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Trip Suggestions for Best Snow ~ March 13-20ish

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

My ski buddies and I are planning a later trip this year and are trying to figure out where to head for the best snow (and decent access). We went to Whistler last year, but were going to try and stay in the states this year. We do a lot of trips to SLC and Breck but are pretty open to anything. We were thinking about Jackson Hole but when trying to figure out the snow conditions I came across this site (which seemed to suggest staying away, at least for late march). 

 

The snow seems like it can be pretty hit or miss 2011

 

Any suggestions? We're pretty open, would like somewhere with decent options to stay and eat (we usually do a condo through VRBO or something as opposed to a hotel). We are all advanced skiiers and do like to hike when its an option.

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks in advance!!!

post #2 of 12

I usually ski Canada but for something different

the variety of beer Oregon is hard to beat so maybe look at Hood or Bend for the skiing.

Whitefish Montana has a decent brewery in town, seems like there are a lot of bars for a fairly small town. Nice hill close to town. Cheap too compared to Canada.

post #3 of 12

Welcome to Epic!

 

Every year is different (and week to week within the same year can be very different also), but for averages and suggestions for good times at various resorts check out http://bestsnow.net/

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post

I usually ski Canada but for something different
the variety of beer Oregon is hard to beat so maybe look at Hood or Bend for the skiing.
Whitefish Montana has a decent brewery in town, seems like there are a lot of bars for a fairly small town. Nice hill close to town. Cheap too compared to Canada.

We also got off to a heck of a good start this year. Whether that continues is anyone's guess.

There is also a new craft brewery in the Mountain Mall and another new one is supposed to open in Kalispell next month. Of course, they were supposed to open in August, so who knows?

Costco members can get tickets 2 for $99 in Kalispell.
post #5 of 12
Whitefish is half south facing. Midwinter the sun is weak and there's also a lot of overcast and fog to keep the snow nice. I have not been there in March to know whether the chronic overcast persists. But I do know that if the sun comes out for even an hour or two you will have instant spring conditions on that exposure in March.
post #6 of 12
Fortunately there is the north side and Hellroaring Basin. And that's pretty early in March.

The bad news is we can see this week.
post #7 of 12

I thought it was more about the beer - if your really just looking for the best snow late March - I would look north of the border again, Whistler or Banff.

Whitefish's Hellroaring side will hold up, the south side could be spring conditions. But that's the same as most other hills that time of year.

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

haha, mostly about snow. We can find beer anywhere!

 

Thanks for the replies so far!

post #9 of 12
Where you guys coming from and how flexible is your group? I'm a big fan of last minute trips, but a lot of people seem to like a more structured iternerary.
If your gateway is served by Southwest, I wouldn't hesitate to book flights to Denver or SLC. Both give you a lot of options if your willing to drive a few hours.
post #10 of 12

March should be good through most of the West?

 

None of us can predict a forecast, and even places getting the shaft now can be the place to be come March, so...

post #11 of 12
I looked back over the last five years for here. Comments range from best day of my life to eight inches of fresh powder to slush and bulletproof.. The only thing I can say is anything could happen.
post #12 of 12
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And that's pretty early in March. 

March 13th-20th is not early at all for south facing terrain.  It's about a month late IMHO.

 

 

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But that's the same as most other hills that time of year. 

No it's not.  The majority of resorts in Colorado are very high and close to half north facing.   Spring conditions mid-March are the exception more than the rule in such places.  The same goes for Alta/Snowbird and Mammoth.  The alpine sectors of Whistler and Banff also retain winter conditions through March most of the time.

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