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Looking at a time share exchange.  Best bet for snow? Stowe, Sugarbush or Beaver Creek.  Went to Jay this year and it was great but if I can swap a week at the shore for it, all the better.  The Beaver Creek place looks so so and add the flight it is not as appealing but it is a great mountain.  

 

Any thoughts if I have to book way in advance?

post #2 of 12

In late March, is this a serious question?  Unless you're morally opposed to getting on an airplane Beaver Creek is a no-brainer.  Can Vermont be great in late March?  Sure, it was this year, but 2 years ago it had almost totally melted out.  If you're deciding where/whether to go a few days ahead you'll get lots of good skiing in Vermont.  But timeshare swaps have to be done "way in advance" (OP's quote, not mine).  That's why this should be a clear cut decision.

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The Beaver Creek place looks so so...

 

Anywhere in the Beaver Creek Village is going to be pretty nice.  So so and Beaver Creek usually don't go together.  Which condo are you looking at?

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In late March, is this a serious question?  Unless you're morally opposed to getting on an airplane Beaver Creek is a no-brainer.  Can Vermont be great in late March?  Sure, it was this year, but 2 years ago it had almost totally melted out.  If you're deciding where/whether to go a few days ahead you'll get lots of good skiing in Vermont.  But timeshare swaps have to be done "way in advance" (OP's quote, not mine).  That's why this should be a clear cut decision.


Not morally opposed by any means. This year over winter break we swapped for Sun Valley. Great mountain, no snow. I have been to Beaver Creek when conditions (early season) were quite bad.

Thing is Vermont is a drive. 4 to 6 hours depending where. CO is a flight with 2 kids and 4 sets of skis. Dollars and frustration add up. Plus wife and kids are not going to be bombing down Birds of Prey.

So really not having skied late season in Colorado want to get worst case estimates. Like I said, loved Jay in mid April. But again this was a great winter. Planning in advance I tend to think worst case.

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I think late March at Beaver Creek is likely to be good to great, plus it's not too far from real high elevation terrain at Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge.  Good conditions in CO are much more likely late season than early season.  Northern VT will have something and it could be good, but more likely spring skiing with less than optimal trail coverage.  If you're watching budget Sugarbush probably most affordable of the three mtns you mention.  This past spring was exceptionally cool and good for snow preservation in the East.

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So really not having skied late season in Colorado want to get worst case estimates. Like I said, loved Jay in mid April. But again this was a great winter. Planning in advance I tend to think worst case.
 

 

Last week of March at Beaver Creek isn't late season.  It's really prime season with typically prime conditions.

 

Worst case is really good.  Closing day is usually  April 12-15th and conditions are almost always really good with most runs open with spring snow, good coverage and a few thin spots starting to show.  Worst case for end of March is it looks like the conditions on a typical April closing day, which is really pretty decent.

 

You can look at the historical snow depth back to 2007 here:

http://www.onthesnow.com/colorado/beaver-creek/historical-snowfall.html?&q=base

 

2011-2012 was a horrible year, but there still was a 40+ in base at Beaver Creek on the last week of March.    That's enough to keep most the runs open, but you are probably seeing some rocks in the troughs of bump runs, and maybe a few bare spots showing through on cruisers here and there.

post #7 of 12

When we were doing ESA Stowe in the beginning of December, @epic was urging us to do a week long event later in the season so we could have an ESA Stowe while Stowe was in all its glory.  

 

Hopefully he'll pop in to give his locals thoughts on Stowe. 

 

As for me, I had so much fun at Beaver Creek this past season that I can't imagine it not being worth the trip.   Lets face it, Its skiing.  You'll have fun no matter which one you pick, unless someone gets a miserable amount of snow. 

post #8 of 12

I'm w/ TC. Beaver Creek all the way. It's a no brainer.

Keep in mind your ticket will work for Vail. You'll have 7,000 total acres to explore between two great mountains.

 

 

post #9 of 12
If your "winter break" trip to Sun Valley was Christmas Week, there are a lot of seasons where that will be snowmaking dependent.

Colorado late March is indeed "prime season" most places. 2012 was bad and 2002 was not so good. Otherwise yes you have a 90% chance or so of good to excellent conditions.

In the East percents of terrain start declining on average after mid-March. At least 1/3 of seasons late March will be as bad or worse than Colorado's worst ever in 2012.
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Anywhere in the Beaver Creek Village is going to be pretty nice.  So so and Beaver Creek usually don't go together.  Which condo are you looking at?

In Avon actually, the place that was available was The Christie Lodge.

http://www.intervalworld.com/web/cs?a=1503&resortCode=TCL&parentResortCode=TCL#.U4zvNPldV6M

Certainly not horrible but not luxury.  Fine for me, and fine for wife and kids presuming there is plenty of snow for skiing.  Fairly bare bones though.  

post #11 of 12
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Thanks for all the tips.  Looks like Beaver Creek might be a good option.  I know the wife loves the place.  

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If your "winter break" trip to Sun Valley was Christmas Week, there are a lot of seasons where that will be snowmaking dependent.

Colorado late March is indeed "prime season" most places. 2012 was bad and 2002 was not so good. Otherwise yes you have a 90% chance or so of good to excellent conditions.

In the East percents of terrain start declining on average after mid-March. At least 1/3 of seasons late March will be as bad or worse than Colorado's worst ever in 2012.

Sun Valley was Christmas Week.  The snowmaking was great. Natural snow, none to be seen.  Still a great trip.  

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