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Skiing out West in April

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So what's the best place to go for three days in the second week of April? Salt Lake City or Tahoe?
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Mammoth. I went to Tahoe, Mammoth, abasin, and skied in snowbird last may. and mammoth was by far the best.

I know your question was about april but right now the second week of april looks like the second week of may last year.
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mammoth is looking to be closed
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What?
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it totally depends on the snow. Mammoth typically does stay open longer than most places in Tahoe and has higher elevation. However, this has not been a great snow year in California. Utah has had a poor ski year also. Most of them should still be open in early April..notwithstanding. Can't say for sure about late april, a lot of places closed down after easter no matter how much snow they have. Whistler is usually a good bet in April and May, and they've gotten a lot of snow this year. Otherwise, wait a few more weeks to see who has snow and who will be open for you.
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Mammoth has not announced any intention to close. There are rumors going around due to the current warm weather and lower than average snow accumulation. The site and MammothSnowMan can be relied on for the real info. I think its safe to say, we aren't going to have 4th of July skiing at this point.
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PNW BC Wash Oregon is probably the best bet for coverage. Oregon and WB stay open longer than WA but 2nd week in april everything should still be open
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I'll second Mammoth. I've been there in April the last 2 years - 2 years ago I had 3 days of the sweetest windbuff ever. Last year was pow pow. Very mid-winteresque at Mammy in April. It is warm now though and you can't control mama nature ya know - last minute is always the way to go if possible.

I was also there I believe it was memorial day weekend last year when the high temp was 10 degrees :
post #9 of 28

Slc

Just got back in this AM from SLC and have to say the coverage was very poor. I've skied out there for closing weekends in May and seen much more coverage. I think the patrolers were having a tough time roping off lines that were rocked out (Snowbird and Alta).

I can't imagine what the Park City resorts are like (lower than the BCC and LCC)

If you go SLC, take your rock skis for sure. If they don't get some snow soon it will be horrible by mid April.

I've got my kids trip booked for Tahoe April 5, so I am praying for som snow in the Sierras.

Head to Baker
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post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by PhilT View Post
PNW BC Wash Oregon is probably the best bet for coverage. Oregon and WB stay open longer than WA but 2nd week in april everything should still be open
The PNW seems to be the place this season as far as snowpack reliability.
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So what's spring skiing like in the PNW?? You never hear much about it but with the coverage it's got to be a pretty safe bet, no?

I'm not picky, I kinda like total wet mush slop in a very weird way.
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I have a summit county trip planned for April 10-13. Will there be snow left? I'm rather worried...
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So what's spring skiing like in the PNW?? You never hear much about it but with the coverage it's got to be a pretty safe bet, no?
I was up at Timberline, Mt Hood, Oregon last weekend. Eveything was covered that I could see. They were also running the cat up to the palmer area, although the lift to there was closed. A patroller told me they dont open the palmer lift until late spring because the lift cables get to much snow/ice accumulation.

The snow was pretty slushy - although not heavy feeling at all.
Unless there's some drastic weather changes soon, looks like I'll be spending the remainder of this season on either mt. bachelor or mt. hood.
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Just returned from Park City and Deer Valley. The spring skiing was wonderful!!

Coverage was fine (only a few roped-off areas). We could ski everything we liked right to the bottom. These areas groom a lot.

Morning snow was a bit crusty (usual for spring), but it set-up like whipped cream cheese by mid-day. Noon to 3 pm were the best hours. Late afternoon was a bit sloppy, but fun if you've got skis wider than a carver (a bit like skiing wet powder).

I'd book Park City with no hesitation. The sun and spring atmosphere were great.

The PNW has, undeniably, the best snowpack. Whister is well-laden, as is our local Mt. Baker (about 15 feet of snowpack). Looks like we'll be skiing in May!
post #16 of 28
To answer the question about what it's like for spring skiing in the PNW, my usual answer is that it's often sunny and warm and can be really nice. Sometimes it snows like crazy. I've seen several years when the snow pack is at its peak and getting deeper by the minute on the last day of operations.

Whistler, with its higher elevations for the alpine areas, looks to be the best bet. Bachelor is also good for spring skiing, but if you're looking for expert terrain Whistler would be a better choice.
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I think the answer is Colorado. A-Basin and Loveland should be fine for a while.
post #18 of 28
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I think the answer is Colorado. A-Basin and Loveland should be fine for a while.
I'm leaving for Crested Butte tomorrow. It's not looking all that great. Looks like all the good stuff on the north face will be closed either due to poor cover or too icy (I'm not sure which).

