that April is less crowded than March- lots of front rangers have put away their skis and taken out their mountain bikes and golf clubs.  However, if it is crowded and/or there is a storm, heading back to DIA is much tougher on a Sunday than mid-week.  Probably a toss up, but I think I would opt for the earlier dates as l think it is better to deal with potential lines and ski less your first day as you acclimatize rather than hit lines your last day.

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I am not sure how Easter will play out this year, but you are correct in your thinking that April is less crowded than March- lots of front rangers have put away their skis and taken out their mountain bikes and golf clubs.  However, if it is crowded and/or there is a storm, heading back to DIA is much tougher on a Sunday than mid-week.  Probably a toss up, but I think I would opt for the earlier dates as l think it is better to deal with potential lines and ski less your first day as you acclimatize rather than hit lines your last day.

Yep, definitely makes sense, went with the earlier dates. Thanks so much!

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Plus it will be much less crowded driving back to the airport on a Tuesday.

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