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Winter Park - End of Season Strategy

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My family is coming to Winter Park for the first time April 21 - 24.  Looking at the long-range forecast the warm temperatures appear to be continuing, with some snow in the forecast the weekend prior to our arrival.  Does someone with experience skiing Winter Park have any recommendations on how we should plan our skiing day so that we have the best chance for soft snow throughout the day?  I am not familiar with the north facing runs, etc. The whole family is comfortable on blue/black groomers and below.

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Having skied WPMJ every weekend for the past 12:

1. I wouldn't try to plan the day until the day.  Temperatures and amount of sun will dictate everything, and you can't know that much in advance.

2. Generally, a leisurely breakfast, putting you on mountain after 10, and some good craft beers, pulling you off the mountain by 2, is a good plan. Don't stop for lunch.

3. Until your last sentence, I would have said get to the southeast facing runs first, as they soften up first.  Unfortunately, those are the challenging bump runs off the Challenger lift at MJ such as Cannonball, Short/LongHaul, Coupler, Brakeman, Derailleur, etc.  Those runs seem to have a longer snow quality sweet spot than the stuff higher up at this time of year.

4. At this time of year, it gets warm enough that even the north facing runs stiffen up quite a bit overnight and don't soften up quite as quickly in the morning.

5.  As of last Saturday, the overall mountain coverage is fabulous for this time of year, with no brown spots at all, and some of the models are suggesting a big dump this weekend.  That, combined with the low crowds, means you have a really good chance of having a great time.

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