Planning a ski trip for Easter weekend this year. Will be traveling with grandma - 70 year old skier, mostly blue groomers these days, grandpa - 78 year old non skier, likes to sit in lodges, read and people watch, me - adaptive snowboarder due to a nerve injury, will probably do mostly blues and greens, the kid - 12 year old, likes blues and easy blacks, would like to have him in lessons so he can learn skills and enjoy the company of other kids.
1. Need to be able to leave home at 1pm, drive 1-2 hours to LAX and get to where we plan to stay and get to bed before the middle of the night
2. Not too crowded (hard going from a fast skier who only needs to worry about the people in front of me to being slow with people whizzing past, especially when you end up looking up hill at them all the time while snowboarding!!)
3. Good chance for decent snow conditions, ice is rather terrifying these days.
4. No car involved, would drive to Mammoth from home but for anywhere else do not want to deal with a rental car in snow
Would be nice:
1. Slopeside lodging
2. Good, and very convenient, food
Have done some research and so far thinking of:
Some Summit County resort
I am most familiar with Mammoth and Snowmass. We have done Snowmass on President's day the past 2 years and it was perfect for our group, have never been there in April. I am sure I have skied Mammoth on Easter weekend in April before, in fact I think one of the biggest dumps I ever saw there was that week, but it was also over 20 years ago. In general the idea of Mammoth on a holiday weekend is terrifying because of crowds, but I'm not sure what Easter weekend is like these days. The others I know much less about.
Any thoughts on crowds for these on an Easter weekend in the beginning of April (particularly for Mammoth, Summit County, or Brighton)?
I was thinking we will probably wait a bit longer before making plans to get a better idea of how the season is going (I know Mammoth is off to a slow start, yet again) but need to fly for most of these, so can't wait until the last minute either.
Any other thoughts for us?