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Thread Starter 
Hi All,

Got two boys who are jonesing to head out west (Dad too). Spring break for 2010 is March 27 to Apr 4th.

Thinking Big Mountain or Mammoth.

My one sone loves tree skiing, while the other I am still trying to get out of the back seat. Makes for interesting discussions on what trail to take down... ;-)

I'm coming from the east coast and interestingly, flights to Missoula and Reno are ~ the same $-wise. And SLC is more! (??????) That may be a glitch with travelocity so I'll check again later. I know Utah skiing is supposedly pretty economical.

Anyway, I know mammoth is supposed to be awsome in the spring, but what about Big Mountain in that time frame? We can deal with the fog so no worries there.

Thanks in advance,
Greg
post #2 of 8
I haven't been to either, but I am planning on making it down to Big Mountain this year. I think that the first week of April would be for the last weekend of ops at Big Mountain. My guess is that the closing date is based more on skier visits than lack of snow. Uncrowded slopes and end of season lodging discounts would be a pretty good combination.
post #3 of 8
Flying into Glacier Park International (GPI) will be a lot closer to Whitefish Mountain Resort than Missoula and you might not need a car.
post #4 of 8
The reason the resort closes is because of agreements with the Forest Service on grizzly habitat.  Normally closing day we have great snow, although sometimes the week or two right before closing day we don't.

For in depth discussions of WMR, see the wiki and also the posting here.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks all.

SibH, thanks for pulling that thread. I saw that earlier and got me thinking Whitefish would be a good destination for BOTH the boys (different skill sets). If the closing date is based on a Forest Service agreement, I asume they post the closing date well in advance. When is this info available?
post #6 of 8
It's normally the first Sunday in April, or maybe it's the first Sunday after the first Monday...something like that.  In either case, it includes your dates.
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Thanks all.

SibH, thanks for pulling that thread. I saw that earlier and got me thinking Whitefish would be a good destination for BOTH the boys (different skill sets). If the closing date is based on a Forest Service agreement, I asume they post the closing date well in advance. When is this info available?
 
post #7 of 8
For Big Mountain / Whitefish, you'd want to fly into Kalispell, MT if possible. I was there for one week a few years ago and loved it. However, it was crazy cold! -23 F actual, -46 windchill. But, loved the mountain and the snow was great.
post #8 of 8
Kalispell's official airport name is Glacier Park International.  The three letter code used to be FCA for Flathead County Airport, but it has been converting over to GPI recently.  It is certainly the closest airport to fly into.  However, if you are going to rent a car anyway, you might pay for the car rental and save money by flying into Spokane.  I doubt if you would save enough money by flying into Missoula, however.  Southwest flies into Spokane, but I believe you have to go to their own website to see those airfares.  To me, the hassle of winter driving, especially through the pass to Spokane, would entirely overshadow the airfare savings.  However, flying into Kalispell is not without winter delays.  If the plan is to do a Fernie/Whitefish/Silver/Snowbowl type tour, the most sensible thing would be to fly into Spokane on Southwest.  If the plan is to stay in Whitefish, the most sensible thing is to NOT rent a car, but to rely on the Snowbus.  

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For Big Mountain / Whitefish, you'd want to fly into Kalispell, MT if possible. I was there for one week a few years ago and loved it. However, it was crazy cold! -23 F actual, -46 windchill. But, loved the mountain and the snow was great.
As for the temps, see below.
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