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Best Skiing Week of April 6-11

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Hi all, I have researched the older threads but would like to get some thoughts, particularly taking into consideration this year's conditions, on a week long spring break trip the week of April 6.  It would only be for me and my 7-year old twin boys.  They are solid skiers (at least for Mid Atlantic/East Coast skiers) but looking for a short flight and nice resort.  Heard that Breck may still have good conditions then and maybe Vail?  Winter Park?  The non-stops to Denver are enticing.  Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. 

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Having made that now annual pilgrimage to a ski area each Easter period, mostly mid to late April since 2008 with my boy (he was 5 when we started), you may find a bunch of TR's of our trips.

 

This year though, at this point - UT, CO are not anywhere near in good shape, I know folks who were in UT last week for the school break, they had a good time but there is grass at the base, and a lot of terrain is not open for safety reasons, or not enough cover. The places we got live feedback from with a ton of snow, are Taos, NM, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee, WY. 

 

Just an FYI. Things do and will change by April 6 for sure. Now an outlandish thought but last year, Stowe and such in VT got some serious snow in late March and I understand skied real nice into mid April but you have to check their official closing date. Since even if they extend the season, usually weekends only. And if the East continues to get more snow, and it can happily, check Mont Tremblant or Mont St. Anne in Quebec. They are beautiful places from all reports, quite different scene and culture than USA or Western Canada resorts, and when warm, perfect places to ski - but again check official closing dates.

 

Good luck and like you, we are wishing for more snow.

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We are headed to UT the week after you (not much else open then) and we know it is a crapshoot.  If we weren't locked in on flights and condo, this might be the year we choose to stay east.

 

Two years ago, my 2 kids (ages 6 and 9 at the time) and I went to Jay Peak the week after your week and it was in great shape.  The entire mountain was open every day and conditions were quite good -- a little spring like on the Stateside where snowmaking is not as strong, but, overall, very good conditions, particularly for mid-April.  I would think they would be at least as good this year since the snow has been plentiful and it has been such a cold winter.  We were at Jay over MLK weekend, and it skied very well, especially toward the end of the weekend.

 

Jay often runs very, very good deals in April that include lift tickets and waterpark passes.  I think we paid about $250/night for a 2BR, 2BA condo that was ski in/ski out, including lift tickets and water park passes for each day we were there. 

 

That same year, we also skied Killington right before going to Jay, around April 12, and it also was in great shape.  If not fully open, the mountain was very close to it.  The conditions were also excellent.  We were at Killington last weekend, and it also skied very well (the weather sucked, but the skiing didn't).  I would expect Killington to hold up pretty well through early April.

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Originally Posted by ravenski View Post
 

Hi all, I have researched the older threads but would like to get some thoughts, particularly taking into consideration this year's conditions, on a week long spring break trip the week of April 6.  It would only be for me and my 7-year old twin boys.  They are solid skiers (at least for Mid Atlantic/East Coast skiers) but looking for a short flight and nice resort.  Heard that Breck may still have good conditions then and maybe Vail?  Winter Park?  The non-stops to Denver are enticing.  Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. 


Welcome to EpicSki!  You are asking about the week after Easter, correct?  That late in the season you should be able to get deals on lodging pretty much anywhere.

 

Remember that there is some driving or shuttle bus time when flying into Denver.

 

What kind of budget do you have in mind for lodging?

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This year though, at this point - UT, CO are not anywhere near in good shape,

Good luck and like you, we are wishing for more snow.

 

Somewhat true for Utah but not even close for CO.  CO on the whole is slightly above average for snowfall and while they've had some significant warm periods ( and may again) things have been reset by recent snow and cooler temps.

 

My point in this is to please use facts and not supposition when posting.

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@dustyfog, your buddies must have been at one of the PC resorts. LCC and BCC have good coverage, with no bare spots on the groomers and decent coverage off piste, though I hear it's gotten crusty. Northern Utah's snowfall is well below average so far, though recent performance is a poor predictor of future conditions.
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Originally Posted by ravenski View Post
 

Hi all, I have researched the older threads but would like to get some thoughts, particularly taking into consideration this year's conditions, on a week long spring break trip the week of April 6.  It would only be for me and my 7-year old twin boys.  They are solid skiers (at least for Mid Atlantic/East Coast skiers) but looking for a short flight and nice resort.  Heard that Breck may still have good conditions then and maybe Vail?  Winter Park?  The non-stops to Denver are enticing.  Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. 

 

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@dustyfog, your buddies must have been at one of the PC resorts. LCC and BCC have good coverage, with no bare spots on the groomers and decent coverage off piste, though I hear it's gotten crusty. Northern Utah's snowfall is well below average so far, though recent performance is a poor predictor of future conditions.


The OP is looking for a place where his 7yo boys can have a fun ski vacation.  I think there will be more than enough snow in LCC/BCC for that.  I'll be at Alta Lodge with friends in April.  First took my daughter there for an alumni event when she was 7 and skiing blacks in the southeast.  Took advantage of the fact that kids are free in April.  She had a blast and so did I.  I put her in ski school the first day.  She was skiing any blue at Alta after that, including wandering off-piste where her instructor had taken the Level 5 class.

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Jgiddy:

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 My point in this is to please use facts and not supposition when posting.

Thanks for the courtesy, uncharacteristic to say the least. I did'nt suppose anything and when you understand how to read the Gregorian Calendar you will see that my reference was to the week before and the live reports on "On-the-Snow", and on-the-ground, and they were not pretty, and a lot of the terrain in Aspen-Snowmass was NOT pleasant, ski-able but rough going, crud, rocks-spring-freeze-thaw etc. I stated what I knew dating the information informally. And I also noted that conditions do change and CO has gotten 24" plus since that period and the manna-from-the-heavens continues which should put anyone in a good mood - capisce. I made some suggestions based on when the OP is planning to travel. Next time, you wish to update someone - just say so, not suggest somehow there are suppositions involved. Thank you. And there is more snow in New England on the ground and it is skiing better than CO. Don't take my word for it, since of course it is a 'supposition'.  

