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best spring skiing

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
hey,
i was wondering what the best spring skiing places are in north america. I'm thinking about taking a trip somewhere around May 15th. What places would still have good skiing and what percentage of each mountain can i expect to be open? Thanks for any info.
Conor
post #2 of 24
I'd recommend Alpine Meadows, Squaw, Kirkwood or even Mammoth in Cali. The percentage of terrain varies at each one but if your looking for corn, that shouldn't matter too much. With the exception of the 'Wood, the other three stay open til June sometimes July depending on the snowpack. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #3 of 24
Mammoth is by far the best choice. The gondola will be running and from there you could ski to all 3100 acres of terrain. I recommend you stick to the expert runs off the top, though -- there's about twenty of those to choose from alone.

Have fun!
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
so do you think that the whole lower section will still be skiable too? Thanks.
Conor
post #5 of 24
I don't know about you but with the 70F temps since early March in Tahoe I'd question if this year you'll have such ideal conditions in those parts. Just something to keep in mind.
post #6 of 24
The snow line will vary from year to year, but in late May 2003 I recall it ran from about THE MILL CAFE to the letters in DOWNHILL. East of there would be east-facing terrain. Here's the whole trail map.

If there's snow it's skiable. Ski Gravy Chute at least once, but again the top is where you will want to ski. Maybe on the weekends Chair 5 will run, so if it was closed for five days you might want to check out how good that snow will be first thing Saturday morning.
post #7 of 24
Mt. Bachelor in Oregon is my recommendation. Mt. Bachelor has great spring snow and they do a great job grooming the snow to maximize its quality. They ski from 7:00 to 1:00 leaving you with the rest of the day to do other activities in the area like golf, mountain biking, white water and fishing. I would expect 50 to 70 percent of the mountain to be open which is a lot of terrain.
post #8 of 24
Mammoth is the place. Even if the lifts on the canyon side are closed, you can still ski the closed areas legally, with a bit of traversing, or climbing. If the snow is good, a car shuttle is very worthwhile. otherwise there is still tons of quality skiing at Main Lodge. Follow the sun, and ski it as it softens. Also that time of year is prime for a little BC. Tioga Pass has mindblowing terrain about 45 minutes away.
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
by mid-may, will only the gondola be open?
post #10 of 24
Quote:
Originally posted by Rio:
Mt. Bachelor in Oregon is my recommendation. Mt. Bachelor has great spring snow and they do a great job grooming the snow to maximize its quality. They ski from 7:00 to 1:00 leaving you with the rest of the day to do other activities in the area like golf, mountain biking, white water and fishing. I would expect 50 to 70 percent of the mountain to be open which is a lot of terrain.
You obviously haven't been there recently-Bachelor got bought out by Park City (Powdr Corp.) and it is run by some people in it for the short-term buck. The mountain now closes at Memorial day, and 1 lift (Pine Marten) runs after late April. That is about 7 runs or so, a far cry from the days that we skied until the 4th of July from the Summit. They don't run that lift during summertime anymore because it would require the use of 2 lifts, not one : , even though it opens up about 20 times as much terrain. Not to mention all of this was announced last year after season pass holders had made their $800 "pre-season local's deal" pass-yeah right. I shouldn't have gotten started about that joke of a "resort", I am in a bad mood now.
post #11 of 24
dawgcatching -

Mt. Bachelor scaling back its spring skiing is a tragedy. Before I moved to Montana I had been making April & May runs to Mt. Bachelor for almost 30 years. I still haven't skied anywhere that has spring conditions as good as there.
post #12 of 24
Re Mammoth
Quote:
by mid-may, will only the gondola be open?
1, 2, 3, 6, 11, G1, G2.
Maybe add 5, 10, and 23 on the weekends.

8:30 to 4:00.
8:30 to 3:30 for G2 (midstation-to-top portion of gondola) and Chair 23.

