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April 2017 planning

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I have school age kids and have been thinking about taking a trip out west next season over their spring break, April 8-15. We tend to enjoy spring skiing: a good base, thin crowds, warmer weather, cheaper lift tix, and the potential for some good dumps. It would be great to take advantage of some of the multi-resort passes, but is it worth it for an uncertain spring trip with kids? We would want a resort that is easy to get to: SLC would be high on that list for us, Colorado to a lesser extent would be another option. We did a road trip to Stratton VT last year, and really enjoyed it, but that was a week earlier in April.

 

So what do you think: Is there an Epic/Max pass that covers some good late-season resorts that makes sense for a family of 5 to purchase and hope to use next April, or is it better to just bank on late season discounts and go where the season has been best?

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That time of year, high-elevation areas are the best bet. Here's my take on strong possibilities, listed by pass starting approximately with easiest to get to...

 

Max Pass: Solitude, Brighton, Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Crystal, Mt. Bachelor

Epic: Arapaho Basin, Breckenridge

Mountain Collective: Snowbird, Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Mammoth

Powder Alliance: Timberline

 

Also high-elevation, but very likely closed (or maybe weekend-only) by mid-April are Keystone, Arizona Snowbowl, Taos, and Crested Butte.

 

Looking at those options, I'd say either the Max Pass or the Mountain Collective would be good bets, getting you options in different parts of the country depending on conditions next year.

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I like the mountain collective idea, kids being only $99 apiece, we've got 3 of those. But the drawback is that you only get 3 days max at each place for $389 for adults, which is the same price as a 5 day Alta adult pass right now. Considering we aren't planning to take the kids on any other mid-winter trips, I think we might be best off scrapping the idea of doing a multi resort pass and just try to mix up good conditions with a spring pass and go from there. Either way is rolling the dice, but this way we will have a little more flexibility. 

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I like the mountain collective idea, kids being only $99 apiece, we've got 3 of those. But the drawback is that you only get 3 days max at each place for $389 for adults, which is the same price as a 5 day Alta adult pass right now. Considering we aren't planning to take the kids on any other mid-winter trips, I think we might be best off scrapping the idea of doing a multi resort pass and just try to mix up good conditions with a spring pass and go from there. Either way is rolling the dice, but this way we will have a little more flexibility. 


Next season, start thinking earlier if your kids will still be 12 and under.  The MCP was $1 for kids in March.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146012/mountain-collective-2016-17-12-destinations-including-whistler-stowe-taos-alta-snowbird/60#post_1995819

 

Also, the MCP does not include 3 days at each destination.  You get 2 days at each destination, plus one bonus day at a pre-designated place if you buy the MCP early enough.  In general, for someone who know they can get to two destinations, it's an easy decision to buy.  Or if planning on skiing more than 6 days at one destination.  The MCP ski resorts generally have pretty high lift ticket prices and in most cases discounted lift tickets aren't easy to find.  Alta is probably an exception.  Note that the MCP in Utah is for the combo Alta/Snowbird pass, not just Alta.

 

Depending on when the spring break is, can usually get a decent price for Alta on Liftopia for a multi-day ticket.  I have friends who do that for an annual late season meetup.  They have a season pass for a local mountain in the PNW and don't travel for skiing otherwise.

post #5 of 7
In fall of 2014 I bought two adult Keystone four packs online from their website for ~$188. These were available for a limited time in the preseason and good for four days at either Keystone or A-Basin. Don’t know if they will do that this fall for 2016-17 season, but you could contact Keystone to try to find out. Both those mtns, esp A-Basin, are good for April skiing. Lodging around Keystone can be heavily discounted at that time.
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Should add that Liftopia could get real cheap at that time for A-Basin, Copper, Winter Park and some of the others if you wanted to buy close to dates and play it day by day.
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If you're still playing it by ear about a month before your dates you could check Denver craigslist for lift tickets/vouchers/leftover fourpacks from Loveland and others, sometimes deep discounts.

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