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Do you think we will have a "Banner Year" in the West Coast this winter?

post #1 of 10
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I am just going to throw this question out and to see what people will say?  

I ask this for a selfish reason.  I'll visit Whistler/Blackcomb & Lake Louise/Sunshine in Feb. and then Alta in April (VT in Jan.)  That leaves me a gap month in March.  So I am contemplating Snowmass/Aspen.  I am an adv. beginner and I heard many good reviews about Snowmass.  But I am hesitate to solidify my plan because last season had min. snow in the West Coast.  

I bought MCP and snowmass/Aspen is covered by MCP, another reason for visiting Snowmass.

(If I do go, I may only be able to spend 4-5 days including weekend due to limited vacation time....).  

post #2 of 10

Snowmass wouldn't be considered the West Coast - it's in Colorado after all, a long, long way from the Pacific.... Whistler is though, so you're already hitting the West Coast there. Colorado last year had a decent snow year, much better than many places on the West Coast. And Aspen this year is already looking OK. I wouldn't think you have any more risk there than any other place you're planning to go. Sounds like some great trips planned!

post #3 of 10
Colorado in March at a resort with good snow preservation is about as good an advance booking bet as you can make.
post #4 of 10
Hi fos-PHT, what an interesting handle... You might wait another month or two to make your decision based on the conditions then. Who knows what will happen with El Niño? I believe in waiting for more data. smile.gif

Do also consider taking a Squaw/Alpine Meadow Mammoth West coast trip on MCP without having to deal with the altitude.

Too many MCP destinations also gives me FOMO biggrin.gif
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Thread Starter 

Thanks all for your input. Much appreciated.

 

To Rainbow Jenny - My handle name is a drug name for anti-convulsant.  :p  Reason I pick Snowmass/Aspen because I don't have to worry about the driving (fly to Aspen and then shuttle).  As for Mammoth, I did look into this briefly, but I am under the impression that the drive can be stressful due to snowy conditions?  Also, not sure if I need chains?  Basically, I want to avoid the driving in snow if I can.  

MCP is a great as I just discovered this year after reading many threads from this website.  

post #6 of 10

Mammoth would be a very safe bet for March during an El Nino year and has great terrain for an advancing beginner at the Eagle lodge side (far left on trail map) chair #15. Very long groomed cruisers with a few areas that get a little steeper if you want to test yourself but avoidable if you don't. Also, low crowds in that area. Not sure where you are coming from but you may be able to fly directly to the airport and take a shuttle to your hotel. No treacherous roads in Mammoth and they have a very good shuttle system so you wont need a car. Keep it in mind and have a great time wherever you choose!

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Thanks all for your input. Much appreciated.

 

To Rainbow Jenny - My handle name is a drug name for anti-convulsant.  :p  Reason I pick Snowmass/Aspen because I don't have to worry about the driving (fly to Aspen and then shuttle).  As for Mammoth, I did look into this briefly, but I am under the impression that the drive can be stressful due to snowy conditions?  Also, not sure if I need chains?  Basically, I want to avoid the driving in snow if I can.  

MCP is a great as I just discovered this year after reading many threads from this website.  


From DC, flying to ASE for a few days at Snowmass in March makes a lot more sense to me than going all the way to Mammoth.  Especially as a solo traveler who is an intermediate just starting to explore big mountains out west.  Go to Squaw/Alpine and Mammoth after you have found a ski buddy or two for a trip flying into Reno.

 

As noted by others, you will have a great time no matter where you go in the big mountains where the groomers are long and wide.

post #8 of 10
I always get a chuckle out of weather questions. If anyone knew the answer, they'd be rediculously wealthy
post #9 of 10

I know the answer but I'm not telling...

post #10 of 10
We can probably go ahead and ink a banner November. Loveland is 81" for the season and looks like this right now:

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