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Your favorite springtime resorts?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Looking for suggesting for the best springtime (2nd week of April) resorts that are family friendly. We have been to Beaver Creek Co. twice and my wife and son love the top of the mountain greens and blues. We are looking at Copper mountain, steamboat springs, North Star at Tahoe and maybe Sun valley. Please share your springtime experiences.
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post #2 of 15
Others will chime in, but I'll give you my anecdotal experience from Steamboat this past spring which was the last few days of March, so a little earlier than what you are looking at.

First, while coverage was still good, there were a number of areas that were showing bare spots and a few runs that were closed. The way this year has been going, that my not be so much an issue this year.

We were there three days and you could not imagine three more different days. The first morning, after getting up in the 60's the day before, things were very firm in the morning. Icy, but still fun. Very quickly, the sun and the warmth turned these firm conditions to more typical soft, spring conditions. It was another warm day, so it was one of those enjoyable spring days with soft snow and sunglasses. We retired not long after lunch as things were getting slushy and my knee was killing me from a crash on my first run that morning.

Day two brought clouds and temperatures a little warmer than the day before. With the cloud cover and warmer temperatures, the snow firmed overnight but did not turn icy, it was more of a loose granular. Very quickly it started snowing heavily. At this point, things became a crap shoot depending on elevation and exposure. North facing runs from mid-mountain and up were fantastic. South facing runs were terrible. The west facing runs were quite variable. Up top, they were rather nice as well. Lower down, well. One mid mountain, west facing run saw powder, ice, packed powder, bare spots and bushes all within several hundred yards. At the bottom of the mountain, it was a strange mix of fresh snow over and blending into the slush underneath. Overall, it was a really good day provided you factored the appropriate variables that are required in the spring.

The third day was great. The clouds lifted in the morning. It could have been mid-winter. The whole mountain was a nice, soft packed powder with plenty of fresh snow if you poked around a little.

In summary, we had a great time spring skiing in Steamboat last season. With its lower base and western exposure, I could see how Steamboat might become unpredictable the later in the year you go.

I'll also add that we went to Tahoe for some spring skiing a few years ago for our Honeymoon. It seemed to me that Tahoe stood up better to the warmth and the sun. Even with similar temperatures during the day, the mornings were not as icy and the afternoons not as slushy. I would suppose that it has to do with the denser snow that they typically receive. By the same token, went to Grand Targhee in the spring once and on the warmer days, the slush got deep by midday. It faces mostly west as well from what I remember. I loved Targhee, but when I go back I am hoping to hit a little earlier in the year.
post #3 of 15
Being Steamboat will not be open the second week of April, you may want to cross that one out... closing day is April 6th.
post #4 of 15
used to be Killington...

But freakin POWDR had to buy them...

Not sure who will be the new beast of the east....
post #5 of 15
Sun Valley is usually pretty good. They have not posted closing date this year, though. They closed April 9 last year, but is usually closer to April 20th.

Might not be right for you if you are looking for easier greens and blues. Seattle Ridge closes earlier than the main mountain, and there are not a lot of easy runs on the main mountain. Dollar is a separate, much smaller learning mountain, but it may be closed at that time too.
post #6 of 15
April in Colorado? Arapaho Basin!

- KK
post #7 of 15
Alta, better than anything else mentioned..
post #8 of 15
Bush, what makes you say Alta? I was thinking about making a late season trip out there....
post #9 of 15
Atlantis in the Bahamas.....I hate soft wet and lumpy spring time snow.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
Bush, what makes you say Alta? I was thinking about making a late season trip out there....
for you snowbird

for them top of the mountain blues and greens we really dont have..
post #11 of 15
Mt Bachelor can have midwinter conditions anytime before July. Won't promise them, but it is not unusual. Most of the other spring places are skiing melting spring slop. One year I did a tour of several well known spring areas to the north and there was the start of green grass at the base. Got back to Bachelor in time for a May dump----18" of cold powder.
post #12 of 15

Spring Skiing

I am heading to Park City April 6th where my daughter: (1st timer) will be learning to ski.

This review/opinion may be helpfull -
http://webpages.charter.net/tcrocker818/fam_ski.htm
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
Mt Bachelor can have midwinter conditions anytime before July. Won't promise them, but it is not unusual. Most of the other spring places are skiing melting spring slop. One year I did a tour of several well known spring areas to the north and there was the start of green grass at the base. Got back to Bachelor in time for a May dump----18" of cold powder.
I agree Bachelor can often be great in the Spring with fresh snow still to be had. Plus, nearby Bend offers things to do from Whitewater rafting, golf, fishing, and other activites and attractions to mix with our skiing if you are so inclined.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all that responded... back to BeaverCreek for a third year.
post #15 of 15
The higher altitudes of Summit County Colorado make a big difference in the late spring. A-Basin can have near mid-winter conditions while the bottoms of areas like Vail are knee-deep in slush. I have also been to Alta and Snowbird in April and had great conditions.
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