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April 6th ski trip to best AREA?

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My wife and son and I have 3 free united tickets and want to go skiing in april on the 6th. WE DO NOT want to go somewhere the normal airfare would be rather cheap(we live in Fla). So Reno,SLC, Denver are out...looking at Mt. Bachelor(redmond), Whistler, and Fernie(thru Kalispell). I am experienced, son is 11 yr old who has only tried it once, and wife may or may not ski. Any other suggestions? Also when do I start looking for spring deals, as the web sites of most resorts don't list any yet, and I have to book my plane tickets asap.
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Whistler or Kootenay resorts - go Canadian eh?

I think Telus is around that time at Whistler which is some end of season shindig.

Hell for that matter - why not Aleyska?
post #3 of 15
Big Sky / Moonlight?
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
thinking canadian due to exchange rate is going back in the US favor for now..Wife has started putting whistler pics on her screen saver...Alyaka out, tickets only good lower 48, so any canadian resort is something I can drive to from the US. Ticket to Anchorage add on would be too much.
post #5 of 15
Why let the "normal" airfare price be the driving force. Go for the best skiing. Free flight is a free flight.
post #6 of 15
Zermatt? Can you go international? If you can and it's free, you should.
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how bout ASPEN (ASE) or Steamboat (HDN) or Crested Butte (GUC). i've done both steamboat and crested butte on the free united tickets (mine were PMO DBC free voucher). i still have four left from various bumps. not sure about telluride or jackson hole <two other places were flights are typically $$$>

might save you car rental as well...

if you have this type of voucher and want to know how to search for united flights that are voucher eligible, send me a pm

brad
post #8 of 15
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Why let the "normal" airfare price be the driving force. Go for the best skiing.
You should keep both in mind with the April 6 date. Bachelor is at its prime then. Of other areas mentioned, Aspen, Crested Butte, Telluride and Whistler are good in April, Steamboat and Jackson usually not. You don't want to use the free ticket to DEN, but is it worth using it to connect into someplace like Aspen or Telluride? Both of those are excellent choices given the wide ability range and possibly non-skiing wife.
post #9 of 15
You should go to Snowbird/Alta the week prior...
post #10 of 15
That time of year I would be in SLC sooo fast that Bode Miller couldn't catch me!
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by rdrsteve View Post
My wife and son and I have 3 free united tickets and want to go skiing in april on the 6th. WE DO NOT want to go somewhere the normal airfare would be rather cheap(we live in Fla). So Reno,SLC, Denver are out...looking at Mt. Bachelor(redmond), Whistler, and Fernie(thru Kalispell). I am experienced, son is 11 yr old who has only tried it once, and wife may or may not ski. Any other suggestions? Also when do I start looking for spring deals, as the web sites of most resorts don't list any yet, and I have to book my plane tickets asap.
Kashmir. I'll be there end of Feb. maybe we can meet up.
That time of year, think altitude or lattitude. Fernie sounds like a great idea. I love Whistler and have been there for 3 vacations, it's a great mountain and village, but the weather problem is not a myth.
post #12 of 15
If you can fly into Calgary, I would choose LL/Sunshine over Fernie in April. Springtime in Bachelor seems like a good choice though. Bend is a nice town...with great Beer!
post #13 of 15
Ya - go Kootenay I say! Sounds way cooler ... and I bet the snow's still pretty good @ that time ...

Then again the whole exchange rate thing ... Outside of the normal Tahoe and SLC suggestions I'd also vote for Aspen. We skied there around that time a few years back and there was a lot of snow and vertical at Highlands and Snowmass still open. We got snow too about a foot and it was April. But at the bottom and on Ajax it was a little bony.
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Originally Posted by rdrsteve View Post
tickets only good lower 48, so any canadian resort is something I can drive to from the US.
For those that missed this, Yurp, and much of Canadiania is a non-starter.

I usually go Whistler via Seattle. 2-2.5 hours to the border, then another 2+ to the hill. It takes forever to get up to the border as Seattle seems to have the most left lane bandits I've ever seen in one place (hint - if you're not passing anyone, move to the right and let others go through).

In any case, that time of year I've had GREAT conditions around SLC, or, if you insist on some funky destination to get even with United, the suggestion before about Crested Butte, Aspen (Steamboat=too late in season), or Flail (ege) would be good picks.
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For those that missed this, Yurp, and much of Canadiania is a non-starter.
I missed that. Most of the Southern BC is low elevation. You might have a blast (the snow pack should still be deep, and they might get a dump) but it could be mush. I would save a Kootaney trip for mid-season.
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