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.