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Favourite resort for spring skiing

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With several variables in play, including the direction the slope(s) face, base depth, pitch, average temps.........there has to be a ski area or a specific mountain that you like to hit up for spring skiing.

 

You don't have to give up secret stashes, just the basics..........what spot calls your name when spring skiing is in full swing?

 

 

 

For me, in Michigan, its Nubs Nob.  Their snow management is amazing and they tend to hold good conditions a lot longer than most other places around these parts.

 

 

post #2 of 24

"Someone" still owes me a ROC 550 retro gear review..........

post #3 of 24

A Basin for sure. Over the past many seasons of April ski trips, ABasin always seems to be the place that we enjoy the most. With the most snow and the most fun.

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Snowbird. Mineral Basin in the morning and then back over to the other side. Do this until JUNE.

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Around Banff, Sunshine Village is the place to go in the spring.  Wide open through April, and about 75-80% open to the end of May.

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Although I've had many great spring ski days at Gore Mtn., I'd pick MRG in Vermont as my favorite for spring skiing.  North facing slope keeps the snow in relatively good condition, particularly in the areas that are also shaded by trees for at least part of the day.  Sturdy bumps in the morning soften up nicely by early afternoon.  Anyone who was at MRG on St. Patrick's day (or the couple of days before that) saw first hand just how perfect the spring skiing conditions at MRG can be. 

 

 

STE

post #7 of 24

Blue Sky Basin at Vail.

post #8 of 24

The Bird

post #9 of 24

Since I'm checking out a new area a week from now, I'll wait until I come back before I can give a fair comparison.

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Around Banff, Sunshine Village is the place to go in the spring.  Wide open through April, and about 75-80% open to the end of May.

 

Yup, SSV has the best spring skiing in the Canadian Rockies.
 

post #11 of 24

Just a question: How much is Snowbird open in like Early/Mid May usually?

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Mid may the Bird might be open on weekends only. It really depends on the coverage and how many skiers are showing up.  It doesn't cost a whole lot to keep the tram going.

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TC, you are right on for Nubs - Their snow(farming) management is tops - bar none. But this year its LCC and BCC for me. Leaving tomorrow on the Jet Plane, is there a song like that?

post #14 of 24

A-basin, no contest.

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Although I've had many great spring ski days at Gore Mtn., I'd pick MRG in Vermont as my favorite for spring skiing.  North facing slope keeps the snow in relatively good condition, particularly in the areas that are also shaded by trees for at least part of the day.  Sturdy bumps in the morning soften up nicely by early afternoon.  Anyone who was at MRG on St. Patrick's day (or the couple of days before that) saw first hand just how perfect the spring skiing conditions at MRG can be. 

 

 

STE

I defineately agree. I skied this mountain on a warm day and the bumps were great, and on the cruisers the snow was heated just right, for fast type of powder. It was too bad, though, that there wasn't enough snow to ski in Mad River's famous woods.
 

post #16 of 24

Well, it better be the bird this year, as I plan on skiing until May 31st!

 

Seriously, you can't beat Utah for late-season powder. Yeah, the Canadian Rockies stay colder longer, but it's not all about the temp, now is it?

 

See you on the tram Cinco de Mayo!

post #17 of 24

Sugaloaf.

 

The mountain faces almost true north and holds snow very well. Come March the sun begins to shine on the face and the steeps, which usually ski's good all season, softens up and you can ski anywhere you wish. Lots of sun, lots of vertical and lots of epic runs.

 

Each year come mid-April reggae weekend happens and Sugarloaf becomes a happening place....beads and all.!!!!

 

It's here......(smile) 

post #18 of 24
Mt. Baker. The conditions are variable so that you can have 8" of new snow one day and sun the next. There are different aspects from Pan Dome that allow you to choose your conditions. You can have soft snow on one run and sun warmed stuff on the next. I've had all of that happen so far this year.
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Sugaloaf.

 

The mountain faces almost true north and holds snow very well. Come March the sun begins to shine on the face and the steeps, which usually ski's good all season, softens up and you can ski anywhere you wish. Lots of sun, lots of vertical and lots of epic runs.

 

Each year come mid-April reggae weekend happens and Sugarloaf becomes a happening place....beads and all.!!!!

 

It's here......(smile) 

 

the loaf is the greatest. got a solid goggle tan on friday. Compleating it tomorrow! temps hitting 50 and sun! going to be a goooooooood day!

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Well, it better be the bird this year, as I plan on skiing until May 31st!

 

Seriously, you can't beat Utah for late-season powder. Yeah, the Canadian Rockies stay colder longer, but it's not all about the temp, now is it?

 

See you on the tram Cinco de Mayo!

Are you buying the Dos Equis?
 

post #21 of 24

Mammoth

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My fave is Squaw-perfect corn snow when following the correct aspects-

 

Something about that Sierra cement which leads to great Spring conditions

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Mammoth

+1

 

especially if by Spring you mean May and June.

post #24 of 24

We've skied different resorts in the Rockies over the first or second week in April for years. We have NEVER had a bad trip. If your idea of Spring is May there may a problem but April skiing at altitude in the west is usually very good. You may need to move around a little during the day. Start with the south facing slopes and end on the north facing slopes or start low and move higher as things thaw but other than that we've encountered very few snow problems and always had a great trip. All the resorts run out of skiers before they run out of snow. The last several years (and again this April) we've been at Big Sky and enjoyed it every time.

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