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Last week of March - where to go?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi!
 

Planning spring break activities, not sure if ski trip is the best thing to do.

Any resorts would still have a good snow condition? Family-friendly with good ski school for kids, if possible

Suggestions?
 

Thanks,
T.

post #2 of 12

Welcome to EpicSki!  Would be easier to help if we knew a bit more.  Plenty of places will have good conditions in late March.  It's a matter of what fits in your budget more than anything else.  What kind of skiing experience does your family have?  Where have you skied before?  How old are the kids (elem, teen)?  How long a trip are you planning?

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks! I'm kinda new here :-)

 

We're traveling from DC, have been skiing for a while here (VT, upstate NY, WV, PA), but our experience is limited to East Cost. I don't think there are any good optoins here in March, so I'm researching possibility of week-long skiing trip to UT, CO, WY(?) - don't know yet what's our best bet.

 

Kids are 7 yo twins -  still learning, usually go to green-blue slopes whatever condition permits

My husband and 15 yo son - advanced/expert (limited to NE conditions)

I usually ski with kids, so comfortable on blues, might go to advanced terrain to join my husband/older son, but it's hard to keep up with them

 

I'm going to research all the options considering airfair/lodging/ticket price etc...

Any input is greatly appreciated

T.

post #4 of 12

There are so many options. I think you need to establish two basic things. 1) What is your budget? 2) Do you want to stay slopeside or will you be in a town and looking to go to more than one place while you're there (with a car, possibly)?

 

My first instinct, as it nearly always is in these general family situations, is Park City.

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Govnor View Post

There are so many options. I think you need to establish two basic things. 1) What is your budget? 2) Do you want to stay slopeside or will you be in a town and looking to go to more than one place while you're there (with a car, possibly)?

 

My first instinct, as it nearly always is in these general family situations, is Park City.

Good thought for a family, but wouldn't be my first thought for late March.  While Alta is a good bet for late March and early April, the lower elevation around Park City can mean snow cover is getting thin by then.

post #6 of 12

Always nice to meet another family in the DC/VA area.  My daughter learned to ski at Massanutten.  She's a tween now who I've completely spoiled by taking her to Alta Lodge for a late season week during her spring break for several years.  Needless to say, I think late March is a great time to be at Alta.  Have been lucky to catch a snowstorm for fresh powder almost every year.

 

You are correct in thinking that going out west during the last week of March makes more sense.  We have friends in DC who will be at Alta Lodge that week.  Their kids are 9 and 12.  We met them a few years ago when the kids happened to have spring break the same week.  This time we'll only overlap for a few days around Easter Sunday.

 

If you can swing airfare to Bozeman, the EpicSki Gathering will be at Big Sky the last week of March.  That means good discounts for lift tickets.  Also off the beaten path so might still find a deal for lodging.  Especially if willing to drive 10 min from Meadow Village instead of staying slope slide.  Can also do a few days in Bozeman skiing at Bridger, which is a major bargain.  Bozeman has a really neat museum that I bet your kids would like.

 

Have you ever heard of TheSkiDiva.com ?  You might get some other ideas from the moms over there.  I'm an older mom who got a chance to become an advanced skier after it was clear my daughter liked to ski.  My husband is a non-skier so he stays home and takes care of the dog and cat. rolleyes.gif

 

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Originally Posted by tatka75 View Post

Thanks! I'm kinda new here :-)

 

We're traveling from DC, have been skiing for a while here (VT, upstate NY, WV, PA), but our experience is limited to East Cost. I don't think there are any good optoins here in March, so I'm researching possibility of week-long skiing trip to UT, CO, WY(?) - don't know yet what's our best bet.

 

Kids are 7 yo twins -  still learning, usually go to green-blue slopes whatever condition permits

My husband and 15 yo son - advanced/expert (limited to NE conditions)

I usually ski with kids, so comfortable on blues, might go to advanced terrain to join my husband/older son, but it's hard to keep up with them

 

I'm going to research all the options considering airfair/lodging/ticket price etc...

Any input is greatly appreciated

T.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Govnor View Post

There are so many options. I think you need to establish two basic things. 1) What is your budget? 2) Do you want to stay slopeside or will you be in a town and looking to go to more than one place while you're there (with a car, possibly)?

