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Snow condtions out West during the first week of April????

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Thread Starter 
Because my wife is a school social worker, we have to take our family ski trip from the last week in March through the first week in April this year.  I am from the East Coast and the latest I have ever skied in the west was early march.  The conditions are usually great then, but do the conditions degrade a lot by the first week in April? 

We are thinking about skiing in Utah but would like some input on snow conditions!!!  I also have a 6 yr old who has never skied out west (but this will be his 3rd season on skis).  

Anyway, any suggestions for other ski areas would be appreciated!!!

Thanks,
Ian
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On whether conditions will bad or not if you go to Snowbird no, everywhere else in utah yes, but in all honestly snowbird could be bad if everywhere was bad and if snowbird was good Alta and snowbasin most likely are good as well.

first week of april at snowbird there will be more snow on the ground than anywhere you have ever skied on the east coast at anytime. Alta and Snowbird also average 6 inches of snow at day in april. Quite often anytime in utah expect powder skiing which is the only best type of skiing. March and april are the 2 snowiest months.


The latest I have skied out west on lifts was June 22nd, so think of april in utah as if it was janurary back east.

april 8th at Snowbasin in 2008 was damn good, but to be honesy Snowbird has MUCH more fresh snow than this at the same time.

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Besides Utah, another good bet is the higher elevation ski areas in CO. In recent years I've had some great April skiing at places like Loveland, Copper, Keystone, Arapaho Basin. For those places and the Utah resorts Bushwacker mentions the time frame you are talking about is great for kid-friendly weather, low crowds/prices, with usually near 100% terrain still open. You're lucky, for those type of western resorts it's a much better time for family skiing then Christmas or President's Week.
See here:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1212&mode=headlines

I've also had some good late Mar/early Apr skiing in northern New England and Quebec, but that is a little more hit or miss.
PS:  that six year old sounds like a gamer

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It would be a very unusual year if any of the major resorts are short on snow at the end of March. There is usually a lot of sun, a deep base of snow and the occasional big-fast moving- snow storm. It's the best time of the year - particularly for a family. ENJOY!
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It would be a very unusual year if any of the major resorts are short on snow at the end of March. There is usually a lot of sun, a deep base of snow and the occasional big-fast moving- snow storm. It's the best time of the year - particularly for a family. ENJOY!
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It would be a very unusual year if any of the major resorts are short on snow at the end of March. There is usually a lot of sun, a deep base of snow and the occasional big-fast moving- snow storm. It's the best time of the year - particularly for a family. ENJOY!
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Thread Starter 
Thanks Everyone.  I think we'll be going to Snowbird/Alta.  I have enjoyed skiing there in the past, so it really wasn't a hard choice.  I was just a bit nervous about what the snow was going to be like.. 

Ian
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 you made the right choice - have a good time
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