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Where will be the best skiing in the world this march?

post #1 of 9
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I have March 14-23 free. The US is kind of sucking right now, except for VT and I'm looking for something bigger. Looking for thoughts on where to head.

 

UT - a bad season so far, but March might turn around?

Whistler?

Kickinghorse BC?

Dolomites?

Chamonix?

Japan?

Austria?

 

This season, Im having a real hard time picking the spot.

post #2 of 9

Dolomites don't have enough snow, not even after the last layer. Moreover, this is more of a winter vacation than winter sports: the best cruising, food and surroundings you'll find in Euope, though.

 

I would suggest Monte Rosa, Italy (fly to Milan or Turin). Runs for everyone, great off-piste as well. I think @prickly can comment best on snow conditions out there, but I think they're great and will be in a month as well.

 

I would like to suggest Espace Killy as well (Val d'Isère and Tignes).

 

Austria is great right now, but is relatively low and has many south-facing slopes generally, that gets a lot of sun and heat as well. If you have to book so far in advance, I would go for Monte Rosa or Espace Killy. Chamonix is also an option, but is a different kind of skiing (more ski-mountaineering, or bus-hopping form little resort to resort).

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Dolomites don't have enough snow, not even after the last layer. Moreover, this is more of a winter vacation than winter sports: the best cruising, food and surroundings you'll find in Euope, though.

 

I would suggest Monte Rosa, Italy (fly to Milan or Turin). Runs for everyone, great off-piste as well. I think @prickly can comment best on snow conditions out there, but I think they're great and will be in a month as well.

 

I would like to suggest Espace Killy as well (Val d'Isère and Tignes).

 

Austria is great right now, but is relatively low and has many south-facing slopes generally, that gets a lot of sun and heat as well. If you have to book so far in advance, I would go for Monte Rosa or Espace Killy. Chamonix is also an option, but is a different kind of skiing (more ski-mountaineering, or bus-hopping form little resort to resort).

I haven't been following conditions outside my own valley that much this season, though I do know we have far more snow than the Val d'Aosta, and a fair number of skiers from northern Europe are showing up at my hill due to the amount of snow (about 480 cm base right now: http://www.skiinfo.it/lombardia/madesimo/bollettino-neve.html). 

post #4 of 9

Madesimo is kind of a pain to get to and maybe not as much to do (we considered Madesimo before picking Courmayeur since we have kids) but no shortage of snow.  Passo Del Tonale is 2ish hours from Bergamo and you have the town of Ponte di Legno.  

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Madesimo is kind of a pain to get to and maybe not as much to do (we considered Madesimo before picking Courmayeur since we have kids) but no shortage of snow.  Passo Del Tonale is 2ish hours from Bergamo and you have the town of Ponte di Legno.  

And a short bus ride to get to Marrileva and Madonna di Campiglio - all in the Adamello Ski pass. Great Italian resorts, lots to do, both off-piste (Passo Tonale) and very nice, charming and mondain resort skiing in Madonna.

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That's the beauty of Italy - so many resorts.  

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That's the beauty of Italy - so many resorts.  

Couldn't agree more. Love Italy, in both winter and summer.

post #8 of 9

Likewise.  We return frequently and I want to get my kids and wife hooked on skiing in Italy as I would go back more frequently if I could get them on board.  

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I hear that if your going to Whistler bring your biking gear and rent your rides...
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