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April Surprise Trip!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
The wife, who hasn't skied in 5 or 6 years just surprised me by saying she wants to cash in her frequent flyer miles to go on a western ski vacation. Timing is tied to school vacation April 14.

Where should we go?

More info. about us: Me long-time, decent skier, all mountain, too old for a lot of bumping. My son, strong intermediate, level 7 all-mountain skier cutting his teeth in trees and side country last season. My wife, intermediate, cruiser likes groomed luxury. Looking for a Park Cityish town atmosphere. Aspen? Breckenridge? Too late in the year for Utah? Whistler/Blackombe?

What do you think?
post #2 of 14
Well April 15 just elminates 80% of everything - cuz they are closed.

So go look up who is open?

It gets really small - Whistler, Tahoe, some Utah canyons, Vail, Summit.
post #3 of 14
Whistler will be awesome still at that time, bottom bit will be a little soft/corn snow, but the only reason the bottom half of the mountan is there is to hold the top half up.
Don't ski the bottom half anyways.
Telus festival will be on then to, great skiing, concerts in the afternoon etc.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by TAH View Post
Whistler will be awesome still at that time, bottom bit will be a little soft/corn snow, but the only reason the bottom half of the mountan is there is to hold the top half up.
Don't ski the bottom half anyways.
Telus festival will be on then to, great skiing, concerts in the afternoon etc.
Well, Whistler is on my list of areas to ski and the whole family loves music...hmmm...
post #5 of 14
banff is usually very good in april.
post #6 of 14
Fernie will still have lots of snow in April
post #7 of 14
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Fernie will still have lots of snow in April
Yeah, but the lifts close the 6th.

Whistler
Alta/Bird
Mammoth
Tahoe
Banff
post #8 of 14
Can you included Canada? Even if you could, right now with the Loonie being stronger than the dollar, I would stay in the states. Either Snowbird or A-basin.
post #9 of 14
The description you gave regarding the type of skiing your wife enjoys makes me think Vail is a good choice. If the poor snow year that is being predicated in the Rockies comes to fruition, I'd say you couldn't go wrong with Whistler figuring they will have better conditions that late. The point about the currency exchange has to factor as well. Copper Mtn. has a high base and should have very good conditions in mid April baring a completely lousy snow year. I've skied the last 7-8 years out in Vail at approx. that time and have never been really disappointed. Even if its a bad snow year if you stay mid mountain and up you should have decent snow . Lots of times its snowed 20 some inches during the week.
post #10 of 14
The week of April 14 definitely limits you as many resorts appear scheduled to close before that time. Vail is scheduled to close 4/13 (they did extend a week last year) but Breckenridge is scheduled to stay open a week later. We did Whistler that same week last year and it was great. The Banff area is also supposed to be good at this time. I think one of those would be best if the village/town atmosphere is as important as you suggest.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks all, I believe the FF miles stretch to CAN for the same as US. At least they used to. I'll have to look into that.

Probably either Banf or Whistler is what I'm thinking. The village aspect is important as my wife is into shopping and going out and not so much into skiing. She is an avid figure skater. Does anyone know if either Banf or Whilstler has an ice skating rink?
post #12 of 14
Whistler has an ice rink (at least one). Be aware that the Telus festival will be on then and it could either be fantastic or a royal pain depending on what you like. The village will be rocking into the wee hours so if you're into major partying, that's the place to be. If you want it a bit more quiet, try staying at Blackcomb base, or even at Creekside though it's a long way to the village from there.

On the hill you'll have the chance to see some really great skiers and boarders do their thing. A really fun event is when they have jumping competitions that basically have the competitors landing right in the Village. Get there early and you can have an outside table at a bar or restaurant to view the activity.

Your wife likes to shop? There is no end to that activity at Whistler. It's upscale consumerism gone wild in the Village.
post #13 of 14
I've gone to Telus ski and snowboard festival the last 2 years. Not so much for the event, but because of timing. It's a great time to go. Despite the festival, whistler is still cheaper and less crowded than the rest of the year, b/c people are turning to mt. biking etc. The skiing can be great(altho not usually bottom half) and there's a bunch of stuff to watch in village due to festival. It looks to me like a bunch of people come for festival rather than skiing.
post #14 of 14
In case you redirect attn to US/CO, Breckenridge stayed open until late April 2007 and there is always A-Basin and Loveland nearby. Others in Summit County (and Vail/BC?) may close on 13th.
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