[quote]Originally posted by mps:
What is your first choice for Spring, then?
In Colorado my first choice is Aspen and I will be there that week. But I am prejudiced because I have 2000 days on the hills there and I know I will always find good snow. With four areas ranging from 7800 to 12,600 feet in elevation I can always find some mid winter snow. Aspen Mtn. and Highlands have lots of steep east/west aspects that you can milk all day. Practically no lift lines, ever. I don’t think I have ever met a family that did not like Snowmass.
Vail can also be good. I like the different north, south exposures that the back bowls add. You can really follow the sun here. But it can be very crowded, especially chair 5.
I do like the variety that Front Range areas have. Winter park, A-basin, Copper and Loveland are all good choices for spring. I just don’t like the potential that all of these have for lift lines.
I would favor Telluride or Crested Butte over any of the front range areas, because of the line potential.
In Utah, Alta and Snowbird are as good as it gets at that time of the year. But they can both get some big lines. BCC can be a good option, but Solitude and Brighton are not nearly the ski areas that Snowbird and Alta are. SLC can be a good option, but with a family, driving between areas can be a bit of a hassle and the only real resort is Park City.
Lake Tahoe , Mammoth and Whistler all can be really good in the spring. Since they all have lots of heavier/wet snowfall, I tend to hit them a little later in the year. Late April is prime time for these areas.
I agree with feal that Banff area could also be very good.