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Thread Starter 

I have noticed a lot of people asking about where to plan to ski in April.  It's easy to mock such insolence but I know I have enjoyed some of my best powder days in April, and have enjoyed skiing the Sierra into June sometimes.  So here is a thread to post your best late-season shots.  They aren't the norm, but they can be unforgettable.  Sun, blue-skies and corn are all welcome because it's part of the best season, when tourists have gone home and the slopes are all yours. 

 

It's never too late to turn a season into a great one.  So why do people quit skiing in April?

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Best day of a very bad season, mid/late April 2012:

 

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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

I have noticed a lot of people asking about where to plan to ski in April.  It's easy to mock such insolence but I know I have enjoyed some of my best powder days in April, and have enjoyed skiing the Sierra into June sometimes.  So here is a thread to post your best late-season shots.  They aren't the norm, but they can be unforgettable.  Sun, blue-skies and corn are all welcome because it's part of the best season, when tourists have gone home and the slopes are all yours. 

 

It's never too late to turn a season into a great one.  So why do people quit skiing in April?

 

In Colorado April powder days are pretty much the norm. Lots of moisture in the air leads to lots of snow. I've had plenty of closing day powder days.  My birthday is April 4, and I'm almost skiing on my birthday- the first year I missed was last year. For about ten years straight I had a birthday blizzard.

 

People quit skiing long before April, is the sad thing. Most resorts empty out and are pretty much locals only after Spring Break, and even then a lot of locals stop skiing.

 

Most ski areas most years have better than Thanksgiving conditions well into May, and I have never understood why skiing falls off. I understand that a lot of tourists don't understand snow and expect that it all melts the first time the temperature hits 35*, but still.  I talk with many people that talk about how they go someplace for Thanksgiving every year to ski WROD, but have never dreamed of skiing in April.

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Thread Starter 

It is ironic how the hordes will line up to ski a White Ribbon of Death in November, and disappear while the snowpack is at its zenith.

 

April 7 2005: an oldie but goodie been posted many times before:  Get a load of those powder skis.  I ran out and bought a set of Mantras.

 

 

 

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April 5, 2012

 

Whitewater, British Columbia

 

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March 2009

April 2010

March 2011

This space reserved for Spring 2013. biggrin.gif

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Kicking Horse - Late March 2012 - mentally, I'm still not back...

itza tiny me...

 

 

 

life is good

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Mid/Late April 2009 in Colorado:

 

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

 

 

Katya in her first ski season in 2009 on the last weekend the resort was open: 

 

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

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some resorts in the east will close in April even if there is snow due to the bears (not ski bears, but actual bears) waking up from hibernation. Although in the last couple years that has not really mattered because the snow gods seem to have been shunning us.
 

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Terrible pic for sure, but this was June 9th last year, I was solo and it was really foggy. The 2-3ft of new, down to about 6000ft was as heavy/sticky as I've ever seen it. 


Edited by surfacehoar - 2/20/13 at 6:16pm
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Originally Posted by Blake Saunders View Post

Mid/Late April 2009 in Colorado:

 

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

 

 

Katya in her first ski season in 2009 on the last weekend the resort was open: 

 

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

 

 I think I caught the same storm.

Copper Mtn, CO April 17, 2009:

back for more on Apr 18 ski.gif

 

What the heck, not as deep, but not bad, adding Apr 16, 2009, Arapahoe Basin, CO:

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ha..just posted in the other powder thread....its already uploaded so here ya go:

 

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I have been April skiing since I started skiing way back in the '70s. Vail seems to be where I've spent the last 20 Aprils or so, only missed a few times, once back in '05 due to a move. and once due to a trip to Big Sky. At least 75% of those trips had freshies, some were daily events, but a few were 50 degree tanning experiences too.

I'm the camera buff so the only pics/video of me are from an A-Basin spring dump of 7-9" back in the VHS days of the '80s which has been posted here before.  Yes, it was bluebird.

Office laptop doesn't have those for your perusal.

 

Let's just say that April POW is our little secret, excluding last April of course.

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Last year the best snow was during March and April at Targhee... sorry about the shitty quality they were taken on an iPhone.

My brother wondering how soft the landing is, last week of March

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Pretty soft...

 

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Nate investigating another zone, first week of April

 

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And finding what he was looking for.

 

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April 2, 2011... Chair 11 in Vail.

 

AppleMark

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May 12, 2007. From the chute between Vengetindane in Romsdalen, Norway. A nice dump  (~30 cm) came that bonded very well to the corn snow underneeth. Since it's northfacing it stayed dry even on a bluebird dreamday. Altitude 500-1800 moh. Sometimes we do get snow on our national day 17. may, even at sea level , but very rarely does the powder last long...

 

 

The descent followed the red dotted line on the picture below:

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Best and some of the latest powder.

Tyrone Shoelaces, Kirkwood, Upper Hell's on June 18, 2005:

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Me on 2008 Memorial Day weekend at Mammoth:

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Thread Starter 

Excellent!

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Last day of the season 2007 at Mt. Baker.  See that short sign pole just above the skier's hand?  When the snow's gone it's about 20 feet high.

 

Shuksan w tele.JPG

 

While I have no photos of the day, my favorite memory of a big powder day in late season is when Easter was mid-April, I think it was 2008.  On Easter Sunday I had just skied a fabulous top to bottom uncut powder run, maybe knee deep or so.  Just after I loaded the chair for my next run, and while I was still giggling over the fact that I was there and nobody else seemed to be, my phone went off.  It was a ski buddy calling to gloat that he was sitting on the beach in Hawaii.  When we got done with that conversation he was ready to jump on a plane for home.


Edited by Posaune - 2/23/13 at 11:40am
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