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Where is the best value for a beginner to learn to ski in Spring 2013?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi Guys,

 

I'm based in Champaign, IL and am new to skiing.

 

I'd like to seek your opinion what you feel is the best place to ski (and learn to ski) for two 21-year old guys who want to depart during their Spring break (16 March - 24 March)

I've heard that Lake Louise in Canada is a good idea due to the relative strength of the US dollar, what do you think?

 

Thanks in advance for your advice!

post #2 of 7

Canadian Dollar is actually higher than the US Dollar by .27 of a cent.

 

However there are some awesome places across Canada that will still have fantastic skiing conditions mid to late march. Even Tremblant in the east will still be open at that time of year. If you are set on going west, Lake Louise (Banff National Park) is a fantastic choice because you have access to 3 resorts.

post #3 of 7

Canada is great, but it seems to cost way more than US resorts. Maybe as a package, the price gap would narrow.

For Spring Break, do you want to party?

I'm past my partying days, but skiing/value wise you'd do really well with a Salt Lake City trip.

Colorado or High Sierra, lake Tahoe probably have good apres scene.

post #4 of 7

Banff has lodging and tri area lift passes (Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper) for $1300/week.

post #5 of 7
I learned to ski at Sunshine village in Banff about ten years ago. They have some great instructors. They now do a very good learn to ski package for about 170 Canadian which includes equipment rental, a day ticket and a full day of lessons. It is a nice place to learn because you get more of a sense of being up at the top of the mountains. In contrast to most resorts, the base area, where the beginner slopes are located, is at mid mountain. Their magic carpet beginner area is perhaps not as good as lake louise. Ski big 3 used to do a 3 day learn to ski package that went to Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise. That is good fun too. By late April, early May, the snow at sunshine will be the best of all three.

If you want a very uncrowded and large beginner area then you could always consider kicking horse, where you could stay on hill. However, for off hill activities, staying in Banff is your best option, which would rule out kicking horse.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi Guys,

 

Just an update, in the end I'll be going to Jackson Hole with the university ski club.

I also managed to pick up some basic lessons in Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin so I won't be totally lost.

Looking forward to it!

post #7 of 7

Not sure your alpine  valley resort lesson will prepare u for what your about to see in JH but good luck, id take another lesson or 3 in jackson.
 

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