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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi,

My husband is an advanced intermediate who is starting to get used to powder and bumps and I am an intermediate who avoids bumps and has issues with steeps and generally wants to just relax in a pretty place on vacation.

What suggestions do you have for destination resorts, that will still have good snow in mid-to end of April with ski-in ski-out and good food. We're looking for
1. something that's a step down in expense and cost from Beaver Creek or Deer Valley but still nice,
2. a walkable village w/ shopping that doesn't require a rental car while we're there and
3. lodging in a location that means we won't have to do much schlepping of stuff to get to and from the lifts or even significant pole-pushing (many places say ski-in ski-out but what they mean is skate ski uphill to the lift until you're sweaty then sit and freeze up the hill!).

Also its fine with us if the place is not "child friendly" as we're looking for more of a romantic experience.

Thanks for your help. I really enjoy reading these boards! You are all so well informed.

Cece Lou
post #2 of 15
You're going to have trouble with options in mid to late April, as most of the main resorts close the second weekend of April.

That being said, I'd suggest Aspen if you can make it out earlier.
post #3 of 15
Breck, just go earlier.
post #4 of 15
if you go first week in April, Beaver Creek and Deer Valley are very reasonable. Most places are about 1/2 off.
post #5 of 15
Mammoth Mountain is one of the few open mid to late April and tends to have better late-season conditions than most North American resorts. If you stay in the new village, you won't need a car to get around. However, to get there, you're going to have to drive from either Reno (not sure the time it takes) or from Los Angeles (about five hours).

It is a truly classic mountain for all ability levels, though.
post #6 of 15
Telluride. It's incredibly scenic, and has a great ambiance.

There are two 'centres' - the old town, and a ski in/ski out mountain village, joined by a gondola.

Lots of enjoyable intermediate skiing, reliable snow and very nice weather usually.

I would recommend the famous New Sheridan Hotel on the main street, it was a lovely place to stay and surprisingly affordable.
post #7 of 15
breck, vail, copper
post #8 of 15
Second the Mammoth trip, on all counts. Next, Whistler, probably plenty of snow 3/4 of mountain, but none at bottom.

Oh just thought of THE best possibility for late snow: Banff, 1.5 hours from Calgary: Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Too bad you'll have to drive.

Good luck!
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by ShellBee
Telluride. It's incredibly scenic, and has a great ambiance.

There are two 'centres' - the old town, and a ski in/ski out mountain village, joined by a gondola.

Lots of enjoyable intermediate skiing, reliable snow and very nice weather usually.

I would recommend the famous New Sheridan Hotel on the main street, it was a lovely place to stay and surprisingly affordable.
Ooops.. but not in mid April I would think.

What about one of the interior BC resorts? Big White or Silver Star? Lots of nice intermediate skiing, pretty villages, heaps of ski in/ski out and outdoor hot tubs.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Yes we have to go late in the season (if at all) because I've imposed a ski moratorium until after we know about the tax situation (to be fair we're going to Taos next week because I have a business trip in NM and we went to Beaver Creek before Xmas). Still it would be good to get in 1 more trip especially since I just got new skis for my birthday and I'm not terribly optimistic about Taos

So what's the exact deal on Lake Louise. If we stayed at the Chateau how far a ride is it to the skiing? I don't mind driving to the hotel but want to be able to stay in bed and meet DH later if I'm tired which I usually am after a day of skiing and a poor nights sleep at altitude. If the hotel has a shuttle to the slopes I could be cool with that as long as its not mega far (I have a round trip commute of 100 miles a day in D.C. traffic-no way I'm going on vacation and staying miles away from the slopes.

Also, what are good places to stay in Mammoth. Not necessarily cheap but relaxing, cute, quaint, romantic? And how far from the slopes.

Finally I've heard that the food situation's not good in Mammoth. Any recommendations?

Thanks for the scoop. Y'all are most helpful!

