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April Trip? Not Summit or PC

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Any suggestions for this year? Thinking April 5-15th....

Have done Whistler, DV, Breck and the Beav this year - I would like to change it up for the last trip.. Can be anywhere within reason...

Banff, JH, Telluride, Tahoe, Steamboat...

Thanks

PS - We only need front side snow....
post #2 of 27
Colorado resorts can get a little dicey that time of year. You may get powder (much like the storm of the century in Denver back in '03, I was in Breck and it was UNREAL) and you may get slush. Obviously with a Canadian resort, weather might be a little more predictable (colder and snow). Jackson Hole has a tendency to be a little colder too. I'd say Jackson Hole or a British Columbia place.
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by BHallDDS View Post
Colorado resorts can get a little dicey that time of year. You may get powder (much like the storm of the century in Denver back in '03, I was in Breck and it was UNREAL) and you may get slush.
We had some pretty amazing snow last April--pics start with the April 7th posts from faisasy....

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=37635&page=8
post #4 of 27
banff is a safe bet still in april. snow at sunshine is the deepest in early may, so april can be great.
post #5 of 27
Aspen's usually still pretty good. I've never seen it where you couldn't still ski top-bottom on the Gondi. Lot's of different exposures make good skiing.

Others I've skied that are good in April.

Alta/Snowbird
Squaw/Alpine
Vail

Ones I would like to try in April.
Banff
Mammoth
Bachelor

Jackson's closed, Steamboats to low with a poor exposure for your time period.
post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info.....

Question: This is going to be a weekend trip .....

Which can you suggest with the least amount of crowds? Banff?

Thanks
post #7 of 27
Go where the snow is:

OR, WA, BC, AB

All will have good late seasons this year.
post #8 of 27
Generally, crowds aren't an issue then. But if you’re near a large metro area, it's always a possibility.


Aspen hardly ever has lift lines.
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all - Looks like my group wants Squaw

Sports book, Craps and a few turns.....
post #10 of 27
april is slow in banff, no crowds
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by Powdr View Post
Go where the snow is:

OR, WA, BC, AB

All will have good late seasons this year.
Powdr: Does that mean, that at this point in the season, you don't think that your own backyard will be a good destination in early April? Have people out there decided that the current unfavorable weather pattern for Utah will continue for the next few months? I am really not trying to be a pain in the butt. The first week in April is when I'll be out there, unless.... WN
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Thanks to all - Looks like my group wants Squaw

Sports book, Craps and a few turns.....
Just remember that tahoe hasn't had the best luck with snow so far this season. Also, by 'front side snow' do you mean blue groomed terrain? If so, Squaw doesn't have a huge amount of this type of terrain, espically late season.
post #13 of 27
Your group would be nuts to go to Squaw this year at that time. That mountain needs an 8 foot base for the good stuff to be skiable. Haven't they heard about the lack of snow in the Sierra this season? Plus in spring Squaw is low altitude relative to other Sierra areas and will have mushier snow.

The normal answer to your question is Mammoth or Mt. Bachelor. Since Mammoth has had 72 inches snowfall and Bachelor 261.5, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to decide which to choose this year.

I agree with Powdr that Whistler and Banff will also be good this spring. So to your original request to try something new, I'd say Bachelor or Banff.
post #14 of 27
With going so late, you need to look at elevations and closing dates of the resorts. My pick goes for the Cottonwood canyons of Utah. They all have a high base elevation and get plenty of snow late in the season.
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks... We wont book until late March early April....

I want Banff or Whistler but its hard getting a bunch of "alpha" males to agree on anything ..

BTW - Yes we only need blue/black groomed - Our highest elevations in Miami are garbage dumps so not many days on the hill each year... Not many powder bowls down here... However, we are all solid 6-8's....

Will keep an eye on the weather and ask again in afew months...

Thanks again for your always valuable information
post #16 of 27
The question to ask is are you looking for a place that could give you winter conditions in April or reliable warm spring conditions? I love spring skiing so I vote for the latter. If that's for you then you can't beat CA for spring snow and Mammoth if they get enough snow by then would be my choice as well. Squaw in the spring does give you the ability to ski a lot of different exposures during the day, getting the best corn at just the right time. You need to be a bit better than blue cruiser level to take advantage of this, although not expert.
post #17 of 27
Bachelor is absolutely perfect for 6-8 level skiers. You should be capable of the pristine off-piste corn following the sun around the 360 degree exposure.

Better to be expert to appreciate Squaw, and if you go to the Sierra that late Mammoth is nearly always better. But I ski there all the time and I'm advising against you coming to the Sierra this season.
post #18 of 27
Bachelor or Whistler seem like good bets. I'd go for Bachelor given your "frontside" comment, but if you want slopeside accomodations then you'll need to go to Whistler. Nothing on hill at Bachelor.
post #19 of 27
I was gonna say Whistler - they have that Telus thing - end of year party.

What about somewhere like Fernie or Kootenay resorts? I have no experience just thinking BC might get more late season dumps ....
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by BHallDDS View Post
Colorado resorts can get a little dicey that time of year.......

Jackson Hole has a tendency to be a little colder too. I'd say Jackson Hole .....
HUH ?

April 5th - 15th.....think you better check yourself on this one Doc.
post #21 of 27
We are hitting Whistler on 4/7-4/12. Staying in the Upper Village ski in ski out. Might be walk in walk out depending on conditions down below. I am told in April the glacier and upper 1/2 or so of the mountain is great, bottom can be iffy. But even with 1/2 the mountain in good shape...you're still talking 2600' of sweet verticle!!!

What did it for me is they have such a fantastic base all hell would have to break loose for them to have bad conditions in April. Don't want to jinx myself though....
post #22 of 27
Hey Spring Skiers!

Any opinions on Crested Butte for late spring skiing this year?
I'm thinking of going there ~ March 20th for 4 days. (won 2 three-day lift passes in a raffle : )

Never been there BTW, and hoping to be able to ski some of the legendary steep stuff - although not exactly looking to hurl myself over cliffs.
post #23 of 27
Alta/Bird

Mammoth

all the pacific northwest areas
post #24 of 27
whoops, forgot that JH is closed. My bad.
post #25 of 27
Sunshine is AWESOME in APRIL
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by ct55 View Post
I was gonna say Whistler - they have that Telus thing - end of year party.
"End of year" party? It's a great party, but our ski season (with at least 2500' vertical) doesn't come to a close until early June. Then you can continue to ski the glacier until early August. They're keeping Blackcomb open in May this year instead of Whistler, due to an overdue upgrade on the Whistler Village Gondola at that time.
post #27 of 27
ha - thanks for that, I might take you up on it some time
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