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Where to ski out west in early April?

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
Well, looks like JHole will be closed April 6th.

What will be open? We just came back from Alta/Bird early Mar. so looking for something different, but still with some savings.

Is it worth going to the other Utah locations this late? What about Colorado?

Needs to be in the US, due to free flights with AA

Thanks!
post #2 of 38
Most of the west has VERY good coverage right now and likely through the end of the season.

Having said that, I would look at altitude and exposure which sets up well for a return to Utah in LCC or BCC or Colorado(Summit County).

Mammoth in California should set up well also.
post #3 of 38
Thread Starter 
With LCC/BCC getting more snow over the next while, I may be able to convince my wife to go there again.
Hey, we didn't ski everything!

I love Alta! How would the bowls hold up into April?
post #4 of 38
Thread Starter 

First or Second week skiing in Alta?

I'm sure this has been posted before. What would happens in early April. Does is still snow, or rain during this time?

Any chance of powder in the higher elevations?

Thanks.
post #5 of 38
Snowbird is the place to be!
post #6 of 38
AltaBird, no question.You have a microclimate there and winter conditions can last into May. The other Utah resorts get pretty slushy and close mid-April. Alta closes the third week in April, usually. One of my best powder days ever was at Alta April 19th, 1992. Bird can stay open past Memorial Day. I've skied it, with lifts, in July. This year is a huge snow year so you're good.
post #7 of 38
*yawn* There's not that many to choose from.

Altabird, ok. If you like your stashes potentially baked, Mammoth or Tahoe. Or Summit Co, Copper if the snow is holding ok, if not cook your hotdog on someone's grill at A Basin since it's a sure thing. Loveland works, but you can't bring your hottub.

The real goods are in Alaska - find a helicopter.
post #8 of 38
MAMMOTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You will LOVE it in April. I will be there the weekend of the 11th if you want to take some turns.
post #9 of 38
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Originally Posted by soundrulz View Post
I'm sure this has been posted before. What would happens in early April. Does is still snow, or rain during this time?

Any chance of powder in the higher elevations?

Thanks.

While it was more the exception than the norm, I was able to ski Snowbird last year on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) with a foot of fresh. Not mid-winter light, but untracked powder all day long.
post #10 of 38
Thread Starter 
Looks like we will be out there again April 4th for 4 days! I see on the Birds site a storm rolling through this week. Any chance of another next week? Is one a week typical this time of year?
post #11 of 38
If the flight has to be with AA, why not fly up to Calgary and ski Banff (Sunshine Village and Lake Louise). Conditions at Sunshine Village are fantastic through to late May. www.skibanff.com
post #12 of 38
We had free flights with AA that were supposed to only be in the U.S., but they let us fly out of Calgary provided we paid the extra Canadian taxes on the flights. As mentioned before, Sunshine has great conditions right now.
post #13 of 38
Bachelor has been getting reamed for bad lift maintenence, but it does have enough snow to last 'til July, high speed quads when they run, wide open bowls and frequent April powder. We skied new tracks every run Monday, it was cold and sunny, and the lifts worked all but one run. Had one of the best days of the season. They will cut back April 15th, but keep one side open until May 17th. A $99 spring season pass goes on sale next week
post #14 of 38
I love the thought of Mammoth in April. But right now Summit Co, CO is hard to beat.
I shot this video on April 5th. Today it snowed all day long. 6" in the North Bowl off the T-Bar, and it is still snowing into the evening.

Jon
post #15 of 38
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The real goods are in Alaska
fly to seattle and jump up to valdez

Big sky is another option, copper.
post #16 of 38
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fly to seattle and jump up to valdez

Big sky is another option, copper.
Moonlight basin also has a northern exposure. But they close April 13th because there's no good way of getting people beyond the poor snow at the bottom, just the high speed six shooter. But then you're stuck doing lots of boring bad snow at the bottom. There is the other quad at the top but that's not a lot of terrain.

I wonder if Big Sky will stay open longer when they get a new tram? Then they'd be able to transport people up to the bowl which has nice snow until pretty late in the season. Then of course take them down over the melting crud.

It would be super bad-ass if they worked together with moonlight to keep the WHOLE upper part of the mountain open. Challenger could take people up to the headwaters at MLB and they could keep the Lone Tree lift open as well as the Lone Peak triple.
post #17 of 38
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I wonder if Big Sky will stay open longer when they get a new tram?
Not as long as they are owned by Boyne.
post #18 of 38
Knee deep freshies off the top of the Panoramic lift at Winter Park on Sunday. It was deserted up there. Some big trees did blow down overnight so you had to keep alert. The bumps were pretty fine Sat. Sad that they close this coming Sunday with so much snow. I turned in my uniform Sat. and cleaned out some of the stuff in my locker. Will hit it again this Sat & Sun and then off to Loveland and then A-Basin.
post #19 of 38
Mammoth would be a great choice as I'm sure others would be. It can be accessed from Reno or SFO or even LAX though Reno is the shortest drive.

