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Late April skiing [flying from PA]

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My son is off from April 16th through 20th. I want to go on a ski trip west then. We live in PA. What is the best bet for skiing then. My son is more advanced than I am. I'm an advanced blue skier. We want to see powder if possible. I'd appreciate any advice possible.

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Go to the search bar at the top of the page and enter "skiing in April."  You will find more information than you can handle.

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My son is off from April 16th through 20th. I want to go on a ski trip west then. We live in PA. What is the best bet for skiing then. My son is more advanced than I am. I'm an advanced blue skier. We want to see powder if possible. I'd appreciate any advice possible.

Welcome to EpicSki!  I have friends who will be skiing at Alta that week.  Alta closes on April 20.  The downside is that the Supreme lift will already be closed.

 

Planning in advanced means that catching a late season powder storm is a matter of luck.  I've been lucky twice at Alta in April in the last five years.  Extended a planned 1-week spring break trip for me and my daughter by two days to ski the fresh powder, as in 10+ inches of new snow.

 

Where do you usually ski in PA?  Do you do any of the blacks there?  Where have you skied out west?

 

By the way, I moved your thread to Resorts & Travel.  Trip Reports is for threads about completed or in progress ski trips.

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marznc,

We just moved to PA from RI. We skied Okemo there, and lots of NH resorts. We ski at Blue Mountain in PA, since that's closest to our home. I ski the black diamonds here. Lots of ice but still nice. My son likes tree skiing and has just started working on moguls with an instructor. We like having fun and really want to try powder skiing.

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Book some flights on Southwest to either DEN or SLC. I'd hold off on a accommodations till you see who has the best deal & conditions.
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marznc,

We just moved to PA from RI. We skied Okemo there, and lots of NH resorts. We ski at Blue Mountain in PA, since that's closest to our home. I ski the black diamonds here. Lots of ice but still nice. My son likes tree skiing and has just started working on moguls with an instructor. We like having fun and really want to try powder skiing.

In that case, there are a lot of places to choose from.  Click on the Topic Tag for spring skiing that I added in the right hand column.  That will take you to a list of related threads.  Click on More to see all of them.  Here are a couple to get you started.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/120382/easter-skiing-2014-from-april5th-recommendations

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/121136/mid-april-family-trip-to-slc-thought-suggestions-or-co-or-other

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Thanks, that's really kind!

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Book some flights on Southwest to either DEN or SLC. I'd hold off on a accommodations till you see who has the best deal & conditions.

+1 on flying Southwest.  2 free checked bags.  Plus can make a change with no extra charge, just the difference in the fare.

 

One reason I prefer SLC to DEN is that the places in Colorado that are good in late season are at a relatively high altitude.  For some people, sleeping at over 9000 ft can be an issue.  For a short trip, sleeping in SLC and driving 30 min up to ski makes it easier to avoid altitude adjustment issues.

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I agree with the recommendation of booking either to DIA or SLC. I've had a lot of luck in Summit County in the spring.
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Salt Lake is nice for other reasons too, including the lake itself and the cool gems/stones one can purchase in the area.

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Salt Lake is nice for other reasons too, including the lake itself and the cool gems/stones one can purchase in the area.

I have never experienced these things, but the mountains are lovely. biggrin.gif
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Great place for a nice long walk. The mix of Native American culture and Western lifestyle is very unique. Then, of course, there is the whole Mormon culture as well. A very interesting mix! It's definitely worth taking in.

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For GUARANTEED conditions that late only Sunshine and Lake Louise will be 100% open.

 

Vail may be Ok, and maybe Winter Park and Steamboat.

 

Enjoy!

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For GUARANTEED conditions that late only Sunshine and Lake Louise will be 100% open.

 

Vail may be Ok, and maybe Winter Park and Steamboat.

 

Enjoy!


Whistler/Blackcomb last day for both mountains is April 21. It will still be winter in the alpine and plenty of good deals to be had.

April is my favorite month at Whistler. Afterward just Blackcomb stays open to late May. No Peak to Peak when only one mountain is in operation.

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