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Deer Valley - first week April (or something else?)

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
First post in this forum...

Even though I've been skiing for 4 years, I'm a fairly timid intermediate because I never ski more than 10 days each year.

We've been researching where to ski this year with the idea of finding a place where I could build confidence, hone my skills and have a great time. It seems that Deer Valley would be a good place. If we go this route, we would try to find a cozy inn or B&B to stay in Park City and shuttle to DV.

The question is, given the excellent year that Utah is having, can I expect snow conditions to be acceptable during the first week of April. I'm not looking to ski in fresh powder, just looking for soft snow (not ice) and not smashed slush.

If Deer Valley is iffy, would Snowmass-Aspen or Vail be a better bet for that time period.

Additionally, does someone have a link to snowfall and snow conditions by week for the US? The Ski Club of the UK has some excellent info for European resorts, but I ahve been unable to find something similar for the US.

Thanks!
post #2 of 17
They will all still have snow, but April can be icy in the morning and slushy in the afternoon. I think Aspen would be a better venue than Deer Valley, it's a little higher and pretty well protected.
You can ride the Gondola up to 11,300 feet and just ski the top.
Then ride down at the end of the day and avoid the slush.

If you are set on Utah, Alta is a much better spring venue than Park City or Deer Valley. But there is not much to do at night there.

Here is a link to the most complete information I have on snow conditions.

http://members.aol.com/crockeraf/
post #3 of 17
One year, around April 5th, on the closing day of Alta. We had 1 feet of champaine snow on the slopes, the best day ever for me in Utah. In the mean time, PC is already closed with no snow.
post #4 of 17
Despite the great season so far, PC will be dicey in April.

I'd feel more confident booking Snowbird, or the CO spots you mentioned.
post #5 of 17
Head to Summit County, probably your best bet for good snow that time of year. On second thought...go to Snowbird, I'll be in CO and there will probably be enough people there already.
post #6 of 17
Jack W Park City Mountain resort sets a closeing date of mid April.In good snow years They might even stay open a week or so longer. a few years ago I skied there in near perfect conditions on the 20th of April. In the 8 years I have lived here they have never been closed by The 5th of April. That said, on this side of the Wasatch condition can be iffy at that time of the year. for a beginner I would look at Solitude. tucked high in the Canyon nice new village base area. Lots of good beginner and lower intermediate terrain.
post #7 of 17
ANYWHERE can be iffy any year in April. It just depends on how cold the spring has been. I've seen years where there was below average snow and ended up with great spring (resorts closed due to lack of people, rather than lack of snow). I've also seen years with great snow all year, except for a hot spring that melted it all by mid-April. Bottom line, April is a dicey month to book a vacation. Choose Feb-March if you can. As for safer resorts, I would choose Snowbird/Alta over PCMR/DV & Especially The Canyons in April. I would NOT go to Colorado, however, which is having a marginal season at best.

Powdr
post #8 of 17
If it's Utah in April, I'd bet on Snow Bird rather than PC. There is a Marriot Residence INN down near the base of the big & little Cottonwood Canyon's. They are pretty reliable / reasonable. Budget Renta Car seems to be cheap in SLC, (last week, Explorer for $315, Saturday to Saturday). Not as cool as ski Inn / Out but way cheaper and SLC is pretty easy to get around in. I think DV is just too low for April.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the excellent feedback! We're scratching Deer Valley and now have 3 contenders:

1) Stay in Snowbird/ski Alta
How feasible is it to stay in Snowbird and ski Alta?
- You may ask why not stay in Alta if you want to ski there - accomodations look very basic in Alta and there does not seem to be a town with dining, etc.).
- You may ask, why not stay in Snowbird and ski in Snowbird? - I've heard that Snowbird will be too difficult for an early intermediate trying to gain confidence.

2) Would the last week in March be better snow-wise in Aspen?

3) Does someone have a suggestion for a different resort that would be in high altitude and north-facing that is having a good year with non-basic lodging options, with varied terrain (enough for an early intermediate and enough for an expert?).
post #10 of 17
Here is a thought. Stay in Park City,at least you will have a Real Ski town for the shopping, Dinning and Night Life. There isn't much at Alta or Snowbird. The Bird does have a nice restautant or two. But thats about it. If conditions are not good here on this side of the wasatch, Then you can always drive over to alta Snowbird or Brighton and or Solitude. It is less then an Hour to any of those resorts. Lets face it that time of year can be iffy no matter where you go. If you are planning on taking a lession Deer Valley Ski school is excellent. Most Instrutors have privilages at other resorts. Locally it is not uncommon to see Deer Valley Instrutors at the Canyons or Park City. same for Snowbird Instrutors at Deer Valley.
post #11 of 17
Mariarosa:

You can easily get between Alta and Snowbird. Some of the lodges at Alta are quite nice, but yes, you pretty much stick to your lodge the whole stay. Snowbird doesn't really have much in the way of a town either, but the Cliff is pretty nice. Both have excellent skiing, Alta has quite a bit more for a begginer/intermediate.

Aspen would be fine either week. Highlands and Buttermilk both close April 5th, but Snowmass and Aspen Mountian will be open at least until the 11th. They are having a great season so far.

Either one would be a good choice and I am sure you would have fun. There is just a whole lot more to do in Aspen.

You may also want to consider Banff. It stays cold there well into spring. It's real pretty and there is a nice town.
post #12 of 17
3) Does someone have a suggestion for a different resort that would be in high altitude and north-facing that is having a good year with non-basic lodging options, with varied terrain (enough for an early intermediate and enough for an expert?).

Sure! Check out Big Sky, MT. Late March? It'd be a great place. Very Memorable.
post #13 of 17
Best April skiing, and apparently most reliable, I've had were at Snowbird, and Whistler.
post #14 of 17
Quote:
Originally posted by Utah49:
If you are planning on taking a lession Deer Valley Ski school is excellent. Most Instrutors have privilages at other resorts. Locally it is not uncommon to see Deer Valley Instrutors at the Canyons or Park City. same for Snowbird Instrutors at Deer Valley.
What do you have against the letter "c"? Why do you keep leaving it out of "instructors"? Just curious. Letter "c" never did nuthin 2 me.

(See previous posts in this thread)
post #15 of 17
3) Does someone have a suggestion for a different resort that would be in high altitude and north-facing that is having a good year with non-basic lodging options, with varied terrain (enough for an early intermediate and enough for an expert?).[/QB][/quote]

I don't know how far afield you want to go, but Sunshine and Lake Louise in Alberta should both still have good ski conditions the first week in April. The season at Sunshine runs until mid or late May. Both resorts have a pretty good mix of terrain. Banff is about 20 minutes by car from Sunshine, 45 minutes from Lake Louise, and has lots of lodging and nightlife. Lake Louise (the village) is a lot quieter and more limited in accomodations and nightlife, but is only about 5 minutes from the Louise parking lot.
post #16 of 17
Thanks Sunshine03;

for bringing up the best option in North America for April skiing in winter conditions!

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post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the new suggestions. I will research Lake Loiuse, Whistler and Big Sky before comitting to Aspen or Utah. Glad to hear that the link between Snowbird and Alta is good and or/ that it would be easy to get there from Park City.
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