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Late April Skiing

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I know, I know, most places haven't even open yet and here I am talking about late season skiing.

My daughters Easter Vacation is 2 weeks after Easter (April 18-24).  Just wondering where is the best place to ski (my daughter is a novice, but hopefully I will be able to get on some blues after a full season)?

Because it is so late in the season, not much is open (Snowbird, Kirkwood, A-Basin).  I took Mammoth of the table as horizon stops it flight service.  I am flying from Buffalo NY.

I am also trying to figure out when is the best time to book airfare....so far tickets to SLC or Reno are running a little under 500 pp.  which at that price I was almost considering driving to SLC...it is only a 29 hour, 2000 mile drive.

any suggestions?
post #2 of 11
For late April I would strongly consider A Basin, they have the elevation to still have very good snow in late April, (They stay open till June) they have plenty of blues, and a few greens. You could stay in Dillon, or Silverthorne, or even Keystone, which will be closed by then but you'll find some good lodging deals all around, it's about a 20 min ride to A Basin from the Dillon/ Silverthorne area..
post #3 of 11
I've had excellent ski weeks the last 3 Easters, starting on Easter Sunday to:  Keystone/Loveland, Le Massif/Mont Sainte Anne, and Loveland/A-Basin/Copper.  But your dates are quite late when it appears that Copper and Breck will be closed unless they do an unscheduled extension of operations due to exceptional spring snow.  A-Basin and Loveland are a fun combination and close to each other.  Both stay open until May or June.  Loveland has more beginner to intermediate terrain, but there are a few nice green circle runs at A-Basin too, and Montezuma Bowl has intermediate terrain.
Did you see this?  We drove:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1212&mode=headlines
post #4 of 11
Made a visit to Sunshine at the end of April this year, we ended up getting dumped on for 10-20 cm the entire day.  No wind whatsoever, big fluffy flakes, and it was just below freezing, it was just one of those days you don't expect late in the season.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

whoops, I forgot that my wife is also going but doesn't ski (at least not this year, bad back).  We are looking for a more resort type area or at least a place where my wife can go shopping while we ski.

Thanks
 

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mark Tebor View Post

whoops, I forgot that my wife is also going but doesn't ski (at least not this year, bad back).  We are looking for a more resort type area or at least a place where my wife can go shopping while we ski.

Thanks
 

Think Canada.  Whistler is often great in April and Banff would meet your criteria as well.  Both places will entertain your wife endlessly.
post #7 of 11
1) Search first.  You might've found this thread.

b) If nothing relevant came up, you'd want to try a different forum than Trip Reports.  You'll probably have better success.

iii) But you'd want to post there in early March.  At this point, there is absolutely nothing to be gained from booking five months out.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
My main concern is airfare.  I live in Buffalo NY and airfare isn't the cheapest. So the resort itself probably isn't as important as to know which airport.  I am not happy that they moved my daughters easter vacation two weeks after easter.  If it was early April there would be more options.
I skied at Steamboat late March last year and wasn't really impressed, it was my first bout with spring skiing and found that you were done by noon.  Morning was icy til about 10:30 and then it was nice, by afternoon it was mush.
post #9 of 11
I'm in the same boat Mark. Our Spring break is late this year and most of the Colorado ski areas close by then. ABasin and Loveland and maybe Breck will still be open and usually have good snow still due to their higher elevations.

Last year we went to Washington. Skied Crystal and had great conditions. Have also been to Whistler that late with great conditions. I fly out of Buffalo too. Have been flying Southwest for the baggage deals and fares. It's all a tossup but you really need to plan your April trip in March. By then, you'll have known who has had the best winter conditions and still have the best snow. Keep in mind also April is one of Colorado's biggest snow months.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mark Tebor View Post

My main concern is airfare.

Understood.

But other than major holidays -- Thanksgiving, Xmas/New Year's, President's Week, Easter, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day -- I don't think I've ever done better by booking more than three weeks in advance.  In fact, airlines usually set prices higher this far in advance than they will closer to the flight.

I believe that sidestep.com or kayak.com has a fare predictor that's worth a shot.
post #11 of 11
Two years ago, we went to Snowbird on April 24th.  In fact, the picture of me on this reply was taken that day.  Snowbird received 18 inches of new snow the day we arrived!  It was the deepest powder I've ever skied in!  We flew into the Salt Lake City Airport and took a shuttle (I believe it was $60 one way) to the resort.  We got end-of-the-season rates on a room that was magnificent! If your wife wants to shop, you'd probably be better off renting a car - the shuttle is quite expensive anyway. 
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