My wife and two kids (aged 8 and 10) jetted out of Brisbane Australia for a tour a few weeks ago.
We're all have different skiing abilities but we're all capable (I would say intermediate) - as much as you can be spending about 10 days on the slopes per year. We hit Alta, Snowbird, Whistler, Sunshine and Lake Louise and loved every minute of it.
Alta/Snowbird - we got bluebird conditions on one day and genuine powder conditions on other days. Totally different vibe to other ski areas we've visited. Not at all 'resorty' - but a great experience. Best snow we've had anywhere. Spent a lot of time on the Sugarloaf and Collins lifts. My son and I did a few of the black runs but we left the Baldy chutes until next time. :)
Whistler - completely different feel. The opposite to Alta. It was busy but the mountains are so large they cope with the crowds well. The conditions were fantastic and ski out is still possible. The kids liked this mountain the best as the love the terrain park. Spent a lot of time on Blackcomb's Glacier and Jersey areas and in the Harmony bowl. The long blue cruisers suit us when we're all skiing together.
We noticed that a Whistler black is like a Snowbird blue in most instances. Stayed in the village and really enjoyed the end of day drinks.
Banff area - We skied here last year and loved it. The Rockys are such a dramatic setting. The snow was adequate but not great. They could do with a top up. Perfect for our ability though. It's all about the scenery here. The back side at Lake Louise was the place to be for us and of course the terrain parks were a hit with the kids. Sunshine was good but didn't rate as highly to us as the other hills.
We'll likely do another similar trip at the end of March next year to coincide with the school holidays here. Will need to pick destinations that favour spring skiing of course. Probably get the Mountain Collective Pass again so I'm thinking Aspen, Alta/Snowbird, Squaw Valley and Mammoth. We've skied Tahoe and Mammoth in the past and really enjoyed both spots. Any other MCP mountains that might suit late March? Would love to do Sun Valley and Jackson but I'm doubtful about getting good conditions.
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