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We are ready to make the final plans for a ski vacation, and have done all the research on lodging, flights, and everything else, but we still have on e concern. SNOW!! Our trip will be during late March into early April, to either Whistler or Banff/LL/Sunshiine. We are looking for powder, not spring conditions and were wondering if it would be crazy to expect htis at either place? Which resort will give us the best chance of having the good stuff at that time of year? Are we takiing a huge risk going to Whistler?

Thanks for the help
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Wrong forum.
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Originally posted by MJS:
We are ready to make the final plans for a ski vacation, and have done all the research on lodging, flights, and everything else, but we still have on e concern. SNOW!! Our trip will be during late March into early April, to either Whistler or Banff/LL/Sunshiine. We are looking for powder, not spring conditions and were wondering if it would be crazy to expect htis at either place? Which resort will give us the best chance of having the good stuff at that time of year? Are we takiing a huge risk going to Whistler?

Thanks for the help
I've been skiing fresh snow on closing day at SSV on May 21. 7000-9000 ft and not near the coast = more winter. Whistler fountain gets some big dumps but is wet in the middle of winter. Banff is colder and drier
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April/May at Whistler may find you very damp conditions in the village, and you might feel a bit silly waiting for the gondola in the pouring rain with little rivers running down the street. Go up.... waaay up, and you will find mega powder (albeit a bit thick) and zero lift lines mid week. Best powder day of my life up there was in the first week of May... or was it June?
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Believe best bet for type of conditions you want at that time of season between those two places is Banff, esp at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise ski areas because of higher summit elevations; close to 9000ft vs 7000ft for Whistler/Blackcomb. They are also further north and farther from Pacific Ocean currents.
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Originally posted by jamesj:
Believe best bet for type of conditions you want at that time of season between those two places is Banff, esp at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise ski areas because of higher summit elevations; close to 9000ft vs 7000ft for Whistler/Blackcomb. They are also further north and farther from Pacific Ocean currents.
I have skiied both locales the first and second week of April. I found great skiing at both places although you usually have to download at Whistler due to the deep slush at the bottom. Banff is cheaper but there's more terrain at Whistler. My vote would be Whistler.
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