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What resort has the best conditions in late March?

post #1 of 11
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Looking to head west in late March. Which resorts will have the best snow at that time of the year.  I know it's a crap shoot and if I can wait to book the better luck I will have. I read Tony Crocker's "Tips on Evaluating Late Season Ski Conditions", Good stuff.  What do you all have to say?
post #2 of 11
I think most places in the Rockies will still be good in late March.  Naturally the HIGHER they are, the better they will be.  Other than that, only time will tell.  Tony's site would tell you historically which HAVE been the best, but not what WILL be the best this year.  
post #3 of 11
That's not really late season in the west.  My kids' ski teams run through the first weekend in April. 

I'm not sure I agree with sibhusky's theory that higher is necessarily better.  Personally, I think that March -- after the holiday-weekend dilettantes have put away their gear, the days get longer, and it's either sunny and warm or puking snow -- is when Tahoe's real season starts.  (Best case scenario: Squaw got 340" between March 1 and April 17, 2006.)  But I think others here probably feel pretty strongly about their preferred venues as well.

You might get more productive responses if you clarified what you and any companions are looking for.
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I think most places in the Rockies will still be good in late March.  Naturally the HIGHER they are, the better they will be.  Other than that, only time will tell.  Tony's site would tell you historically which HAVE been the best, but not what WILL be the best this year.  
Well the DEEPEST base ever recorded at that time was at 4200'.
post #5 of 11
 I stand corrected.  I always thought that the colder air at the higher elevations would preserve the snow better.  I do agree that late March is really not that late in the season.  I always feel that we close when the snow is fantastic mostly due to the skiers leaving and Forest Service agreements, not snow issues.
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 I stand corrected.  I always thought that the colder air at the higher elevations would preserve the snow better.  I do agree that late March is really not that late in the season.  I always feel that we close when the snow is fantastic mostly due to the skiers leaving and Forest Service agreements, not snow issues.

I actually agree with your premise about higher elevation. Good corn comes from freezing at night and warming during the day. And you are right about closings. These are negotiated before the season starts. Of course places like A-Basin and Loveland stay open later, but they are not huge corporate resorts like Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge.
post #7 of 11
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What resorts Mammoth, Kirkwood, Telluride, Big Sky and the Utah resorts? Also how crowded is it at Mammoth and Kirkwood at this time of the year?
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I actually agree with your premise about higher elevation. Good corn comes from freezing at night and warming during the day. And you are right about closings. These are negotiated before the season starts. Of course places like A-Basin and Loveland stay open later, but they are not huge corporate resorts like Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge.

corn? its the end of march powder go to LCC.

IN fact whenever someone ask what the best conditions are for anytime of year the answer is simple. LCC.
post #9 of 11
Like the others I would agree that March is not late season depending on where you go.  I have had great sping skiing experiences at Sunshine Village in Banff.  It's their powder season.  They usually stay open until mid-May.  Alta and Snowbird are also good bets. 
post #10 of 11

Breck has closed with big dumps in mid April. March and April are great times for powder.

Corn snow is what first comes to mind when I think spring conditions, but then again, I'm a displaced NH skier. Corn is more reliable and quite as much fun as powder. If its white, its fine with me.

post #11 of 11
Corn is okay...for late April.

If you want to know where to go in late march, wait until early March to decide. Or better yet, late March. The Western resorts (Mammoth, Tahoe, PNW generally have deeper bases by late season than the rockies. Not always, but more often than not. Which is not to say that you still won't find adequate base and fluff in the Rockies. Alaska is not bad then either.


Pretty hard to go wrong that time of year unless you shoot for the mid-atlantic.
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