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Utah April 10-17 or Whistler

post #1 of 17
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I'm sure this question is repeatedly asked but I will ask again.
I have the chance to stay with Relatives in Sandy and ski, and the only time I can get off work is the week of April 10-17.
I am trying to decide between here or Whistler.
I'm mostly interested in Snowbird and Alta. How are the conditions usually at this time of year and how does it look right now?
I am not expecting huge dumps of powder and I like corn, I just dont want to be bouncing of exposed rocks and stumps everywhere.
Anything will be better than the ice I have been on all year.
Any help is appreciated.
post #2 of 17
To date Alta has about 13 foot base. Even if the gods turned off the powder you would still have some excellent conditions in mid April. Locals look forward to April skiing no crowds and some of the sweetest turns of the season. If you want to Party go to Whistler if you want to ski come to Utah.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Utah49
To date Alta has about 13 foot base. Even if the gods turned off the powder you would still have some excellent conditions in mid April. Locals look forward to April skiing no crowds and some of the sweetest turns of the season. If you want to Party go to Whistler if you want to ski come to Utah.
And BYOB!
post #4 of 17
Just got back from a weekend at Whistler. It just keeps on snowing & snowing Right now they have a 10ft base and it still keeps coming. You couldn't go wrong picking either place. If you're planning to ski the whole week, I'd say Whistler, as there would be more terrain to keep you entertained.
post #5 of 17

More terrain at WB than Alta/Snowbird?

That's a comment to start a whole new thread. But I don't think so...not unless 2500 feet of lower mountain rollers are counted in WB's mix.
post #6 of 17

Stay in Canada!

Why would'nt You? If you go to Whistler /Blackholmb it will most likely be a better value just due to the currency exchange. IMHO the terrain at Whistler is more than world class if you can't find what you need there then ,I Don't know!!
If you want to party/socialize you can. lots of Hotties , relaxed ,cool, liberal vibe/atmosphere, and helping to support the ski industry in YOUR OWN country. If I was American I'd have the same attitude about staying home there. Nothing wrong with sampling our Neighbors hospitality mind you ,Just a general comment all things being equal. Have Fun!!
post #7 of 17

Post Easter Whistler

Whistler has been great this year, and yesterday was superb! I often suggest to my friends / guests that they come to Whistler after Easter, the mountain still has great snow (at least mid-mountain on up) crowds are minimal to non-exsistant and the sun is out.

Alas given the rise in the Canadian dollar and the weak US dollar Whistler is no longer "cheap", but it is still a fine place to ski and spend time.
post #8 of 17
BYOB? As in Brring your own Board( Snowboard ) Bring your own Boards (Skis) Bring your own Betty (as in Girlfriend) You really don't have to bring your own bottle.
post #9 of 17
Whistler's good from top to bottom right now, so the full 5000 vert ft is in effect. If you want to stay on the top 1/2 of the mountain, that's ok too. There are so many micro-climates because of the vert. You can have pow on top, spring below, and everything inbetween. Lot's of choices even if you want to subtract the lower 2500 ft.
post #10 of 17
If you choose Whistler, bring an umbrella and one of those plastic rain jackets with a hood.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Utah49
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If you want to Party go to Whistler if you want to ski come to Utah.
Oh, please.
post #12 of 17
Whistler, hands down.
More terrain
Better night life
More off hill options
Better food
Did Alta and Snowbird for the first time this year. For my money it isn't even close. The only problem with Whistler is getting there.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by wizard
There are so many micro-climates because of the vert. You can have pow on top, spring below, and everything inbetween. Lot's of choices even if you want to subtract the lower 2500 ft.
I was skiing there on March 23 and 24. The weather was terrible especially on 24th. Snow and heavy wind at the top, rain at the bottom, dense fog everywhere... And I heard that it's not something unusual...

Mikhail
post #14 of 17
Hmm.... I was there on Mar 25, 26 and it was awesome. On the 25th it was a bluebird day with all the pow up top which had been totally untracked due to the winds from day before, was all open for all. I'll have to post a pic, it was breathtakingly beautiful! People were launching off Air Jordan and cutting it up in knee deep freshies off peak. The 26th was great as well, a lot of the easily accessible stuff had been tracked out from the day before, but we hit the trees and all the secret stashes. Still lots of pow and no crowds

It's all a matter of timing isn't it? You got the storm and we got the goods after the storm the following day
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by wizard
It's all a matter of timing isn't it? You got the storm and we got the goods after the storm the following day
As far as I understand it, with Whistler it is rather matter of luck and a lower probability of a good weather compare to other places

And speaking of weather and probabilities, it had been raining the week before I was there and the week after. There was one sunny day in two weeks and you got lucky that you had a chance to ski that day. I kind of envy you...

Mikhail
post #16 of 17
I have skied both W/B and all throughout Utah. I live near Vancouver. I just got back from two days at W/B Apr 1-2. the first day i skied Whistler snow in the alpine was great, lower 1500 spring like corn mid 1000 a touch hard packed but the alpine was soft packed powder. Visibility was variable. 2nd day unlimited visibility snow same as 1st day. with this years base some of the double blacks ski a little easier. On the flip side I love Utahs snow (consistant throughout mountain when Ive been there Feb) and varied terrain.
You have 7 or 8 resorts to choose from. Right now (today) W/B is a great overall skiing/riding experience. I cant speak for Utah today. You'll have great time either way!!!
post #17 of 17

whistler/utah

Conditions opened up today at whistler,skiable top to bottom,good coverage,
packed powder at the top ,sticky in the middle, corn on the bottom
It has been foggy with poor visibility and light snow for the past four days
Utah would have better snow conditions and whistler more terrain with the village and all it has to offer
Hard core ? go to Utah
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