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Having made that now annual pilgrimage to a ski area each Easter period, mostly mid to late April since 2008 with my boy (he was 5 when we started), you may find a bunch of TR's of our trips.

 

This year though, at this point - UT, CO are not anywhere near in good shape, I know folks who were in UT last week for the school break, they had a good time but there is grass at the base, and a lot of terrain is not open for safety reasons, or not enough cover. The places we got live feedback from with a ton of snow, are Taos, NM, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee, WY. 

 

Just an FYI. Things do and will change by April 6 for sure. Now an outlandish thought but last year, Stowe and such in VT got some serious snow in late March and I understand skied real nice into mid April but you have to check their official closing date. Since even if they extend the season, usually weekends only. And if the East continues to get more snow, and it can happily, check Mont Tremblant or Mont St. Anne in Quebec. They are beautiful places from all reports, quite different scene and culture than USA or Western Canada resorts, and when warm, perfect places to ski - but again check official closing dates.

 

Good luck and like you, we are wishing for more snow.

 

Sorry Dusty but you posted that on 24 Feb and the reset had already happened.  I was there in Aspen and that is a fact.  The bolded part was untrue of most of CO at the time you posted it and that is another fact.

post #10 of 15

Watch for closing dates around Easter this year.  Even though Easter comes early this year (4/5) many Western resorts are closing in late March...including Telluride and Jackson Hole.  I booked a trip with my 12 year old daughter a couple of months ago for 4/4-10 in Lake Tahoe/Mammoth which is now condition wise very scary to me...although they just got a nice dumping and hopefully more storms on the way in a week or so.  We have Mountain Collective passes so we get two days of skiing at both Squaw/Alpine and Mammoth.  That being said right now I wish I had considered Whistler or the LCC resorts since they appear to have better coverage at this point.

 

The good news is March can be a great snow month for most Western areas so lots can change in the next 30+ days or so.  If you don't have to book right away I'd say wait and see what March brings.  Who knows as someone else mentioned you may end up in New England somewhere.  No matter where you settle on there should be some really great stay/ski deals for April! 

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Watch for closing dates around Easter this year.  Even though Easter comes early this year (4/5) many Western resorts are closing in late March...including Telluride and Jackson Hole.  I booked a trip with my 12 year old daughter a couple of months ago for 4/4-10 in Lake Tahoe/Mammoth which is now condition wise very scary to me...although they just got a nice dumping and hopefully more storms on the way in a week or so.  We have Mountain Collective passes so we get two days of skiing at both Squaw/Alpine and Mammoth.  That being said right now I wish I had considered Whistler or the LCC resorts since they appear to have better coverage at this point.

 

The good news is March can be a great snow month for most Western areas so lots can change in the next 30+ days or so.  If you don't have to book right away I'd say wait and see what March brings.  Who knows as someone else mentioned you may end up in New England somewhere.  No matter where you settle on there should be some really great stay/ski deals for April! 

I think the last day for JH is April 5, 2015.  Aspen/Snowmass is open thru April 12.  Alta's last day for 7-day a week operations is April 19, with Supreme closing on April 12.

post #12 of 15

Jackson, Crested Butte, Telluride and Taos ALWAYS close first Sunday in April regardless of when Easter is or how much snow they have.

 

The OP with 7-year-olds should surely be going to Summit County CO in that April 6-11 timeframe:

1) More terrain appropriate for the kids than nearly anywhere

2) This normally busy region isn't crowded that late in the season

3) Winter snow conditions are more likely due to the high altitude

4) As noted above these areas are having a better than average year when many western regions are hurting for snow. 

 

Utah is at about 55% of normal snowfall, and headed for possibly its second driest season ever. January and February both essentially tied prior record lows. Yes, Alta/Snowbird have adequate coverage, but is that really where you want to take twin 7 year olds who have only skied in PA?


Edited by Tony Crocker - 3/2/15 at 5:52pm
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Aspen/Snowmass is open thru April 12.  

Highlands closes the 12th, Aspen & Snowmass tentatively close the 19th.
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Aspen/Snowmass is open thru April 12.  

Highlands closes the 12th, Aspen & Snowmass tentatively close the 19th.


Thanks for the correction.  With 4 mountains, gets complicated to keep it straight.

post #15 of 15

ravenski,

 

 

I would listen to Marznc on this one.  You can get great deals in the area after April (maybe even stay a night or two at the Peruvian in a bunk room to really have more bonding time!)

 

Alta should have plenty of snow, and your kids can ski free. That is worth more than just the money, imo, in case one or both has a bad day and doesn't want to ski -- it won't cost you wasted lift tix. Also, SLC is big enough to find other stuff to do if needed. Really cheap hotels are close by in Sandy if you don't want to pay to be up LCC.

 

 

For me, anyway, a late Spring trip better have some value aspect included. The SLC area should generally allow you to have good snow at that time of year (better than most, anyway) and it certainly will provide a savings over many other ski areas.

 

Another option would be the Portland area (Timberline, etc). Easy access, major airport, and other stuff to do if skiing doesn't cut it every day. And the Mt. Hood areas are basically on a glacier, so you should have something to ski no matter what, even if it does get warm.

 

 

And lastly, good job Dad!  Other than going to sporting events with my Dad, no better memories than our ski trips.

 

Good luck!

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