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Spring Skiing Suggestions!!

post #1 of 12
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Hello kindred spirits!

 

I'm doing some research on the best spring skiing resorts and wanted to hear from all of you! Looking for any suggestions in North America and your reason why! Looking forward to hearing from all of you :) 

 

Thank you!!

post #2 of 12

Any resort that had a good snow pack. That pretty much rules out the northeast. I hear from a buddy Whistler/Blackcomb has had 464" so far.

 

Oh, yea, fat skis are better for the soft heavy snow.

post #3 of 12

I have heard that Mt Bachelor has some of the best spring corn snow and I am sure it has a deep snow pack.

post #4 of 12

Alpine Meadows is a good option--it has runs on all 4 exposures so finding the best corn as the day goes on is easy. Later in the day when the northern facing runs have softened you can head over to Squaw. 

Contrary to what Max said--if you time it right you're skiing on a few inches of ball-bearings on a firm base, about the easiest snow there is, and any ski will work fine. If things get deep and manky, then yes, wider skis are nice, although at that point you should be on the deck dring beer and listening to a really bad band..

Good spring skiing is a crap shoot though--too warm at night and you just have mank and fresh snow turns to mank quickly and also aborts the corn cycle.

The other option is to go somewhere north and/or high and hope for spring powder. 

post #5 of 12

You can always count on Snowbird to have the longest season in Utah.  Sometimes well into May.

post #6 of 12
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You can always count on Snowbird to have the longest season in Utah.  Sometimes well into May.

note the tram and peruvian gulch closure this spring, although there will still be plenty to ski

post #7 of 12

 Great Spring Skiing is bliss. Its hard to hit it just right. Here are my suggestions:

California: Mammoth #1 (open to June most years) , Alpine Meadows #2

Oregon: Mt Bachelor #1, Mt Hood #2

Colorado: A-Basin #1

Utah: Snowbird #1

Alberta, Canada: Sunshine Village #1 (open to 3rd week in May)

 

With all these great resorts you can ski a good 6 months a year in North America

post #8 of 12

With respect to OP's question, it depends on what is considered "Spring". There are a lot of options until the 2nd or 3rd week of April, then they narrow a lot to the areas mentioned in the previous posts. My experience and opinions for late season:

 

Snowbird: Overall my favorite, but the tram and Peruvian Gulch closure this year impacts it a lot. Mineral Basin gets too sloppy for my taste after a couple of hours and the Gad Valley side gets old after a while. Experienced this the year they closed Peruvian side to start construction of the Peruvian lift.

 

Alta: Usually opens for a couple of weekends after daily operations cease. Limited lifts open, and with the best skiing off the Collins chair, it can get pretty mobbed.

 

Bachelor: Second best to Snowbird and the most economical for a Spring pass. Helps a lot if there is enough snow for Outback and and Northwest to remain open (should be OK this year.)Does not open earlier in the morning to make up for earlier closing.

 

Mammoth: A long drive for me, so I have only been there once just before Memorial Day. OK, but only about 25% of the mountain open. Avoid weekends due to crowds.

 

Arapahoe: Another long drive, so I have only been there once during May. Best skiing is on the slow lifts.

 

Squaw, Baker, Crystal: Haven't been, but they stay open into May on a good snow year.

post #9 of 12
When I taught skiing in Michigan (1970-2007), we came out west after our season ended. Over the years, I skied all over Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, idaho, and the Lake Tohoe area. I'd never visited Breck. Everywhere I'd been before, we could ski a couple hours in the am and then the slush took over. In April, 2008, we joined some other Epic skiers at Breck. It was just like mid-January. Cold, snowy. Perfect. It's why I'm here now.
post #10 of 12

I'd suggest Mammoth Mountain.  The first week of May is usually the Far-West Ski Association Championships, the Soloman/Rossignol race camp, as well as training for the US Team.  I've seen Ted Ligety and SuperJules along with Glen Plake there before. I've even seen the Russian National team.  It's also when they do PSIA certifications.  

 

The snow is groomed nightly, and as the day goes by, the bottom slushes up, but the icey top softens so skiing from 8:00am to 1:30 or 2:00 is realistic.  The US Team practices under Cornice Bowl and rides chair 3 and the upper gondola.  They usually quit around 1:30.  Mammoth currently has 108" at the bottom, 175" mid-mountain, and 201" at the top, so it will be open until Memorial Day if not longer. 

 

Bring sunscreen

post #11 of 12
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Alpine Meadows is a good option--it has runs on all 4 exposures so finding the best corn as the day goes on is easy. Later in the day when the northern facing runs have softened you can head over to Squaw. 

Contrary to what Max said--if you time it right you're skiing on a few inches of ball-bearings on a firm base, about the easiest snow there is, and any ski will work fine. If things get deep and manky, then yes, wider skis are nice, although at that point you should be on the deck dring beer and listening to a really bad band..

Good spring skiing is a crap shoot though--too warm at night and you just have mank and fresh snow turns to mank quickly and also aborts the corn cycle.

The other option is to go somewhere north and/or high and hope for spring powder. 


Hey, I didn't spend all this money to sit on the deck buying beer. ;) LOL

 

Get off the deck and ski.

 

My 106mm and 119mm skis make this soft snow so easy to glide over.

 

 

We had sunny skis and mid to upper 50'sF on Saturday and low 50's F on Sunday, a few more clouds on Sunday with a little breeze. Great weekend even with the thin base we have at Okemo.

 

When I started the car in the parking lot it read 62F on Saturday after skiing.

post #12 of 12

Canadian Rockies! It's still winter here. Sunshine and Lake Louise are doing amazingly well! Just skied a full on champagne powder day at Sunshine yesterday!:cool 

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