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Easter weekend, condition in Banff vs Whistler vs Tahoe?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

My plan to go to Whistler in early March didn't happen. Too much work ("fun" work that I don't want to miss). 

 

So my next window of opportunity is Easter weekend. I can make a longer trip because we close on Good Friday. I would love to hit either Banff or Whistler, but unfortunately, Easter seems to be a busy time for Canadian destinations. Flights and lodging is a bit tight and price elevated even with the favorable exchange rates. Still, not having been to Whistler, it's really enticing. Similar situation for Banff/Lake Louise. 

 

Of the MCP destinations, the only group in the US that I haven't used up are Squaw/Alpine + Mammoth. That would make for a nice 4 day trip with zero outlay for lift ticket. Jet Blue flies to Reno direct from NYC. Price is on par with Vancouver or Calgary. Lodging is cheap as chips at Reno, though offset by the higher price at Mammoth. Also a bit more complex logistic to move between Tahoe and Mammoth.

 

In the end, the main factor of a good ski trip will be the condition!

 

From the sound of it, Whistler is in really good shape right now. Any rumor on weather the next 2 weeks leading up to Easter weekend? 

 

Tahoe is equally a wild card weather-wise as Whistler. Anyone got any insight (or speculations)?

 

I haven't heard much chit chat about Sunshine/Lake Louise. I'm guessing that means it's pretty good "as usual"? 

 

To get reasonable air fare, I'll probably need to commit to it the next couple days. 

post #2 of 13
I'm no expert but the most reliable at that time (little chance of rain) would be Banff. I'll be at Whistler Easter weekend and Banff a few days later so I'm hoping for excellent conditions at both mountains.
post #3 of 13

I was at Whistler in January and they had tons of snow and there no reason to expect bad conditions there.  But it is lower in elevation, and it could rain, or be misty, or be foggy.  Banff has had a big snow year as well, and obviously is the farthest north.  I have been to Mammoth twice in late April and had superb conditions.  You are presented with lovely choices.  

post #4 of 13

Hi, @at_nyc , 

 

I've posted some recent pics and thoughts on conditions at SSV/LL here: 

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/145705/canadian-rockies-in-march

 

it'll be great - come on down to alberta. its still winter here!

post #5 of 13

for good whistler info other than the resorts. go to wayneflanavalanche He always posts pictures showing the daily Whistler conditions along with the current snow stability and upcoming weather events on his blog. It's a good Sea to Sky resource

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for the info. Keep it coming.

 

Easter long weekend now belongs to Squaw/Mammoth. Cheap flight and lodging at Reno being the appeal. 

 

But another long weekend in mid-April is also firmly on the card. Choices are between Banff and Whistler for that one. So keep posting the condition updates. 

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But another long weekend in mid-April is also firmly on the card. Choices are between Banff and Whistler for that one. So keep posting the condition updates. 

Whistler will have complete coverage in mid-April, and I imagine the Banff area will too.  Conditions and forecasts are easily found by searching.  Don't know why you need others to do your work for you.

post #8 of 13

The snow in Whistler right now is awesome a 3.5 metre base. It is not likly to change at Easter. That said it will be very busy almost as busy as Christmas / New Year, if you can come a week later you will have better time. Spring skiing in Whistler is the best.

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That said it will be very busy almost as busy as Christmas / New Year, if you can come a week later you will have better time. Spring skiing in Whistler is the best.

I was in Whistler on Easter weekend a few years ago and it was not at all crowded.  It wasn't a problem with the weather or snow, there just were not a lot of folks there compared to other times. It may have to do with how it aligns with spring break.

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I was in Whistler on Easter weekend a few years ago and it was not at all crowded.  It wasn't a problem with the weather or snow, there just were not a lot of folks there compared to other times. It may have to do with how it aligns with spring break.

 

Easter can range from 3/22 - 4/25.  It's early this year and smack dab in the middle of a lot of spring breaks.

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Easter can range from 3/22 - 4/25.  It's early this year and smack dab in the middle of a lot of spring breaks.


Exactly I work in Whistler and we are being told it is going to be nuts.

post #12 of 13

Agree with @Cockalorum and @SHREDHEAD - and this year BC and AB spring break line up, and Easter is it one end of it. I know a ton of people who are going to Whistler over this time period.

post #13 of 13

One thing about the Easter crowds at Whistler is that often they aren't are on the hill. Usually only the village is busy. Just like the Telus festival

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