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Advice on April spring ski vacation resort for family with varied ski level?

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Only been skiing in spring a few times, years before family life, I could use some advice on spring skiing in April this year. I know it can  be a guessing game of where is going to be the best runs but does anyone have any good ideas of whats been hot and fun in recent years past? I was thinking Vail? Then again I love snowbird but husband is comming and he has only been skiing a year. my 6 yr old has been skiing 2yrs. What about Big sky?  I was at Squaw a couple of years ago and it got very crowded on some runs by mid day. I am just comming off trip to steamboat. If anyone has ideas or stories would love to hear em'.

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 The banff region (sunshine and lake louise) are good late season bets. They will be deserted midweek.
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Thanks I will check into them!!!!
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movies worth a few words: you decide(this year 2010, we are going to DV, Solitude and Alta)
lech-zurs austria mid-april09:


sunshine village, banff, alberta: late april08(1st 9 seconds catamount, ny, rest sunshine village, alberta)
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Only been skiing in spring a few times, years before family life, I could use some advice on spring skiing in April this year. I know it can  be a guessing game of where is going to be the best runs but does anyone have any good ideas of whats been hot and fun in recent years past? I was thinking Vail? Then again I love snowbird but husband is comming and he has only been skiing a year. my 6 yr old has been skiing 2yrs. What about Big sky?  I was at Squaw a couple of years ago and it got very crowded on some runs by mid day. I am just comming off trip to steamboat. If anyone has ideas or stories would love to hear em'.


We'd recommend Whistler. We go at Easter every year with family group of 8 + mixed abilities. The ski school is one of the best I've experienced, especially for the younger kids. Lots of variety in runs and even the relative beginners can go from the top to bottom (of Blackcomb) on greens so it makes it possible to ski in a family group where the advanced skiers can peel off onto a more challenging run and then meet up with those who have taken an easier route. I have never know it crowded (at least not by European standards!) as there is so much mountain/s.

Don't believe all you see on the Olympic coverage about the weather by the way (most of the bad weather is at Cypress mountain which is closer to the coast). Once you get into the Alpine rain means more snow! We've been going to Whistler twice a year for six years and only had a few rainy and misty days in all that time. They've got lots of snow this year (and even last year when they didn't get much snow and Easter was late it was still great. Sunny and two powder days). There are some good accomodation deals this year too for end March/April as they want to encourage people to come post Olympics. We preferred staying in Blackcomb when the kids were younger (as the Whistler Kids ski school is right at the bottom) and it's quieter. Now we have teenagers we favour Whistler village to give them some independence. PM me if you would like more information or advice.
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 Alta Lodge in Alta is great for kids, very good with my son, and their ski school was superb, and the hidden secret of Utah they say is that Alta has great intermediate runs, plus no snowboarders if that matters. My son is 6+ years old and this is Alta in January (we are going back week of Easter!) ..Tom Cadura and Shelly Wedge were superb instructors for my boy first and yours truly too (who is the one who needed the help really anyway! my boy is way better than Dad once the terrain gets dicey, i.e. big-mountain skiing, then his raw technical skills take over and Dad is left in the dust!)

Edited by dustyfog - 2/28/10 at 4:29pm
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We ski Big Sky every year around the closing week - usually ending the second weekend depending on where Easter falls. There has always been plenty of snow. I've skied Vail and Aspen in early April with equally good results. Unless it's a snow drought year or VERY unusual March weather there will be plenty of snow on the hill of any major resort in Colorado, Utah or north of there that's still open in April-and most are. The roads will probably be clear, the village will be clear, flowers will be blooming and the skiing will be FANTASTIC!
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For the possibility of fresh light snow, the higher altitudes of Colorado (especially Summit County) and Utah (especially the LCC and BCC areas) make the most sense to me.  I've had great April skiing at both.
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Where have you all been my whole skiing life? Epic ski is great!  Thanks for all the advice and videos, now I have one other problem not enough winter for all the great places to try.  I am so pumped for spring skiing. THANK YOU.
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I'd vote for Sunshine Village. My wife and I went there the 2nd week in April last year and it was absolutely fantastic. We had the resort to ourselves and there was abundant snow. The entire mountain was open, which meant there was plenty of varied terrain for all ability types. I really can't say enough about how great a time we had and how excellent the skiing was at that time of year.
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If you want a European Alps experience, I'd certainly put the Espace Killy in France up there. Spectacular skiing!!!! Free beginner lifts at the bottom (might be a little slushy after like 12 though), some of the toughest piste and off piste in Europe, massive and varied terrain, high elevation, good snow record, and glacier skiing for guaranteed great snow.
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