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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking to make a trip late april or the first week of may, and I'm trying to decide if I should go to stowe (and stay with a friend in burlington) or go to mt baldy or big bear (stay with my brother in l.a.)

Any thoughts or advice? I've only skied 3 times ever, so advanced terrain isn't an issue,not ready for all that yet. I'm just parallel turning on greens and blues.

Also, if there's anywhere else that'll be open that you think is much better a place to get, lemme know.

thanks
num
post #2 of 17
Stowe will be closed, they plan to close this weekend. No resorts in the East will be open when you are planning your trip, other than perhaps Killington and the open terrain there will not be to your liking (think "mega bump runs").

Best to head out West. I would skip Mt. Baldy, not much terrain for your ability level (assuming they will still be open). I don't know when Bear Mountain plans to close, but I would be surprised if they stayed open that late into the spring, even though I understand they have a good base right now. You should call the mountain or check their website before planning your trip. If they plan to be open, ask if the type of terrain you like will be open because there's a chance that only the more difficult terrain will have snow.

You have waited very late in the season, most resorts close by mid-April. Will you consider going someplace where you don't have free accommodations (staying with friends/relatives) or is that part of the requirement for figuring out where to go? Also, if you've never skied late season like this before, you will find the snow is very technical and tiring, especially for someone of your ability level. Often the beginner terrain is closed late in the season too because the warm temps have melted the snow on the trails at the bottom of the mountain.

Thatsagirl
post #3 of 17
Sometimes Klingontown keeps the trail next to the bumps run "groomed" .. rock skis are in order though ... with exposed mud on the pitches.
post #4 of 17
Neither will be open by then.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by num
I'm thinking to make a trip late april or the first week of may... Also, if there's anywhere else that'll be open that you think is much better a place to get, lemme know.

thanks
num
Snowbird will be open and can be cheap that time of year, check their website.

Cheers,

Michael
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by barrettscv
Snowbird will be open and can be cheap that time of year, check their website.

Cheers,

Michael
You're suggesting Snowbird to someone who has skied three times and skis greens and easy blues? You're kidding, right?

Num, you might want to read this thread about resorts open in May:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=40118

Thatsagirl
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
thanks for the info, gonna go check that thread now. wish i'd started skiing earlier, didn't get my first time in till the end of the season at most places around here. if staying with a friend were an option that'd be great, but if it's not i'd still try and make the trip
post #8 of 17
Alpine Meadows in Tahoe might be a good choice. Tons of snow this year, good terrain for beginners and intermediates. Perhaps a local will post about whether they keep lower-level terrain open late in the season. You might want to start a separate thread asking that question if you decide Alpine looks like a place you'd consider visiting.

Good thing about Tahoe is you can find lots of cheap places to stay if you're so inclined.

Edited: to add Mammoth is another good choice, they're having a great snow year too.

Thatsagirl
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
do you happen to know if squaw is a good place for my ability?

thanks
num
post #10 of 17
Having grown up in L.A. and now living in Boston, I can promise none of the areas you're thinking about will have snow, or be open.

But Mammoth will be open forever, with the load they've accumulated. Rent a car or get your friend to take you. 5 hours from L.A. on 395. Catching morning over the eastern escarpment of the sierras, cruising past Whitney, among the most beautiful drives in the U.S. Not to be missed even if you don't ski. And Mammoth's beginner runs are long, wide, and in May, soft. Bring sunblock.
post #11 of 17
Squaw has less terrain for your ability than either Alpine Meadows or Mammoth. But if you were to choose Tahoe, you could always spend a day each at Squaw and Alpine and see which you like most. (By the way, when "beyond" says none of the areas you're thinking about will be open, he means the ones you list in your original post, not the ones we're discussing now).

Thatsagirl
post #12 of 17
I would skip Squaw. They do not mark the trails just the lifts. You will have no idea what you're getting into. Not a beginner place.
post #13 of 17

North Tahoe

Will be a very nice Early may ski vacation this year.

Stay in TahoeCity,
Ski Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadow. Squaw is nice in spring because there is allot! of open beginner terrain off the Tram. Also Top of the Tram has a huge pool where people hang out. It’s a very nice time. Alpine also has some good lower level terrain, and has the added bonus of the 99$ spring pass. So you could get the pass and ski many days for 99$ There is a lot of snow it will probably still be in excess of 10 feet deep in June (NO exaggeration) Also Tahoe is a Beautiful place when not skiing.


Your other option is Manmouth. BIG but isolated and expencive.
post #14 of 17
Yeah...Squaw/Alpine is where it's at....Squaw has a huge beginner/intermediate area AT THE TOP which is nice for late morning corn snow (if it ever warms up this year)....and the pool, hottub & bar at highcamp and the cool base village make it really, really nice to hang at....uhh...and not to mention just being able to see Lake Tahoe is worth the trip...

picture this day
- skiing perfect corn all morning
- hitting highcamp to swim/hottub around 1:00
- driving around the lake to NV to get the 4pm sun and bake on some rocks or have some drinks on the pier at the Marriot in Incline
- then top it off with a Tahoe Dixie dinner cruise (I have pics of that at home if you'd like to see)

....that would be a day you never forget



...or visit you're bro in LA and do a side trip to Mammoth...Mammoth is beautiful (you're essentially in Yosemite), it's mellow and inexpensive to stay then and there are hotsprings galore to chill at after...and with it's elevation you may even get some of that nice Mammoth specialty windbuff hero snow!!


Seriously...can't go wrong with either...
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by eyeski
I would skip Squaw. They do not mark the trails just the lifts. You will have no idea what you're getting into. Not a beginner place.
I think that as long as you stick to the beginner/intermediate area at the highcamp area, you'll be fine. But I agree that it will be confusing to try to explore more of the mountain and you could easily get in over your head.

X-EastCoaster describes the classic spring day at Squaw. Pick a sunny day and you're all set for a memorable experience.

Also, as someone else said, there are tons of things to do off the mountains in Tahoe. You should talk your brother into going. Even if he doesn't ski, he'll be able to find other things to do while you ski and you can do stuff together afterwards.

Thatsagirl
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by num
I'm thinking to make a trip late april or the first week of may, and I'm trying to decide if I should go to stowe (and stay with a friend in burlington) or go to mt baldy or big bear (stay with my brother in l.a.)

Any thoughts or advice? I've only skied 3 times ever, so advanced terrain isn't an issue,not ready for all that yet. I'm just parallel turning on greens and blues.

Also, if there's anywhere else that'll be open that you think is much better a place to get, lemme know.

thanks
num

You see that Kirkwood is running with a 300-400 inch base an dang near 800 inches up top this year, right???

I cry everytime I look at the snow reports out there--it's setting up to be the best late season, oh, I don't know, EVER!

Listen to Horace Greeley!

Liam
post #17 of 17
As a former Easterner I can testify that almost any skiing in the West is superior to skiing in the East.

That might irk some people but it's hard to refute.
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