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Mt Tremblant at the end of March

post #1 of 10
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My family and I are planning on travelling skiing in Tremblant from the 20th to 27th March next year. What are snow conditions like and how many runs are open? I know they have snow making facilities, but we want good conditions as we're travelling from the U.K. I'd appreciate if people who ski there during the season and what the resort is like overall. If conditions aren't going to be great then I'd be grateful if somebody could suggest any other Eastern resorts. We'd rather go out west, but the travel time just isn't worth it. 

 

Thanks

post #2 of 10
It's been about 10 years, but our kids school break used to be the last 2 weeks March, so that's when we went in back to back years.

Conditions were OK (coverage was good), but like anyplace in the East, it's a complete carp shoot. The first year it was Spring conditions with temperatures getting into the high 50s/low 60s every day. The following year, it was mid-winter conditions. At this point, there's no way to predict what it will be like.

Personally, if I had to get on a plane, I'd opt for someplace out West. If you have to make reservations this far in advance, you have a better chance of good conditions.
post #3 of 10

hi, i ski at tremblant about 10-12 days per year and late march can be variable from year to year.

 

 

usually the season ends on the second or third weekend of april so even if it is a terrible month of march it will be open. if the march was normal then it will be close to fully open, if march was very warm, some of it can be closed (usually the soleil and edge areas close down first).

 

in terms of crowds late march is pretty good even on weekends.

 

in terms of weather it can be variable. you will not get frigid cold but you can get wintery conditions or spring conditions. i wouldn't count on fresh snowfall at that period.

 

 

as mentioned before... it's hard to now the condition late season like that but it will be the same in any eastern resort (but i don't have any suggestions as for alternatives).

 

so in summary:

 

it will range from hardpacked wintery snow to soft-spring snow.

it won't be frigidly cold like it can be in jan-feb.

crowds will be good.

it should be mostly open.

post #4 of 10

Tremblant is a regular trip for us, usually the first week of April.  But it's a drive-to ski destination for us and we wait until about 3 or 4 days before going to commit to the trip.  Most years it's good to very good, but some years it's a bit spotty and sometimes we don't go at all due to premature spring. 

 

Temblant offers a spring pass which gives unlimited days ~ mid-march to close for about $225. This should give you some idea of the level of crowds - if it was crowded, they wouldn't be offering a deal this good.  Nearby lodging also goes for cheap and since the place is almost empty you can wait until the last minute.

 

Tremblant is probably as good a bet as any for east coast late season.   If Tremblant is experiencing an early thaw the others will probably be in a similar situation.  Conditions will vary, as noted above.  I think it's a pretty strong bet that they will have something open to ski on, but it may be just the upper half of the hill in a bad year.  Of you may get lucky and get there just after a two foot dump like we experienced one year.

 

The last couple of seasons we've caught the last day of La Soleil and The Edge before those two areas closed for the season.  But we've been going a week of two later in the season than your plan so it's likely that the whole place will be open.

 

Bottom line is that I don't know that I'd fly across the ocean for an east coast trip that late in the season.  It will most likely pan out, but there's a chance it won't.

post #5 of 10

If you are coming from the UK just to ski the extra 4 or 5 hours on a plane is absolutely worth bypassing the eastern portion on North America for the west.  Yes it is that much better.  Are there not good conditions anywhere in Europe at the end of March or are you coming here for other reasons and want to add some skiing to your time on our fair continent?

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
We wanted to go somewhere different and we have always wanted to go to North America, but have always just gone somewhere in Europe instead. So while we're quite happy to ski in Europe again next year, we'd much rather go to NA. We're actually looking at places in the West now. I've looked at Whistler, but I'm afraid it will be really busy there as it's spring break (I know that everywhere will be busier that week, but not everywhere will be as busy as Whistler. Apart from that it's got everything we want. I've also been looking at Colorado of course, mainly Winter Park and Breckenbridge. Basically the criterion is be within 2 hours drive on an international airport and have plenty for all abilities. Any reviews on those I'm looking at or other suggestions?
post #7 of 10

i'm not sure how Whistler is impacted by spring break but i can tell you vacation period are nowhere near close to europe in terms of crowds... while it migth be busier i don't think it's anywhere near alps-during-school-Holiday busy!

 

plus Whistler is further to the US colleges so it might be less impacted.

 

 

Whistler is fun because it doesn't require a car at all, has snow, good terrain (for all levels) and what seems to be good ski schools.

post #8 of 10

With this possibly being your only trip to NA, it being late march, and needing to be close to an international airport (Calgary), you should consider no other area but Banff.  

 

While skiing at other areas may be comparable, you won't get close to the scenery, and overall experience you will get here (think wild deer and elk roaming the streets in a picturesque town among the "rockiest" of the Rocky Mountains).

 

Guaranteed someone will chime in and recommended the Salt Lake City areas or the high-elevation Colorado areas, but ignore them... they won't give you the trip of a lifetime Banff will. 

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post
 

With this possibly being your only trip to NA, it being late march, and needing to be close to an international airport (Calgary), you should consider no other area but Banff.  

 

While skiing at other areas may be comparable, you won't get close to the scenery, and overall experience you will get here (think wild deer and elk roaming the streets in a picturesque town among the "rockiest" of the Rocky Mountains).

 

Guaranteed someone will chime in and recommended the Salt Lake City areas or the high-elevation Colorado areas, but ignore them... they won't give you the trip of a lifetime Banff will. 

Perhaps OP and family prefer ski-in-sk-out to driving or bussing.  Personally I think it is late for Utah as I have seen it winter end very rapidly there at t he end of March.  What about other interior BC areas?  Montana? and yes Summit County, Co?

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by tpmac22 View Post
Basically the criterion is be within 2 hours drive on an international airport and have plenty for all abilities. Any reviews on those I'm looking at or other suggestions?

 

I don't think there are any ski resorts in the east that are more than two hours drive from a major airport.  Out west your options seem to be:

 

 

  • Whistler
  • Salt Lake City (Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton, PCMR, The Crayons, Deer Valet, Snowbasin, PoMo)
  • Tahoe (Alpine, Homewood, Squaw,Sugar Bowl,  Northstar, Mt Rose, Heavenly, Sierra, Kirkwood)
  • Big Sky (Montana)
  • Denver  - ( Breck, Keystone, A-Basin, Loveland, Vail, Copper, Beaver Creek, Eldora, Winter Park.  )
  • Banff (Norquay, Lake Louise, Sunshine)
  • Mt Hood, Oregon
  • Seattle (Snoqualamie, Stevens Pass, Crystal)
  • Jackson Hole? (see http://www.jacksonhole.com/by-air.html)
  • Taos?

 

Any of the above other than Snowbird has plenty for all ability levels.

 

The next question would be whether you want to park yourself in one place for the week and not deal with driving, or rent a car and drive to the lifts each day.  Cars and gas are cheap in NA, so given the price of slopeside accommodations it's often a bit cheaper to go with the car.

 

 

 

 

 

Other major destination resorts such as Aspen, Fernie, Sun Valley, Sun Peaks, Mammoth,  Telluride, Crested Butte, etc are not that easy to get to.

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