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Revelstoke spring question

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Looking to head out on Friday for a week.  We were thinking of hitting Revelstoke since we've not been there yet.  The weather looks like it will be leaning toward the warm side with spring conditions.  With its western exposure, how does the snow hold up there and is a freeze-thaw cycle a concern because the sun comes around kind of late in the day?

 

We'll be traveling by car and probably stopping in Vernon to ski Silver Star for a day, maybe go to Kicking Horse for a day, and maybe Sun Peaks on the way home, but it's all weather dependent.  We also might hit the Oregon Coast if things look crappy in the mountains.

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Oh man, It hasn't snowed in like a week and up to 50F at the base. Good touring up top and there are moments on the mid mountain that the slush is fun. The main runs are still ok down to mid, but the lower is a mix of slush and dirt. 

 

Needless to say, conditions have been better, but it's still revy. 

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I would think the frequent fog can make timing the corn difficult?

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It's another variable for sure. Generally the fog is a winter thing, the fog goes away when the snow stops falling. 

 

Timing the corn is difficult more so because of the lift layout. The resort typically closes before the upper mountain turns to corn,  So the good corn snow is usually just above mid mountain,  So you will ski through it all, from ice, to corm, to slush on your way down the mountain.

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Currently 26F at the subpeak, 55F at the base. 

 

Not the ideal time to ski the lower elevations of the resort, but spring in the koots is awesome, it's like tahoe in the valley bottom, and the big mountains are prime. 

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Kicking Horse by my observation and lots of TR's has excellent snow preservation.  With the current weather and time of year I would go there rather than Revelstoke.   It's becoming more and more clear that Revelstoke is a January/February mountain.  Thankfully that's when I've been there in 4 ski seasons.

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Kicking Horse is reportedly good with lots of new snow. If you don't have lots of fresh snow, not so much... The epic gathering there was a debacle. Without the addition of a mid-station, the place is a contender for stupidest lift system on the planet. This time of year, if you have less than perfect snow, the top is likely icy and the lower mountain is likely mank and rocks and stumps. And there's no mid station...  Add to that the fact that the resort outright lied about conditions a couple days before we headed out. Only a few of us showed and no one stayed more than a day - it sucked that much. Maybe I'm just grumpy about a bit of bad luck, but I'm not likely to place that bet again.   YMMV...

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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.  Anyway, if anybody has other ideas, we don't leave until Saturday now, so we can have one more day of deciding which way to point.

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There are pros and cons for every month. It depends on what you're looking for. If you want to experience the best of RMR inbounds, come around mid january.

 

April is about the same temperature as Tahoe, with elevation being relative, when you get to the top of squaw, you are still lower than the 2 upper chairs at Revy.  

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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