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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Can anyone tell me what is the latest in the season I could go to Breckenridge and be sure of getting good snow?

I am thinking of going in Feb/March time - I cannot go before 26th Feb.
post #2 of 28
Generally March 31st. With Easter falling the weekend before it's kind of hard to say what would happen to terrain openings if the season went into the sh*tter. At Easter you'll likely find everything at Breck open even if the conditions have started to go rotten. After Easter, all bets are off and terrain closings could happen at any time.

My gut feeling based on the way the weather has been makes me think you'd be fine all the way up until April 9th. Maybe you can get some late season lodging deals by arriving April 1st?

Your best bet for skiing in the area will be Breck, Copper, and A Basin because of the altitude. Keystone, Vail, and Beaver Creek usually find Spring arriving about a week earlier.
post #3 of 28
Why would you go to breckenridge? Aspen is only another two hours of driving...
post #4 of 28
We went to a basin last year on april 6th I think and it snowed a foot. It was raining at breck and keystone...I'd say a basin is a better bet...
post #5 of 28

Get it in gear, Breck!

With a published snowfall average of 300" annually, and about 107" so far this season, the Breckenridge weather gods need to get it in gear!!!

Is there a particular snow dance that works well? Let me know, I've a lot of dancin' to do before we get there on the 16th!

Hope all y'all who are living near the slopes are having FUN!

- HT
post #6 of 28
I can remember on closing day April 22 2001 Skiing 18" of New Snow @ Breckenridge I-70 was closed & the place was empty. That day went on the books of one of the 10 best days ever!
April is the 2nd most Snowy month for Colorado!
post #7 of 28
There has been a major dump the last three years on closing day at Breckenridge..........It's the day I usually leave to return home and have to drive in it.

Vinn is right about "good snow" through March, but there will be something on the ground and very skiable till the last day which is April 17 this year---except of course for A-Basin (usually July 4)Also Loveland is well up there elevation wise and usually closes after Breckenridge---check their closing date, they would also be a good choice.
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by kev259
We went to a basin last year on april 6th I think and it snowed a foot. It was raining at breck and keystone...I'd say a basin is a better bet...
I'm sorry but there is no way on god's green earth it rained at any place on the mountain on April 6 at Breck. Their base is 9600 feet.

The resort will close long before they are out of snow!
post #9 of 28
LOL---I caught that too Rusty Guy.......I actually brought my rain gear out the first year I taught in the west---and everybody laughed, then roared, when I pulled out out standard eastern issue rubber (sewage treatment plant) gloves.

The second dumbest thing I did was actually bring the rain gear out the second season figuring the first year was just a fluke with no rain.

Live and learn !
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
I'm sorry but there is no way on god's green earth it rained at any place on the mountain on April 6 at Breck. Their base is 9600 feet.
I dunno.. last year was miserable. I don't specifically remember Apr 6th, but I wouldn't doubt it rained. I sorta remember having rain while the resorts were still open. Anyone know any whether archives where this specific info can be looked up?
post #11 of 28
might i recommend steamboat or aspen/snowmass?
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by vinn
Anyone know any whether archives where this specific info can be looked up?
Here is the weather at Leadville for the day. Same elevation. It is the nearest weather station. No rain........snow

http://www.almanac.com/weatherhistor...th=4&year=2004

I've worked for five seasons at a resort at 9200 feet. We close April 10-15 depending upon the year. I have never seen rain at that elevation in five years. The closest we'll get is graupel.

Loveland typically closes May 15. I will say the skiing at Loveland or A-Basin from mid April to mid May is about the best conditions one could ask for. One or the other will typically "catch" a couple of major snowstorms during that time frame.
post #13 of 28
I just got back from Vail, where it rained all the way up to 8700 feet one afternoon, so I would not doubt that it could rain in Breck, only 900 feet higher, in April, although it would certainly be a rare occurance.

As far as how late is too late, Breck does have a higher elevation than most places, sans ABasin and Loveland, however it also faces east, meaning it gets more direct sunlight in the morning.

In all, late February and March sould be fine other than the 2 week span of Spring Breakers in March, where you will have so many people skiing it will suck no matter how much snow they get.

The later you go the more likely that you will enounter Spring conditions, but you may also get into the Spring monsoon season as well and catch a huge dump.
post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 
When is Spring Break? I'm not from the USA, so have no idea when this refers to!
post #15 of 28
I'm sorry but there is no way on god's green earth it rained at any place on the mountain on April 6 at Breck. Their base is 9600 feet.

The resort will close long before they are out of snow!

Ok, I was there, and drove right past keystone...it was raining. Bare spots everywhere. Last year was not good at all. I was up at breck in Janurary that year and there were bare spots ALL over the place. I think it was just a bad year, but it was definatly raining, and warm...
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by unionbowler
might i recommend steamboat or aspen/snowmass?
You know, I absolutely love it when someone inquires about one ski resort and then someone chimes in telling them to go somewhere else. This one is great, the question was, "Can anyone tell me what is the latest in the season I could go to Breckenridge and be sure of getting good snow?". It wasn't "What's your opinion of Breckenridge?" or "Do you think I should go to Breckenridge?"

Well heck, Steamboat and Aspen both tend to suck more than Breck for April skiing, so I really don't even understand the point of the recommendation.

Might I recommend Aruba? I hear the beaches are fantastic.
post #17 of 28
Ohhh, and I'm sure this year will(well already is) be 100% better...I think last year was abnormal.
post #18 of 28
Hannah---I'll hit a bunch of stuff for you here.

