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First week in April

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Thread Starter 
My daughter started kindergarten this year and doesn't get spring break until the first week of April.

Any suggestions on places that late in the session? I prefer a mountain with a lot of challenging terrain.
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Snowbird, Mammoth, W/B...
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Snowbird, Mammoth, W/B...
And Squaw Valley, Aspen Mountain/Aspen Highlands.
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http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...t=april+skiing

long thread on this from couple months ago.
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Thread Starter 
Wow, that's a lot more than I suspected. Sorry for the additional question, but I have never skied any later than February : .

Any recommendations on which of those may consistently have good conditions (I know that averages hide all the variations!!)?

Thanks again for the advice.
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Thanks James. I should've used the search function.........
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Thanks James. I should've used the search function.........
The ones Ryan and I mentioned are all known for good late-season conditions.
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My daughter started kindergarten this year and doesn't get spring break until the first week of April.

Any suggestions on places that late in the session? I prefer a mountain with a lot of challenging terrain.

If you want guaranteed midwinter conditions in April go to Banff. April brings midwinter conditions at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.
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Banff is the best spot for midwinter conditions in April. Lake Louise is a legitimate Big Mountain with challenge for everyone. Sunshine has really good intermediate and advanced terrain and has some serious "no falling allowed" true expert terrain such as Delerium Dive.

Plus both have scenery which will leave you in awe. Banff is a great town and your daughter will probably love the veritable wildlife show as the elk and bighorn sheep congragate in the valley.
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Thanks BC13. I was looking at the old thread and found the link to Tony's webpage and suggest the same.

I think the family would be pretty excited to leave the country so we might give that a try.

Quick question: For some reason I thought Banff and Sunshine were the same place. Are all these different resorts in close proximity to each other?
post #11 of 20
Hi Js137

Banff is a resort town that is located close to the ski mountains of Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Sunshine being closer to Banff.
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In the Sierra generally, April is a great time to be out skiing. Alpine Meadows is known for its spring skiing; many consider it the best time to be on the hill. Early April this year was incredible, but of course, March was the snowiest single month ever. And the mountains tend to be empty, because many people are (foolishly) moving on to baseball etc.

With a kindergartener, I'm guessing that a key factor will be availability of lessons and supervision for her. You'll want to check whether the kids school will still be open. Alternatively, bear in mind that many season-long team programs (e.g., Alpine's) will be closing up shop right around then, and there may be some good freelance options if you ask around.
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The best skiing I ever saw was the first week of April in 1978. Went to Alta and skied fresh powder every day for 5 days. It was always at least knee-deep and day 5 was unbelievable - not a cloud in the sky, temps in the high 20's in the AM, not a breath of wind, into the high 30's by mid afternoon. I wish that day never ended

For those that skied there this past year, I know that Utah had another 'epic' April. I can't imagine any place being a better bet.
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I rate most of the major destinations for both Christmas and spring break here: http://webpages.charter.net/tcrocker818/fam_ski.htm . If you're picky about snow conditions choose a place I rate 5 for spring. (Repeated from other thread for convenience) It's a much longer list than the one for Christmas.

My older son (now on UCSD ski team) was at a private school K-12 with spring break always the week containing April 1. He was at Mammoth for 4 of those 13 spring breaks and at 8 other judiciously chosen destination resorts and all of the trips were good. You won't be unhappy if that week becomes an annual ski trip.
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you will have no problem at alta/snowbird/brighton/solitude unless it is an off year. it is peak season, with good chance of fresh powder.

someone mentioned aspen? they are just about closing then.
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someone mentioned aspen? they are just about closing then.
They close for lack of people. Not for lack of snow.
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Highlands and Buttermilk close 4/1. Aspen and Snowmass close the 15th.
Generally, most of the terrain is open closing day. Sometimes if it's really warm patrol closes some of the steep runs on lower Ajax because of the wet slide danger.
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Our spring break was the last week on March last year. We got dumped on everyday in the Cottonwood Canyons of Utah. Snowbird and Alta will be great late season bets- plenty of snow and challenging terrain.
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My daughter and I head out for a ski week every year during that first week of April, and so far our best experiences have been at Whistler. (We're going back in 2007.) In particular, she really rates highly the instructors and the group dynamics at the Whistler ski school---they run a first class operation at that school, and she has had wonderful instructors from Australia, Europe and Canada. (She has a few horror stories about some kids ski school instructors at a few US resorts.)

You can get an affordable condo for the week from the Allura Direct brokering service, and if you buy your list tickets online before November 15, your daughter gets a free lift ticket for the week and you get a free group lesson day. Lift tickets for the week of April 2 are about US $47/day. http://www.alluradirect.com/whistler-lift-tickets.cfm
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Thanks BC13. I was looking at the old thread and found the link to Tony's webpage and suggest the same.

I think the family would be pretty excited to leave the country so we might give that a try.

Quick question: For some reason I thought Banff and Sunshine were the same place. Are all these different resorts in close proximity to each other?

Sunshine Village is about 15 minutes outside of the town of Banff. I think Sunshine is a fabulous ski area for beginner through advanced skiers. Lots of varied terrain. It is also nice that most all of the terrain funnels back to one central area from which the lifts go out 360 degrees. Lake Louise ski area is about 45 minutes North of Banff in the town of Lake Louise. Norquay is a smaller ski area adjacent to Banff.

Banff is a very nice town set amidst the Canadian Rockies with options for everyone. Varied hotel, restaraunt, nightlife, and shopping options abound. The town of Lake Louise is much smaller and for the most part quite upscale. LL is a great place to visit when you ski Lake Louise but does not have nearly the options provided by Banff.

If you want a quiet experience you can stay at Sunshine Village in the only ski in/ ski out lodging in the park. I believe the hotel is called the Inn at Sunshine. The lodge is at the ski area, which is only reached by a 10 minute gondola ride. Once the gondola shuts down (not sure what time) you are there for the night, with guaranteed first tracks in the morning. Lots of lodging options in Baff offer outdoor heated pools, which I am sure your daughter would love.

If you decide to head to Banff and have a rental car you might consider driving north to the Columbia icefields which is one of the most beautiful spots in the continent. If I recall correctly, the drive North to Jasper is only about 2.5 hours, so I believe the icefields are less than 2 hours North of Banff. If you drive all the way to Jasper drive through the grounds of the Jasper Park Lodge. The Elk are everywhere on the grounds.

Skican.com usually has great rates and offers a split trip between Banff/Jasper (Marmot Basin).

Hope this helps

Bill
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