Last year we did deer valley so would like to try something different in Wyoming or Utah. Intermediate skiers with kids below 10yrs.
Any Utah suggestions?
Pluses - kid friendly and things to do in town area
Easter vacation!! Typically, the LCC and BCC resorts in UT might hold up a little better at that time of the season than JH. But I agree Jackson town is more fun. Where are you coming from? Driving or flying? Even though Easter, probably lots of vacancies at that time, so you might be able to wait until a week or two out to decide if you were driving.
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Welcome to EpicSki! Where did you stay for Deer Valley? Have you been to other places out west?
I took my daughter to Alta Lodge for spring break trips starting when she was 7. If that fits in your budget, it's a great place for a family trip with young kids because of the free children's program. She was never bored even when she was done skiing by 3pm. Bonus is that the Alta Ski School is wonderful. Alta Lodge can even pick up kids from ski school in the afternoon if parents want to ski non-stop all afternoon.
I avoid Colorado for trips that are a week or less. Not enough time to adjust to the high altitude.
Have the kids been to JH? Which place have they liked the best? Would you consider Aspen/Snowmass if you don't want to go to Alta again?
For myself, I've gone to Alta mid-season and late season more than once. Going to do that again this season. I'm getting completely spoiled.
Blues only or are they doing some easy blacks? Any powder days?
My daughter's first day at Alta was during a late season blizzard. I got her out on Sunnyside after we got to Alta Lodge. It was free after 3pm back then. I wanted to get some idea of how she would do in powder in order to know what to say when checking her in at Alta Ski School the next morning. She was skiing blacks in the southeast after three seasons (<5-10 days per season). She was not a happy camper, fell a couple times, but generally did pretty well in 4-5 inches of ungroomed powder on top of main green groomer. Blue bird the next day. By the time I picked her up in the afternoon, she was hunting powder on the edges and ducking onto little tracks in the trees her instructor showed the kids. I was a very happy parent!
I'm planning much the same trip, Easter Break, this year. I agree with JamesJ's advice -- if you can, see if you can make it into March before deciding (based on conditions). However, the big drawback to getting too far into March before deciding is airfare (the closer you are to departure, the higher the cost, obviously).
Here's a great website you should check out -- EpicSki member and retired numbers-guy Tony Crocker's chart of ski areas and their typical conditions throughout their seasons: http://bestsnow.net/
As an example, Steamboat, while also offering a great town in addition to its great intermediate trails, is a bad bet for late March. Typically, JH is as well, but there's always exceptions. Around this time several years ago, I booked a mid-March trip to Telluride because of JH's poorer-conditions late-March history and because Telluride with its altitude and north-facing slopes is always a great bet. And sure enough, Telluride was great, with some fresh snow. Epic trip. But wouldn't you know, it snowed all week up at JH. I'll get there, yet. But I think I'll ride the percentages and plan to go there some February in the future.
As Marznc said, the altitude can kick butt at a place like Telluride, but it WILL give you a great mountain (albeit a bit toney, depending on your budget) and a town with all its own flair, like Park City, but different.
We did Banff (Sunshine and Lake Louise) last Easter Break which was early April, and true to statistical history, the conditions were great. We had the time of our lives at Sunshine (my kids were 9 and 15). Banff will also give you that great ski town feel, albeit with an international flavor. We felt as though we were at a convention of the the English Speaking Peoples -- I've never skied with so many Brits, Scots, Aussies, New Zealanders, and of course Canadians. The exchange rate is very favorable for them, as well as for Americans. Banff is part of the Canadians Rockies, btw. On our off day we took a beautiful drive up the Icefields Parkway. Here's a link to what started out as my research for that trip, but ultimately some pictures of the conditions and the surroundings: http://www.epicski.com/t/130346/sunshine-lodging-advice/30#post_1867256 It's not that hard, but if you don't have them, you'll need to get the kids passports.
Hope this helps.
An extremely bad idea in that time frame. And even more so given the ages and presumed ability level of your kids. EVERYTHING at the beginner/intermediate level faces straight into the blazing March sun at JH.
That time frame is also late enough that in Utah you should be in the Cottonwood Canyons, not Park City/Deer Valley. The latter also have a lot of low sun exposed terrain though it's groomed and far less steep than at Jackson. The Cottonwoods will have good snow but less beginner/intermediate terrain than a lot of places in Colorado.
Yes, a sweeping generalization for a large state with a ton of ski resorts. Your family profile and spring break is ideal at numerous Colorado resorts. If Vail was too busy for you, Snowmass and Telluride should be at the top of your list. Copper and Winter Park would be cheaper alternatives but busier. Banff is pretty good too, but it could be lean in El Nino so I wouldn't be booking there this season until I see enough snow on the ground.