There are actually 4 spring break weeks (College/University break) that effect Breckenridge. (several regions of the US go on holiday at different times) It runs the entire month of March, The first week of March will see a small increase in business---the next three will be VERY busy. Typically the last week of March is only marginally busy, but this year Easter falls on the last weekend in March. Breckenridge as most areas will be packed the last three weeks of March.

After Easter weekend business (and prices) drop like a rock. Closing date is 4/17 and even with trail closings (if any) there is still a ton of skiing to be had.

Breckenridge has an interchangable ticket with Keystone and A-Basin.

Having worked in Summit County from 80-86 and visiting (end of March ----closing day--last year 4/25) for the last 8 seasons I can tell you I have never seen it rain on the mtn in the above mentioned time frames. This years snow pack (as of last week) was almost exactly the same as last years----at just below average----but the long range forecast was for an unusually wet Jan-Mar due to a projected change in the Jet Stream.

In April you may find every type snow conditions that exists---from frozen in the morning---to perfect wet midday snow to mashed potato snow/slush in the afternoon......Many times there is winter conditions (powder/packed powder) at the top of the ske area. You could also see a major snow storm and winter conditions.......April is a crap-shoot.
post #19 of 28
I second what Uncle Louie says about the time frame of Spring break and conditions. I had forgetten that Easter is in March this year, so pretty much from the second week of march till the end of March will be packed. Fortunately, I get to work those 3 weeks and won't be skiing anywhere - pluses and minuses there. Also, Breck has an event called the Spring Massive in April, but I never ski there that time of year, so I'm not sure how crowded it gets.

How long will you be out there? If it is only for a week or two I would recommend the date you mentioned above as the earliest you could go, Feb 26. Almost the entire mountain is open at this point, as are most Vail resorts mountains if you get the interchangeable lift tickets.
post #20 of 28
I went 3rd week in March to Keystone last year. Snow was really bad at the base for 2 reasons:

1) Very warm weather. It was 60*F mid day at the base.
2) The Summit Cty resorts can't make snow after 1/31 so, even though they might be able to physically make snow at night, they were prevented from doing so.

On the other hand, mid-March of '02 was epic! The snow literally caved in the roof of the Denver Airport. Gotta love that!!!
post #21 of 28
Don't know why but the last few years Keystone hasn't been getting hit like everyone else has----note todays new snow report (from West to East) Beaver Creek--14"---------Vail---10"-----Breck---4" ----Keystone-- 2".
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by vinn
You know, I absolutely love it when someone inquires about one ski resort and then someone chimes in telling them to go somewhere else. This one is great, the question was, "Can anyone tell me what is the latest in the season I could go to Breckenridge and be sure of getting good snow?". It wasn't "What's your opinion of Breckenridge?" or "Do you think I should go to Breckenridge?"

Well heck, Steamboat and Aspen both tend to suck more than Breck for April skiing, so I really don't even understand the point of the recommendation.

Might I recommend Aruba? I hear the beaches are fantastic.
hannah only says that she can't make it to colorado until feb. 26th - that's not exactly april. personally, having spent six seasons in colorado, i have seen dry ground at breck during every possible winter month of the year. i have found the snow on the western slope to be more consistant, and steamboat just rocks.

everyone has their fav. resorts. you can rest assured you will never have to deal with me at breck, though. i personally find the snow level and degree of steepness at breck to be about the same as in aruba - except it's windy and cold to boot.

hannah - the earlier you can get out to colorado, the more luck you'll have. that said, anytime in march is usually pretty sweet in colorado in general - it's usually quite a snowy month!
post #23 of 28
Last year was slim pickings, for sure. Steamboat will close this year on the 9th of April. We will be there as in many years past. Last year it was the worst i've seen in April. I've skied there many Aprils in knee deep freshies. Skied the last day at Copper last year also. Wasn't real good either but better conditions. Mainly because of the higher elevation. Skied Vail the last day also this past season. Was the worst last day of skiing I can remember at Vail. Actually had to dodge bare spots, large ones all the way down the front. I've never seen it rain at Breck. ABasin last April was very nice with quite a bit of snow. Even skied the Chutes above the East Wall. Keystone was ice to slush to bare the last day there. Breck and ABasin stay open longer for a reason. Good Spring conditions, consistantly.
post #24 of 28
One thing I forgot to say. We always ski Colorado in April and will again this year. I think April has the best skiing,the most base and no crowds, cheap stays, ski shop sales and most years, deep powder.
post #25 of 28
Late March of '04 was unusual-many days afternoon temps reached into the 50's. The lower runs at many resorts were rivers in the afternoon. A very unique year with possibly a few drops of rain down below the resorts. But definitely not the norm. There was a lot of early morning dust on crust-real fun.

This year-until March arrives-who knows. Right now Summit County is a little below the statistical average for snowpack but we have been getting a good bit of snow the past few days and expecting more over the next week. January is normally a fairly dry month (at least snow wise).
post #26 of 28
Breck is good right now...Lots open and some secret stashes...This is gonna be a big year I can feel it.
post #27 of 28
I skied Breck yesterday. I found up to a foot of powder. The Patrol was blasting peaks 7 and 8. Conditions are much improved, but we want more! Perhaps this weekend?
post #28 of 28
As many have already stated, Breckenridge has some of the best late season conditions in the country because of our elevation. I have been here since ’92 and I have never seen the ski area close because of lack of snow. It is always due to lack of guests who are no longer thinking of skiing when spring and summer are kicking in where they live. Arapahoe Basin which is near Breckenridge usually tries to stay open until the 4th of July and I have heard rumors of the area trying to stay open year round now that they have snowmaking.
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