What sort of terrain would you like to ski? Do you have a whole crew? Just tell them to trust you about Mammoth. You'll be their hero.
post #13 of 24
Sunshine Village will close on May 24 this year.

Your guess is as good as anyone's as to the conditions you might encounter, but it is a good bet that you will encounter some of the best snow conditions available at any ski area on the continent at that time. Just like all the other options, a spring storm could easily have you skiing powder. ...The west coast does get about a third more snow throughout the season; but much of it is already melting away out west, while the Banff area is still enjoying winter conditions.

[ March 27, 2004, 05:55 AM: Message edited by: feal ]
post #14 of 24
Quote:
Originally posted by Rio:
dawgcatching -

Mt. Bachelor scaling back its spring skiing is a tragedy. Before I moved to Montana I had been making April & May runs to Mt. Bachelor for almost 30 years. I still haven't skied anywhere that has spring conditions as good as there.
That is because only "locals" (passholders) ski after mid-May or so. Therefore, they are staying open without generating any "revenue" in their eyes. What they fail to acknowledge is that our full season pass at the "pre-season" rock-bottom price of $799 is one of the highest in the West. Once they have our money, they could care less about serving the needs of us. Therefore, we have paid for that late spring skiing with our high pass rates, but that isn't how management looks at things these days. Heck, I work in a ski shop 20 miles from the base, yet I don't even get a discount on passes-$799 even though I send them HOW much business? I could simply tell everyone who comes in the shop to go to a competing resort, which is what I have started doing!
post #15 of 24
"20 miles from the base"

"From: Washington"

You've got to fill me in on your shortcut.
post #16 of 24
Sunshine should still be in good shape, our snowbase is pretty good (grew by about a foot during the last two weeks) and we should get a few dumps still to come. As I recall, May is a pretty reasonable time of the year for accomodations in Banff too. Spring Skiing pass is on sale for $269 (Canadian).
post #17 of 24
I just bought a Spring Pass at Alpine Meadows for $99. I bought one last year and skied 30 days on it. They have the best spring terrain in the Tahoe area and are usually open until the end of May.

Nothing beats the corn snow off the high traverse.
post #18 of 24
Is there something I should know? No more employee pass? The new girlfriend dumped you and you now live in Sanfarisco?
You shameless, shameless marketing HUSSY! Even Murtha wouldn't stoop....nah, yes he would!
Hope you come to visit! Robin
post #19 of 24
just fyi kirkwood is gonna be open weekends in may this year.
post #20 of 24
Wow! I'd love to go skiing in May. I wish skiing in the East! Here in WV skiing season is generally over in March I've never been out West, so I can't recommend any places, but SnowShoe has great skiing here in WV. Last season during the big snow blizzard I was there on March 18-19. I considered this pretty late in the season. Of course it is fun to ski without you ski jacket in 50 degree weather, but there were a few bald spots on the mountain here and there. Someday I will make it out West for Spring Skiing. How long does it last out there?
post #21 of 24
Snowbird has good spring skiing open through the end of May. Typically the only thing advertised to be open is the terrain from Little Cloud, but you take the tram up and sometimes everything other than Mineral Basin is open.
post #22 of 24
I was in Snowbird about 10 years ago! It is a beautiful place. Unfortunately I was not a skier at the time. Riding the tram was fun! Maybe someday I'll make it out there, now that I love to ski.
Only recommendations I can make are on the East coast unfortunately...as people said before SnowShoe has Western Territory. I am sure it is not comprable to the actual West, but it looks great!
Here's the link :http://www.snowshoemtn.com/
post #23 of 24
I think the two resorts open the latest on seasonal snow are usually A Basin in Colorado and Mammoth Mountain in California they usually stretch the season into July. While most Utah resorts are content to close with over 100 inch bases in late April. I wish more resorts would take snowbirds lead and stay open if there is still snow.
post #24 of 24
Anybody have any thoughts on the basin in mid-may?
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