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resort for late March/early April this year in Utah or Colo ?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys

I was hoping for some advice. We have a chance for a late , cheap, ski trip last week in March, first in April.
We have seen some great VRBO prices in Canyons, Steamboat and to a lesser extent Tahoe.

However, I am a little concerned about the likely snow conditions. Canyons was our first choice, staying in Sundial. We have been there before and enjoyed it. However we are concerned with likely conditions in 5 weeks time.

My wife is recovering from surgery last year and needs a town as she is not as fit as usual. Therefore rather than skiing all day we would like some sort of town to wander around if needed. Park City provides that, but Alta, Snowbird etc doesn't.

For likely snow conditions is there anywhere else you'd recommend ? We can get flights to Colo and Utah fairly easily and Reno possibly as well.

I read someone here say Canyons faces the 'wrong' way and gets hammered in Spring. Is this true ? Where else would you go.
I realise it is all a lottery, however just looking for the experts thoughts before we sign up for Canyons.

Thanks for reading this far.

Cheers
Nick
post #2 of 16
 in all honesty if you any bit of skier at all snowbird will have the best conditions any time of year in utah, and better than colorado as well.

Its steep north facing and average 6 inches of snow a day in march and april. Nothing else holds cold snow like the frontside of the bird.

stay in PC and drive over but the skiing around PC is subpar compared to LCC.
post #3 of 16
PC "iffy" in late spring. Snowbird will have the best snow, but no nightlife for the little woman. Steamboat usually pretty good up until closing (mid-April), but this year has been light on snow. Can you get flights to MT (Big Sky / Moonlight) ?
post #4 of 16
You might consider Breckenridge.  Real little town, usually good snow up high at closing (mid-April), and there's always A-Basin nearby where I'm planning to ski into May.

Possibly not as good as the Bird, but snow there can be a crapshoot too.
post #5 of 16
you can't go wrong in tahoe in the spring.  if i could choose any one month to ski every day every year it would be april in a heartbeat.  you cannot beat the corn at squaw valley.

there's plenty of stuff to do in town too... plus the weather will be WAY nicer for non-skiing activities.  if it was me i'd hope for 50 degrees and sunny, but there's always a chance you'll get a good winter dump, too.

if not california, i would go to the bird.
Edited by jahroy - 2/16/10 at 9:00am
post #6 of 16
Mammoth ROCKS in April!  Usually open until June and frequently make it until July.  Great terrain and gorgeous bluebird days make all the snow that they have even that much better.  Skiing April in Mammoth is one of the most fun things to do.  Last year I got 14 days in April alone at Mammoth and it was Epic.  And last year was an OFF year.  Great times.  
post #7 of 16
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Mammoth ROCKS in April!  Usually open until June and frequently make it until July.  Great terrain and gorgeous bluebird days make all the snow that they have even that much better.  Skiing April in Mammoth is one of the most fun things to do.  Last year I got 14 days in April alone at Mammoth and it was Epic.  And last year was an OFF year.  Great times.  

I second Mammoth... spring there is heaven on earth.
post #8 of 16
spring skiing in california kicks ass... corn is king!
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks for the replies, I appreciate your input.

Some comments:

Snowbird is indeed awesome and I have skied there. However there is not enough for my wife to easily do there if her injury flares up and she can't ski. I would also prefer to stay closer to the resort so daily drive isn't pref.

we were in Breck last Jan, loved the town. It is a possible,  however the snow doesn't appear to have been too good so far. Perfect for the Mrs though. I would also bow down to Jeff B who worked miracles and got my wife the first boot she doesn't continually adjust !

Lots of good vibes for Calif and Tahoe, am checking out reasonable (re cheap ! $100 - 120 a night) accom at Squaw and Mammoth.

Thanks again.
post #10 of 16
Keep in mind that Squaw is at a lot lower elevation.  Since you are talking about it being late march / early April you should be fine.  Otherwise, Tahoe resorts can dry up early many years so be careful. 
post #11 of 16
squaw was open until memorial day 6 of the first 8 seasons i lived there.  the last few years they've had AMPLE snow to stay open into june but closed early due to economic reasons.

the snowpack is always great there in early april.  that's essentially the height of the season in terms of base.  mammoth will also have a ton of snow at that time and will offer similarly epic corn. 

pics/TR from may 10th last year
post #12 of 16
 just curious while i nail down our spring vacation plans, how would you compare solitude/alta vs mammoth around mar 27-april 3? actually how do the mountains compare - the cottonwoods vs mammoth
post #13 of 16
Since we are talking Tahoe here in April....What other resorts are open in Tahoe 'til mid or late April.??

Alpine Meadows.?? Sugarbowl.?? Heavenly.??
post #14 of 16
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 just curious while i nail down our spring vacation plans, how would you compare solitude/alta vs mammoth around mar 27-april 3? actually how do the mountains compare - the cottonwoods vs mammoth

mammoth is sick.  great mountain, great layout, great lifts.  it's a great place to ski corn, windbuff, and pow.  it's great for cranking out laps. 

alta is all about hiking.  from what i've seen you get off the lifts then hike/traverse on just about every run.  i haven't been anywhere else in utah.  i'll be hitting the bird the next time i'm there.


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Since we are talking Tahoe here in April....What other resorts are open in Tahoe 'til mid or late April.??

Alpine Meadows.?? Sugarbowl.?? Heavenly.??
 

squaw closes last.  sometime in mid to late may.  alpine used to be right there with it... lately, not so much.  last year rose was open into may as well.  sugarbowl and heavenly close earlier.

hopefully i'll be back there by the time april rolls around... if anyone ever needs any help harvesting corn at squaw hit me up for some tips on where to go.
post #15 of 16
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What other resorts are open in Tahoe 'til mid or late April.??



they should all still be open in mid-april.... sometimes homewood closes right after easter, but hopefully they all make it at least half-way through the month.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
well, we got a great deal at the Sundial in Canyons (we stayed there 5 years ago). Booked in from 20 March for 2 weeks.

It is close enough to Park City for my wife, if her post surgery fitness falters, and close enough to Alta/S'Bird for me as needed :)

Thanks for your help everyone.
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