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Ski Spring Break– Early April?

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Hey everyone,

 

my friends and I were throwing around ideas and we were thinking about heading out west for spring break in early April. Our spring break begins April 2nd and ends April 12th, and we were thinking about doing 4 days of skiing somewhere. What places would y'all recommend, that are easily accessible (or at least fairly accessible) from Charlotte, NC, and that will still be worth the visit at that point in the year? So far, our list of possible destinations is Vail, Breckenridge, and Squaw– y'all know my skiing level (blue but moving up fast!) and my friends are all as good as or better than I am.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 7

Great time to visit Breck or anywhere in Summit County.  Low crowds, low prices, and usually snowpack is still very good.

April CO trip report from a few years ago:   http://www.epicski.com/a/colorado-spring-skiing-dont-fear-the-april

 

Very nice 2011 video from Loveland Ski Area that will stoke you out of your mind for April Powder:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93u70g3FONE

post #3 of 7

Summit County CO is an excellent intermediate destination in that time frame. Vail less so because the Back Bowls will be highly sun-affected and Easter is a very busy time there.

 

As always, I highly recommend Mammoth and Mt. Bachelor in early April.  Go to Mammoth in preference to Tahoe. The top elevation at Squaw is almost the same as Mammoth's Main Lodge.

post #4 of 7

I've been to Summit County 3 times in April and it has been fantastic all 3 times, so I will give it an enthusiastic recommendation.

 

Haven't done Tahoe that time of year but in a good year they make it to the end of may and Mammoth sometimes makes 4th of July.

 

Lodging etc... gets cheaper at that time so as long as you can get a decent airfare 3 or so weeks out look at who has the better snowpack and take your pick.

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Update– plans with friends aren't going to work out. I may still be able to swing Vail though since I could stay with my aunt and uncle– will the back bowls and blue sky really be that bad? By bad I mean like not skiiable– any snow is better than man-made snow in NC haha :)

post #6 of 7

Blue Sky and the frontside of Vail face north and should be decent, though in general the elevation range is 1000-1500 feet lower than in Summit County. The Back Bowls will be highly variable, but on sunny days you could get excellent spring snow by timing the varied exposures right.

 

If you're based in Vail and it's unusually warm, there's nothing stopping you from day-tripping to the higher Summit areas if they are better.  Your lift ticket is good at Breck and A-Basin anyway.

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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

Blue Sky and the frontside of Vail face north and should be decent, though in general the elevation range is 1000-1500 feet lower than in Summit County. The Back Bowls will be highly variable, but on sunny days you could get excellent spring snow by timing the varied exposures right.

 

If you're based in Vail and it's unusually warm, there's nothing stopping you from day-tripping to the higher Summit areas if they are better.  Your lift ticket is good at Breck and A-Basin anyway.

Awesome. Looks like there will be no shortage of terrain options, even that late in the season. Thanks!

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