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Best Colorado Resort for Closing Weekend?

post #1 of 7
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We have booked airfare to Denver to ski April 16th - 19th.  This is closing weekend for Vail, Breckenridge and maybe Copper.  Is there any major reason to choose Vail over Breck (or vice versa) late in the season?

post #2 of 7

Yes, but it is too early to call.  It all has to do with snow and temperature.  Vail's back bowls are south facing and generally have significant snow loss by the end of the season, but who knows what will happen this year.  Breckenridge is higher in elevation but also is colder, so if there is little new snow and a lot of melt, it may be coral reef.

 

Copper closes a lot of terrain early (who knows why -- everything has been postulated from wildlife to saving money).  There's good skiing in late spring at Copper, but don't expect to ski Copper Bowl, A-lift, or resolution.

 

There's no reason to book lodging early.  There'll been tons of rooms available on discount.  Why not just wait and see what conditions pan out?

 

Mike

post #3 of 7

In my limited experience, Vail isn't great in April.  It's at a lower elevation than either Breck or Copper and -- worse -- the Back Bowls face south.  So the back bowls are just getting baked in the sun all day, every day.  Coverage goes fast and what has coverage turns into slush -- deep slush.  Ugh.  Not my cup of tea.

 

I've had great April skiing at both Copper and Breck though.  There's always A-Basin as well...  A-Basin makes Copper and Breck look like they're at low elevation though, so it's not a good "first day" destination if you're flying in (unless you know you're impervious to altitude).

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
 

Yes, but it is too early to call.  It all has to do with snow and temperature.  Vail's back bowls are south facing and generally have significant snow loss by the end of the season, but who knows what will happen this year.  Breckenridge is higher in elevation but also is colder, so if there is little new snow and a lot of melt, it may be coral reef.

 

 

 

 

Yep, sometime you want the southern exposure first thing in the AM.

post #5 of 7
I've been at Vail 5 of the last 8 Aprils and have never had terrible conditions. Granted conditions can very and on poorer days the snow can get soft later in the day but there is usually good snow somewhere. There is something to be said also for skiing hard until mid to late afternoon and sitting at the base having a beer on the deck at Bart & Yeti's.
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None of the above......that is prime season at the Basin
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None of the above......that is prime season at the Basin


All the more reason to play it by ear.

 

Mike

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