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First week April at Stowe

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We are planning to ski/board Stowe for 4 days starting April 1st (spring break!). If it's still cold enough, anyone knows, in a typical season, if Stowe winds down towards season end - closing trails and lifts? Officially they close on April 21st this year, per onthesnow site. How far or close to April should we make firm plans for lodge (thinking Stowe Mountain Lodge at the slope)? Very nervous about the condition at that time! Any tips would be helpful.

post #2 of 10

April is the end of things in Vermont.  You can have everthing from a big powder dump to half bare trails with slush and mud.  Impossible to predict.  Best holding off as long as possible to see how the spring pans out.  There are plenty of lodging options that time of year.

post #3 of 10

It depends on what you're wanting to ski.  The snowmaking trails should continue to have good coverage into April.  The natural snow trails (Stowe has a good number) will be much dicier.

 

That said, there's no reason to book lodging now.  There are a ton of lodging opportunities in the village.

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For early spring, on an average season, are trails at Stowe holding up better than other places between Stowe and Mount Snow? Or they are pretty much the same? The main reason we are going Stowe is that Killington and most other places schedule to close a week earlier this season. Looks like last minute lodging reservation is the way to go.

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Originally Posted by mont View Post

For early spring, on an average season, are trails at Stowe holding up better than other places between Stowe and Mount Snow? Or they are pretty much the same? The main reason we are going Stowe is that Killington and most other places schedule to close a week earlier this season. Looks like last minute lodging reservation is the way to go.

 

Stowe gets a LOT more snow then Mt. Snow does and is much farther north (i.e., better chance of staying cold), so I'd say that you have a better chance for good April skiing in Stowe then you do at the further south areas.

post #6 of 10

Unless March is super warm, most places should be in rather decent shape in early April.  They got a foot or more this week.  

post #7 of 10
I did stowe in early april 2 years ago and had a blast. It was 70 degrees but the base was enough to still allow glade skiing. It was was a weekday and they only had the main quad and bunny hill lifts open. Nearly all the runs on those lifts were open. The same weekend we skied mrg and Killington. They were great too. Keep an eye on the snow reports and you'll probably do well
post #8 of 10

The first week in April can be great and usually is at Stowe..........much better than southern Vt (Mt Snow).  I usually don't head up to Stowe/Jay Peak until late March or early April.  Normally ski Gore/Whiteface Mountains in NY.  Last year the season ended early, but that is not typical.  Northern Vt gets 100 inches more than southern Vt.

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Fingers crossed for cold weather sticking around for late March/early April. Weather forecast for the next 7 days is cold and snowy. It's good to know that Stowe snowmaking coverage is 80%, and an average 333 inches snow fall per year. So far they received 219 inches. Hope they'll get at least their average this season.

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 The main reason we are going Stowe is that Killington and most other places schedule to close a week earlier this season.

Actually, Killington is looking to stay open later this spring, hopefully into May.  The Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge is back on in April and the base on Superstar is huge.  Key to surviving a spring warmup in the east is base depth, altitude and exposure.  That favors central and northern Vermont.

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