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North Carolina, Where? How much? (april)

post #1 of 9
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Hi! I'm from Argentina Smile 
I'm going to stay in North Carolina, Raleigh from the 28th of March till the 20th of May. 

As the experts in the "ski/snowboard" matter, I'll ask for your assistance Blush 

Where do you recomend me to go for snowboarding? Based on your experience...
And prices... they don't have to be exact, just an estimate. Budgets are a pain in the "backdoor". 

I know is not the most "suitable" time of the year, but it's what i have NehNeh 
Thank you so much, i apologize for any spelling trouble. I'll be practicing when i get there Embarassed 


Edited by SBMarco - 1/9/14 at 11:26am
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I hate to disappoint, but you won't have any options in the NC area for skiing in April.  As far as I know, every "mountain" closes in mid-March.  To be honest, you won't be missing out on great skiing.  I see the NC/VA mountains as a great way to get my legs in shape for heading out west.

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St Patricks' Day is pretty much usually the end of ski season in North Carolina. 

 

Appalachian is one of the smaller areas yet manages to stay open latest typically.  Perhaps because they have less acreage to push snow around on?  March 23rd is their proposed closing date weather permitting. 

 

Although, I do think I recall one really good late season blast last year that prompted one or two mountains to open back up for one last weekend in late March.

 

April hasn't ever happened in the time I've been skiing here.:(

 

Bring/rent a mountain bike instead of a snowboard.  You'll have plenty of opportunity to ride downhill trails during that time frame!  There are also a few skateparks around here.

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I knew it was late but I had to ask either way :(

Is there any chance i could find skiing areas in the USA those days? Maybe i can travel a couple of days...

 

I'll definitely rent a mountain bike, sound pretty good to me :D 

 

Thank you for the quick response! Truly appreciated

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Originally Posted by SBMarco View Post
 

I knew it was late but I had to ask either way :(

Is there any chance i could find skiing areas in the USA those days? Maybe i can travel a couple of days...

 

I'll definitely rent a mountain bike, sound pretty good to me :D 

 

Thank you for the quick response! Truly appreciated


Summit County Colorado is often open in to mid May, and Mammoth Mountain California has been known to be open in early July sometimes.  Some of the best skiing in the world can be had those places.  But it can't be easily had by car from North Carolina.  You'll need to fly to those locations from here unless you like driving four days + round trip.

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I'll be in San Francisco a couple of days i think... so it could be possible :o

Anyone knows the fees of Mammoth Mountain? Climb + rented gear?


Edited by SBMarco - 1/9/14 at 1:20pm
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I'll be in San Francisco a couple of days i think... so it could be possible :o

Anyone knows the fees of Mammoth Mountain? Climb + rented gear?


Actually, depends on the dates you'll be in San Francisco, some of the Lake Tahoe areas might still be open in the early part of April. It's a bit closer and probably easier to get to also.

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Your best bet will probably be flying to Colorado, Utah, or Wyoming.  Some of the California resorts (Squaw, Heavenly, etc at Lake Tahoe or Mammoth farther south) will still be open, but given how historically bad the snow has been in California so far this year I wouldn't count on much.  On the other hand, I'm in Aspen right now and I think they've gotten more snow in the last couple of weeks than Tahoe has since Halloween (OK, not really, but not too far from the truth).

 

If you can afford it, plan an early April trip to Vail, Aspen, Jackson Hole, etc, etc.  Not only will the mountains be open and have decent snow still, but there is really no comparison between even mid-winter skiing in the Southeastern US and the Western US in terms of terrain.

 

Bob

post #9 of 9

If you are in San Francisco there will be marvelous skiing in March, April or May in the mountains of California.  Not to insult the folks from the Tarheel state, but if you are used to the Andes, you would find skiing skiing in our southern mountains comical, even when conditions are at their best.   In March a trip to Northern New York or Vermont  would be a workable idea, but it is pretty far from Raleigh, for a short trip you would need to fly.   And if you're flying somewhere, then its better to go to the mountains in the west (California, Colorado, or Utah).  If you have a week then you could drive to the mountains in the north; Whiteface or Gore in New York, or Killington, Sugarbush, Stowe or Jay in Vermont.   Well have fun in North Carolina.

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