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Last week in March-Suggestions for the West

post #1 of 7
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Hi All,
I was originally planning to go to Lake Louise. however, I have 2 for 1
air ticket vouchers that can only be used in the US. I'm coming from the NYC/NJ area and need a place that is easy to get to. I have been to SLC last year and want to try another area. Would you choose northern Tahoe Resorts (Squaw, Alpine) over Summit County Colorado? Also, does anyone know how Steamboat might be at that time of the year? I am hesitant about Steamboat since there is nothing else there.
I would love to try Big Sky-but it would involve taking three!! flights.
PS It will also be the week of Easter Break. Any suggestions are appreciated.
post #2 of 7
Fly into SLC rent a car drive about 4 to 5 hours up to Jackson hole you won't regret it.
post #3 of 7
Fly into Reno and drive 55 minutes to Squaw, Sugar Bowl, Mt Rose, Alpine Meadows or North Star. The Sierra will have a great base in March and Truckee is a fun ski town.
post #4 of 7
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Last week in March-Western Suggestion

Do you think the Easter vacation week would lead to crowds at the Tahoe resorts? Also, how far would each resort be from the town of Truckee?
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Spring skiing

Some of the best skiing occurs in the Tahoe basin between late march and mid April. Oddly, the skiers in California quit going. This results in no lines, no crowds and frankly, ski areas closing in mid-April with some of the deepest snowpacks of the season.

I have frequently experienced both the best powder and groomed conditions, during this late part of the season, and had the slopes practically to myself. The March and early April storms tend to be cold and drop light fluffy snow. The sun angles are higher and the snow does tend to compact fairly quickly. Conditions can vary widely day to day. The locals are still going strong, but since spring weather arrives in the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area in mid-February, it seems by the end of March, people forget there is still great skiing available and are all golfing, gardening or boating. After mid-April most areas close, and several are open on weekends through Memorial day. Memorial Day skiing seems to bring out a bigger crowd for some reason. As proof, most of the areas have Holiday premiums for Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK weekend and Presidents Day weekend. NOT for easter or spring break. In fact, most areas start discounting tickets in late march and April (especially midweek) to try to keep interest up.
post #6 of 7

centralized vs variety, spring style

tahoe area is great if you want to drive to a different resort each day, but
they are spread around the lake.

summit county and slc both offer a bit more compactness of areas. utah
has more/better powder, less nightlife

i would see where you can get the flights first. that may decide your location for you
post #7 of 7
Last week of March. - - That should be your number one consideration. The weather that late in the month makes a trip much more of a gamble than just a couple of weeks earlier. I would opt for Summit County merely because they have an altitude advantage that takes a lot of the risk out of the weather factor.

Very deep snowpacks don't mean much when you are dealing with temps high enough to slush out the slopes in the early afternoon and then another freeze at night. Some merely call it 'spring' skiing, but I call it conditions that can't compete with warmer options at the lower altitudes. ....It's all in what you are looking for!
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