I'm not thrilled at the thought of skiing groomers all week under cloudy and potentially even drizzly skies. I guess I'll bring one pair of fat skis just in case it warms up, and one pair of carvers in case it stays cold and the off-piste skiing is just too solid to be skiable.

Anybody have any first hand assesment of conditions over there? Should I bring my worst pair of rock skis? :
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I'm leaving for Crested Butte tomorrow. It's not looking all that great. Looks like all the good stuff on the north face will be closed either due to poor cover or too icy (I'm not sure which).

I'm not thrilled at the thought of skiing groomers all week under cloudy and potentially even drizzly skies. I guess I'll bring one pair of fat skis just in case it warms up, and one pair of carvers in case it stays cold and the off-piste skiing is just too solid to be skiable.

Anybody have any first hand assesment of conditions over there? Should I bring my worst pair of rock skis? :
We used to do Crested Butte each year in spring. It's a phenomonal mountain with stunning, steep expert terrain. Locals also used to ski nude on the last day (now discouraged by new ownership).

BUT, the snowpack was unreliable. They've had a lot of trouble with snow coverage over the past 10 years. We finally stopped going for this reason.

The sketchy snow is interesting, because Gunnison is one of the coldest counties in the west - (hence, I suppose, the tendency to go au natural when the sun shines)
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Don't count on Mammoth closing early! Still lots of time for good snow accumulations. I would still say Whistler is the best choice!
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I just got back from a week in Banff. Skied Lake Louise and Kicking Horse. Both had tons of snow, great coverage, and for the most part wintry conditions.

We did get a tiny bit of rain on Saturday 3/17 at Lake Louise. But it was very little, and cold enough so that it was more snow than rain up high on the mountain.

Our original plan was to head down to Fernie, but after talking to lots of folks in the area, we went to Kicking Horse instead. We had problems with road closures, but eventually we got there and LOVED it. Great mountain. Tons of snow up high in the bowls and ridges.

I would expect these higher, northern resorts are going to have great skiing for some time still.
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If you are feeling adventurous, come on up to Alaska. We almost always have excellent skiing in April in AK. Long days, outstanding scenery and usually still getting snow through April.

http://www.alyeskaresort.com/page.asp?intNodeID=11316

I also agree with those who say Whistler can be excellent and beautiful in April .
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Another great mid April area would be Mt. Bachelor in Oregon.Theyn have lots of snow, a great lift system and the best corn skiing around. The mountain is a great big volcanic cone and you can just follow the sun around.
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Another great mid April area would be Mt. Bachelor in Oregon.Theyn have lots of snow, a great lift system and the best corn skiing around. The mountain is a great big volcanic cone and you can just follow the sun around.
I agree with this!

Mt. Bachelor has awesome spring skiing.

The weather can be a bit brutal mid-winter (high winds).

But, spring on Bachelor is a dream: a deep snowpack, blue skies and friendly vibe in a place not driven by a condo-mania.

Bend, Oregon (the local town), is thoroughly cool with some wonderful restaurants and micro-brews.
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If you are feeling adventurous, come on up to Alaska. We almost always have excellent skiing in April in AK. Long days, outstanding scenery and usually still getting snow through April.

http://www.alyeskaresort.com/page.asp?intNodeID=11316

I also agree with those who say Whistler can be excellent and beautiful in April .
This is probably the best option. AK has been having an amazing year ive heard. and snow probably stays wintery through april
post #26 of 28
You need to fly up to Calgary and ski the Banff areas of Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.

Not only are they the #1 and #2 largest ski areas in the Canadian Rockies, but those in the know, know that the best and most reliable April and May conditions in North America are there, Sunshine Village in particular. It's the 'real deal'. A big bonus is the fact that ski season is considered 'low season', and hotels are priced at their lowest rates of the year.

You can catch a couple of vids about both areas from the TV program 'Ride Guide'
Sunshine Village HERE
Lake Louise HERE
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It didn't snow in Colorado all day today, and its not supposed to snow next week either. Don't come here.
post #28 of 28
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I agree with this!

Mt. Bachelor has awesome spring skiing.

The weather can be a bit brutal mid-winter (high winds).

But, spring on Bachelor is a dream: a deep snowpack, blue skies and friendly vibe in a place not driven by a condo-mania.

Bend, Oregon (the local town), is thoroughly cool with some wonderful restaurants and micro-brews.
I'd agree. Early morning skiing is great and Bachelor opens early during springtime. It used to be that they were regularly open until July 4th. Unfortunately, new management changed that policy and now they close Memorial Day weekend. Still, the snow conditions are usually excellent until lunchtime when things tend to soften up.

For the afternoon there is biking, rafting, golfing, swimming and other recreational opportunities in the Bend area, and yup, no condo blight on the mountain.
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