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MId April trip suggestions sought

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We are considering a trip in April starting in something like the middle of the month and staying for a week to 10 days. Given the lackluster snow most places, I am looking for suggestions. The options I have thought of are: Lake Louise/Sunshine with possible add ins of Revelstoke or Kicking Horse. This area is appealing just because they usually retain snow well and they are currently pretty much 100% open.  The other option is Whistler because of the glacier. (Canada is on my mind because to the favorable US$/CAD$ exchange). I usually just go last minute but unfortunately this year have to make some advanced commitments. I can go anywhere. My thoughts/considerations so far without having had time to do deep research:

 

Ruling out the CO and the west coast because of reports of bad snow, although I know that can change in March.

I know from experience of traveling in late March that lots of Europe is problematic by April 1 in normal years, but I have limited knowledge. I thought of the northern European areas - Norway, Sweden etc.(I've always wanted to go there) but they seem to be in terrible shape this year (Lilliehammer has a 22'' base).

I know nothing about the Japanese ski areas and how they fare into spring but that is another place I'd like to visit.

 

I would appreciate any suggestions.

 

In terms of criteria - I like all kinds of skiing including racing and am not looking for a super mellow area. One of the things I enjoy is skiing the WC and Olympic race venues. I usually ski alone so off piste adventures (unless with a guide) are not a big factor to me.

Culture interest in the area is a plus.  Nice hotels and dining are a plus and decent hotels are a requirement. Nice scenery and things worth seeing is a big plus.

post #2 of 5
Ruling out CO because of bad snow?

Aspen's skiing about as good as spring skiing gets. We're set for the season.
Whistler, not so much.
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Ruling out CO because of bad snow?

Aspen's skiing about as good as spring skiing gets. We're set for the season.
Whistler, not so much.

From the period of approximately Feb 19 - Mar 5 Aspen made the news for receiving snowfall on 12 of 14 days (66" of snow). Steamboat also got bombed recently. I'm in Summit County and the conditions are very good here too.

details:  http://www.aspentimes.com/news/15306824-113/snowmass-reaps-66-inches-of-snow-over-last-13-days

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Well I apparently haven't been keeping up. Thanks for the info.

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A couple of threads that are tagged with Spring Skiing may give you some ideas.  To find other relevant threads, click on the tag link under Topics Discussed (right hand column).

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/132151/spring-skiing-vail-vs-alta-vs-something-else

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/131577/visiting-april-1st-2015-to-keystone-breckenridge-or-winterpark-suggestions-please

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