Kicking Horse is reportedly good with lots of new snow. If you don't have lots of fresh snow, not so much...
I disagree. There had only been a scattered 10 inches in the 3 weeks before my day in late February, yet there was no melt/freeze, even in the south facing trees above Bowl over. KH has a cold climate, more like Louise/Sunshine than most interior B.C. places. I've seen other TR's with the same observation.
The epic gathering there was a debacle.
Of course, it was in 2005, the worst season for most of interior B.C. in the 40+ years of my records.
Without the addition of a mid-station, the place is a contender for stupidest lift system on the planet.
No argument there. My key reservation about late season is whether adequate coverage/surfaces can be maintained on the lower mountain. And avoid weekends or any time you think it might be busy. KH is having an average season in 2012-13. Is it the best place to ski in April? No, but it's quite clear to me that's it's a far better place to be than Revelstoke.
I'm getting the feeling we may be heading south this time. Oregon calls, not the coast but Bachelor and Hood Meadows. Or maybe east to Schwietzer et al.
Bachelor is one of the best, if not THE best, mountains for April in North America. FYI I had my first and only 50,000 vertical day there last year on April 7. http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10186 If that is an option, I would take it. Schweitzer has the same low altitude, sunny exposure issues as the lower 2/3 of Revelstoke. It's another great January/February mountain IMHO.