Much of the skiing at Mammoth is above tree line which is different from a lot of North American ski resorts and more like Europe in this regard. Mammoth can have great Spring skiing.
post #20 of 38
Mt Bachelor, (Bend, Oregon)
Sleep at Smith Rocks Bivy Walk Campground for $4 includes shower.
Or up the road at Skull Hollow campground, free no shower.
Eat at truckers cafe in Terrebone for breakfast.
Or Sugarloaf Motel in Bend ($40 single, clean new rooms, microwave, fridge)
Eat at Victorian Cafe (30 types of Eggs Benedict)
April/May/June no sweat.

Timberline on Mt Hood also goes forever. Ski camps in August
Mt Hood Meadows went 3 week in May last year, all good skiing.
Fly into Portland, rent a car and drive your ass all over the state skiing.

IMHO
post #21 of 38
Ho hum, another day of fresh powder, temps in the 20's and an empty Mt Bachelor. Been doing that for about a week now. They said today when I bought my $99 spring season pass they'l stay open as long as people keep coming.
post #22 of 38
Hope to get there this weekend with my new Mantras.
rei.com has
Tiger 10s for $349 (168 & 175)
Gotama 190s for $399
I just bought Mantra 170s for $399
There is a pair of Aura 170s for $399

http://www.rei.com/search?vcat=REI_S...volkl&x=25&y=5

or you can go to www.rei.com and type "volkl" in the search box

What happens is REI returns all their ski gear to the warehouse early in March to make room for Kayaks and bycyles. Super cheap deals start showing up, disappearing, then showing again.

Those scratches all over my body are from sleeping with my new Mantras. Someday I might even ski on them!
post #23 of 38
Vail closing this weekend. Breck is closing next weekend. After that it will be Abasin or loveland. Tons of snow out here in CO. Seems like they could stay open a lot longer, just not financially good for them. Most places are pretty empty.
post #24 of 38
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If the flight has to be with AA, why not fly up to Calgary and ski Banff (Sunshine Village and Lake Louise). Conditions at Sunshine Village are fantastic through to late May. www.skibanff.com
Shot some pics today (April 14th) at Sunshine Village. It couldn't have been a more perfect day. The best thing is there's six more weeks of skiing before they let the staff go and shut down (bummer, because they still have 90% of the runs open at the end of May).









post #25 of 38
Nice pic's. Looks good and you guys didn't even have all that great of a season.

I've never skied the Lake or Sunshine. Maybe I need to do a little on the snow research?
post #26 of 38
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Looks good and you guys didn't even have all that great of a season.
We didn't? It seemed pretty good to me.
post #27 of 38
I would term it an "average" season at Sunshine this year, but an average season at Sunshine would be a fantastic season anywhere else. It's all relative, and we tend to get a bit spoiled here so some people complain when a season is anything less than epic.
post #28 of 38
I was at Sunshine Feb. 6 and not all that impressed. Lots of windblown hardpack above tree line. Delirium Dive didn't open until March.

I became even less impressed with Sunshine after this day at Castle Mt. 2 days later: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boa...pic.php?t=6384

Sunshine is like A-Basin and Loveland. It has windswept exposed terrain that takes a long time to get covered and/or get stable. March/April is the best time to ski these places. I've been to Sunshine twice in March/April and it's been much better. I was also there in early February of 2004 and it was fairly similar to this time.
post #29 of 38
Well, when I think of the hills out here, I also think of Fernie, Castle, and more recently, Revelstoke. The snow was pretty great this year at all of those resorts. But, I don't think it was a bad snow year at The Lake or Sunshine by any stretch of the imagination. True, it did take awhile for the season to get going at those 2 resorts, but the conditions have been pretty good since the end of Jan or early Feb (but I must admit that I stayed away from Sunshine until the last few weeks--it's usually the 'late season' destination for me). And with another 20 cm at Louise 2 nights ago and hopefully more on the way, we should be in for some good spring turns...
post #30 of 38

oh...

... and we just had an epic day at Sunshine today with about 50 cm of new snow.

Even with the insane traffic to get to the hill, the crappy parking situation and the crazy lineup to get on the gondola, it was an excellent day. Definitely better than a kick in the ass with a cold boot.
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