Cece Lou
post #11 of 15
Snowbird usually stays open very late, sometimes until May. Heck, last May, I had 2 inches of fresh powder on my front lawn in West Valley City one day. But I'm not sure if Snowbird meets your criteria for a "village".

Solitude has more of a village, but they usually close in mid April.

Maybe The Canyons?

Snowbird has some nice lodging and even some "romance" packages, a spa, even a little liquor store, etc.

But let's face it, the whole state of Utah is, to one extent or another; Child Friendly.
post #12 of 15
Snowmass
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by cecelou
So what's the exact deal on Lake Louise. If we stayed at the Chateau how far a ride is it to the skiing? I don't mind driving to the hotel but want to be able to stay in bed and meet DH later if I'm tired which I usually am after a day of skiing and a poor nights sleep at altitude. If the hotel has a shuttle to the slopes I could be cool with that as long as its not mega far (I have a round trip commute of 100 miles a day in D.C. traffic-no way I'm going on vacation and staying miles away from the slopes.

Also, what are good places to stay in Mammoth. Not necessarily cheap but relaxing, cute, quaint, romantic? And how far from the slopes.

Finally I've heard that the food situation's not good in Mammoth. Any recommendations?
I'd forgotten about Banff/Louise as an option. It's one of the prettiest places on the planet. The Chateau is only a couple of miles to the ski resort. The Post Hotel is right there as well and is supposed to be really nice (you won't have the views you'll have at the Chateau, though). I'm not sure that they have a shuttle bus. if you book through www.skibig3.com, your lift ticket works on the bus that shuttles between hotels and the ski resorts. I'm not sure how convenient the shuttles are as we drove when we were there. Banff is definitely easier to get to than Mammoth - You can probably get a direct flight from DC to Calgary - from Calgary, you're about a three hour drive to Louise.

If you don't want to feel too secluded, you may want to consider staying in Banff instead of Louise. It's a very cool town with lots to do and all sorts of restaurants. Lots of lodging options there, too.

Most of what you're looking for in lodging at Mammoth is going to be controlled by Mammoth. You'll probably want to stay in the new village. The Juniper Lodge would be a good option, but you'd have to drive or shuttle over to the village. You probably want to wait until Mammoth starts posting their late-season specials before booking.

I can't much comment on the food situation in Mammoth. We ate our anniversary dinner at The Chart House which I enjoyed. I thought the on-mountain food was very good. Other than that, it was a lot of KFC and the like since I'm a cheap-skate.

Overall, if your trip is mostly about skiing, I'd say Mammoth is the best option. If it's about ancillary activities and taking in some of the best scenery anywhere, I'd go with Banff/Louise.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by RSLFan
Snowbird usually stays open very late, sometimes until May. Heck, last May, I had 2 inches of fresh powder on my front lawn in West Valley City one day. But I'm not sure if Snowbird meets your criteria for a "village".
If she's got issues with steeps, Snowbird is most definitely not for her and it's likely the only spot in Utah that will be open in that time frame.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by cecelou
Yes we have to go late in the season,
So what's the exact deal on Lake Louise. If we stayed at the Chateau how far a ride is it to the skiing?
not that far 5-10 km, and lake louise is about 200 km from the Calgary airport,, so about a 2hr drive , there are shuttles available..

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Originally Posted by cecelou
I don't mind driving to the hotel but want to be able to stay in bed and meet DH later if I'm tired which I usually am after a day of skiing and a poor nights sleep at altitude.
lake louise is not that high compared to some u.s. resorts,,, the chateau is at around 5500 ft I
think..
lake louise is gorgeous and should be very romantic,, not a lot to do off the slopes after hours,, but banff is about a 1/2 hr drive,,

for a beginner/intermediate skier sunshine village is definitely worth a visit ,, tons of great terrain,, great views,, and there should be some great snow,, late april could easily still be pretty much winter at sunshine,, they dont usually close till the 3rd weekend in may
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