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Best Ski Conditions for mid April? Not too hard to get to.

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Looking for GREAT skiing the 2nd week of April 2013.  (No slush, no ice, no rocks, etc.)   One person is coming from east coast, one from west coast.  Thinking somewhere in CO or maybe Utah.... are the conditions still great or is it too late in the season?   Looks like many of the CO mountains close that week... is that because of deteriorating conditions?   Need some guidance please.

post #2 of 13

Trolling? Not sure if serious with the "no slush, ice, rocks" line.

 

Whatever, I'll bite: You can't really guarantee GREAT conditions at any time of year, but if you want a fighting chance, you go before April and definitely before mid-April. As you note, many resorts will be closed by then. Most UT resorts close in mid-April, with Snowbird being the lone resort carrying the torch from there. 

 

Basically, you take your chances if you want to ski that late. I've seen fresh powder at Snowbird in late April and May. But by the afternoon that powder often turns into wet, sticky crud. I think UT gives you the best chance for new snow but CO gives you a better chance for preservation because of higher altitude. Either way, bring your expectations way down or go earlier. 

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

I don't know what "trolling" means. Unfortunately we cannot change our dates, this is what we have to work with. It's going to be a pricey vacation and don't want to spend major $ for slushy or icy conditions (I live on the east coast, I can get that in VT for cheap!)  Is there a big difference between CO resorts for example?  Breck vs Aspen vs Copper?  What about someplace like Whistler or Tahoe, would they be any better, or is it all the same by that point?  Thanks for your input.

post #4 of 13

You might try googling something along the lines of "north-facing ski resorts."  Someone put together a great resource on that a while back and I thought I had the link in my favorites but I'm not spotting it.  Probably shouldn't be too hard to find.

 

That said, Telluride is a north facing mountain and holds its snow a while.  Arapahoe Basin, too, I believe.  Both are very high altitude, too.  Grand Targhee in Wyoming -- not sure if it's north-facing or not but they get a lot of snow up there.

post #5 of 13

I have seen conditions in mid-April range from mid-winter powder, ti fantastic spring corn in the Sierra.  We don't usually see real glop and goo until after that date, but mid-April is admittedly a transitional time when sun angles are high and temperatures can climb.  I have skied into early June and enjoyed it, but after mid-April, "blower pow" is an unrealistic expectation, unless you create a thread here that is titled something like: Show Me your Best April Pow!

 

You will get hundreds of shots of great powder in April from all over the West.  Take your pick.  Wait until mid-March and see who has great snowpacks.  Colorado is way behind the ball this year, as is California.  Things can turn around quickly so keep an eye out for where good accumulations, combined with altitude will give you a fighting chance for some fun..  the PNW and Western Canada looks like a winner.


Edited by Cirquerider - 2/19/13 at 4:11pm
post #6 of 13

Usually very good skiing mid April at either Whistler or Banff - how hard is it to get there ?

post #7 of 13

Bachelor, Banff, Whistler, Mammoth, Snowbird would be my choices for late season skiing.  Snowbird is probably the easiest to get too. 

 

If you are lucky you will have ice in the morning & slush in the afternoon but it will be sweet corn in between & beautiful sunshine the whole time.  The other options are total mush all day cuz it didn't freeze in the early hours, frozen coral all day cuz it never warmed up or a gamblers chance of deep, light powder which is certainly not unheard of that time of year.

 

JF

post #8 of 13

Whistler is always a good time. There will be slush, there will be ice, there will be rocks. Guaranteed. 

post #9 of 13

Agree with 4ster. I do my late season skiing at Snowbird, usually well into May and sometimes June and always enjoy it. No gurantee on great skiing by your defintion, though. 

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Skizilla View Post

It's going to be a pricey vacation and don't want to spend major $ for slushy or icy conditions (I live on the east coast, I can get that in VT for cheap!) 

 

Ski Snowbird and stay in SLC.  Get a room off Hotwire or Priceline for $40 or less a night.  Sign up for sale alerts from Southwest Airlines,  

 

That way it won't be pricey, and you can bring your expectations down a notch.  That said, you have a good chance at good skiing- just no guarantees.

 

If you were really serious about good skiing though, you'd adjust your schedule and make it work.  Where theres a will theres a way.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

I have seen conditions in mid-April range from mid-winter powder, ti fantastic spring corn in the Sierra. ...

 

You will get hundreds of shots of great powder in April from all over the West.  Take your pick.  Wait until mid-March and see who has great snowpacks.  Colorado is way behind the ball this year, as is Tahoe. ...

There, fixed that for you, no need to thank me...

 

Now mammoth may not rank up there with the Bird, but it's a pretty decent hill. And you can usually expect conditions to be really nice by Apr - Mar and Apr being traditional big snow months. The lower mtn gets soft, but rarely to heavy corn, and I've not ever had slush that early. And last year, a worse than avg year, Mammoth had 18 in of pow (and not wet) in early April, and it was winter. It's rare when that mtn doesn;t go til the end of June...

It could easily be mid-winter there in Apr, or really beautiful soft shell weather. Right now Mammoth still has the deepest base in the US, and with today's snowfall, that isn;t goin down. It's not gonna hit 50 ft this season, but it's been solid and well covered since early Jan. I haven't had to take a file to my skis all season...  Done 3 - 3day sessions since early Jan, and each one has had some really nice 'fresh' with nary a hard spot...  Heading up again in 2 days and expect to have this current snowfall leave 15-20 behind for my slidin pleasure...

post #12 of 13
Stay away from north star and dodge ridge, that's for sure
post #13 of 13

Probably depends on your budget and what is most important to you. Conditions aren't guaranteed anywhere mid-april. There is unlikely to be anywhere easier to get to than Snowbird. It's probably the cheapest too.

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