 

My first instinct, as it nearly always is in these general family situations, is Park City.

1) budget is flexible, but there are too many things to consider...

2) slopeside is good, but not nessesary. More likely we would get a car - we prefer to rent a condo wherever possible (through vbro or such) - gives us more flexibility with kids

 

My main consern - snow condition at the end of the season.. The rest can be worked around

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Always nice to meet another family in the DC/VA area.  My daughter learned to ski at Massanutten.  She's a tween now who I've completely spoiled by taking her to Alta Lodge for a late season week during her spring break for several years.  Needless to say, I think late March is a great time to be at Alta.  Have been lucky to catch a snowstorm for fresh powder almost every year.

 

You are correct in thinking that going out west during the last week of March makes more sense.  We have friends in DC who will be at Alta Lodge that week.  Their kids are 9 and 12.  We met them a few years ago when the kids happened to have spring break the same week.  This time we'll only overlap for a few days around Easter Sunday.

 

If you can swing airfare to Bozeman, the EpicSki Gathering will be at Big Sky the last week of March.  That means good discounts for lift tickets.  Also off the beaten path so might still find a deal for lodging.  Especially if willing to drive 10 min from Meadow Village instead of staying slope slide.  Can also do a few days in Bozeman skiing at Bridger, which is a major bargain.  Bozeman has a really neat museum that I bet your kids would like.

 

Have you ever heard of TheSkiDiva.com ?  You might get some other ideas from the moms over there.  I'm an older mom who got a chance to become an advanced skier after it was clear my daughter liked to ski.  My husband is a non-skier so he stays home and takes care of the dog and cat. rolleyes.gif

 

We're actually across the river in MD :-) Our "home" mountain is Whitetail - small, but perfect for daytrip with kids... I think now they're ready to try something new

Thanks, I'm going to check both Alta and Big Sky

 

I'm going to check TheSkiDiva.com

post #9 of 12
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We're actually across the river in MD :-) Our "home" mountain is Whitetail - small, but perfect for daytrip with kids... I think now they're ready to try something new

Thanks, I'm going to check both Alta and Big Sky

 

I'm going to check TheSkiDiva.com

 

The most economical way to ski Alta is to stay in SLC and drive up.  If the canyon is closed for avalanche work first thing in the morning, usually can switch over to Brighton or Solitude and have a good day of skiing.

 

Lots of VRBO options in SLC.  I found a cute little house on the airport side of the city a couple years ago that would be perfect for your family of five.  30 min or less to drive to LCC or BCC.  A bit over an hour to Snowbasin in the event that they still have good conditions and enough lifts are open.  Well worth a day trip when visibility is good.  I bet your advanced skiers would get a kick out of going down the Olympic Men's Downhill start.  Let me know if you want to know more.

 

Several Divas go to Whitetail pretty regularly.

post #10 of 12

For late season, Mt. Bachelor in Oregon gets mentioned a lot.  Not as much to do besides skiing there compared to SLC.  Another off the beaten track idea is to fly to Spokane via Southwest and drive to one of several places.

post #11 of 12
+1 on Mt Bachelor for late March skiing. The skiing is usually very good then, could be full on winter or spring skiing depending on storm patterns. One thing for sure is that there will be plenty of snow still. For places to stay check out Sunriver for houses and condos to rent. Sunriver has indoor pools. One, Mavericks has a wave pool and another opened recently. It's a 20 minute drive to the mountain. Also check out the Seventh Mountain Inn. Both have lift/lodge packages which include free tickets for kids. Bend has a number of good restaurants and most are kid friendly.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by tatka75 View Post

1) budget is flexible, but there are too many things to consider...

2) slopeside is good, but not nessesary. More likely we would get a car - we prefer to rent a condo wherever possible (through vbro or such) - gives us more flexibility with kids

 

My main consern - snow condition at the end of the season.. The rest can be worked around

Well, if that is your main concern, I would indeed look at  -  Alta and the others near SLC. You can get a condo in SLC and just drive to where ever you want on any particular day (Park City resorts and Snowbasin too).

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