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Where is the best place to ski end of March (20 March-27 March)?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

It's been a bad season the the Northeast overall.  I'd like plan a trip to the West somewhere or in Europe.  If I can't choose both, I'll take snow conditions (I love powder; who doesn't?) over terrain.  Hopefully not too crowded either.

post #2 of 28
If you're heading out west have fun. I would. But the Catskills did get 7 feet of snow last week. Not really a "bad season."  They'll be skiing it thru March, no problem.
post #3 of 28
We are having a great season in the Sierras: http://www.mammothmountain.com
If your out there around March 25th-29th, let me know and I can get you "Buddy Tickets" as a season pass holder at $55 a day.
post #4 of 28
 wherever there is a glacier to ski on
post #5 of 28
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 wherever there is a glacier to ski on

Of course, but there is very limited skiing on a glacier. You want the area to be high elevation and many different faces of skiing with a glacier to ski on for best skiing. I'd certainly rather be at Saas Fe then Kaprun.
post #6 of 28
I would say come on out west to Colorado.  We have not had that great of season (except for the southern areas) but I am hoping that it is about to change this week.  Either way, March is our snowiest month and I have spent several closing days with two feet of Powder, in mid April, without a glacier.
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by woofcyn View Post

It's been a bad season the the Northeast overall.  I'd like plan a trip to the West somewhere or in Europe.  If I can't choose both, I'll take snow conditions (I love powder; who doesn't?) over terrain.  Hopefully not too crowded either.


it hasnt been bad here at stowe at all, but then again my stowe isnt everyone elses stowe.
post #8 of 28
Not sure what the OP means. I got back from Okemo yesterday. They were 100% open and with excellent coverage throughout. All glades were open and well covered. The worst part was the afternoon oatmeal at the bottom caused by the high temps. All in all a great weekend.
post #9 of 28

Alta Utah !!   Steeps , Bowls , Groomers , Moguls , Chutes , Lightest Powder you'll ever find and lots of it.  (got 19" a few days ago)  And best of all "no boarders allowed"

 

post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by woofcyn View Post

It's been a bad season the the Northeast overall.


Uh? I thought the NE got hammered this winter?

Anywho, Colorado or to a glacier this time of year. Utah sucks, I wouldn't waste your time there if its anything like March into April of last year. They only got, what,  160" or so in 3 weeks?
post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 

LIV2SKI, Mammoth sounds good, and if I can go there, I'd love to take you on your discounted ticket offer!

 

NE got snow further south.  Maybe Hunter, for example, though I've never been there.  Otherwise New Jersey, Philly and Washington DC got snow, but I haven't skiied there either.  VT and NH didn't get much snow this season, aside from a couple of storms that you can count on one hand this season (followed by rain).

Does anyone have any idea whether Utah will be hit with so much snow in two weeks like last year?  What is the minimum base required at Alta?  They are reporting 106" now.

post #12 of 28
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Does anyone have any idea whether Utah will be hit with so much snow in two weeks like last year?  What is the minimum base required at Alta?  They are reporting 106" now.


Let me consult my Magic 8 Ball. Darn..it says "Better not tell you now".

Seriously woofcyn, my understanding is that Utah is having an average snow year. I spent a week there mid February and it was fine. They got snow showers all the time, even while the sun was out! The skiing was great and you can always find little stashes somewhere. Going back Friday for 4 days. I'd be happy to check in and let you know conditions.

Seems like everywhere besides NE and Taos area is down on snow this year. If I were gambling I'd gamble on the LCC and BCC. Seems they always get snow somehow someway. 106" is a lot of snow! There is scientific reason, which I can't explain but locals can tell you, why snow lasts longer in the Wasatch. Temperature/humidity/water content or something like that.
post #13 of 28
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Uh? I thought the NE got hammered this winter?

Anywho, Colorado or to a glacier this time of year. Utah sucks, I wouldn't waste your time there if its anything like March into April of last year. They only got, what,  160" or so in 3 weeks?

Correction:  Mid-atlantic got hammered.  Vermont and NH has a bad year accept for a few OK storms.  
My vote goes to Mammoth.  Looks like they have a huge base. 
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post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 
Nice website!  I found an inexpensive ski package to Jackson Hole, but then checked and found out the snow conditions aren't very good right now (JH is calling it "spring conditions"; people are calling it "slush" with a "low base".  No wonder it the package was cheap!  I'm all dressed up with brand new skis and nowhere to go!  Hah, hah!
post #16 of 28
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Of course, but there is very limited skiing on a glacier. You want the area to be high elevation and many different faces of skiing with a glacier to ski on for best skiing. I'd certainly rather be at Saas Fe then Kaprun.
depends on the glacier, but the common thing about glaciers is that its reliable skiing. most alps resorts with high elevation have glaciers. saas fee has several the allalin and the fee. zermatt, verbier, chamonix are all reliable places with glaciers that are not limited at all
post #17 of 28
Utah is getting hit as I type. 8-14" called for PC through Wednesday. They are also calling for snow on Saturday. I am flying out tomorrow afternoon. WOOOHOOO.

I will give everyone an update next week when I get back.
post #18 of 28
My sister-in-law's husband is turning 40 on 4/2 and he lives in Colorado Springs.  We decided that was a good enough excuse to schedule a late season trip to Breckenridge/Keystone/Vail/Beaver Creek starting on 3/26 through 4/1.  Breckenridge and Vail are scheduled to stay open until 4/18, Keystone and Beaver Creek until 4/11.  Hope there's enough snow while we're there!
post #19 of 28
Sunshine Village is a solid bet for good snow late season.

A-Basin is pretty much a sure thing as well.
post #20 of 28
Utah gets great snow because of the lake effect and that is compounded because of the salt in Salt lake .
Alta gets the best snow because it faces north for the most part , which keeps direct sunlight off the slopes and thus maintains the snows integrity and  "Champiagness" . The Alta website has a link to a geoligical explaination behind their snow .

I was out there 3 weeks ago when they only had 97"'s . I was concerned about the lack of snow ... I was wrong to worry ! And they have received alot since then .: We get some pretty decent snow up here in Idaho , but nothing like the quality of powder they get at Alta.

If you are a pure skier , you have to try Alta.  If you want nite life and Latte's go to Deer Valley or Park City .
post #21 of 28
Thread Starter 

I was in Snowbird/Alta 2 or 3 years ago in February.  I had first chair the morning after a snow storm.  I dropped my gloves and skied back to the base to buy another pair.  By the time I returned, all the snow had been skied off!  Still, I haven't ruled it out going there if I can find a deal better than what they quoted me.  Other than skiing in Japan or Scotland, I don't recall a mountain being that crowded.

I don't require apres-ski; however it's nice not having to eat in the same restaurant(s) for one week.  I understand restaurant choices are limited at Alta.

 

Does anyone know why people are reporting icy conditions at Squaw and "great" conditions at Mammoth?


Edited by woofcyn - 3/12/10 at 1:11pm
post #22 of 28
Should've come to Whistler - right now the mountains are in great shape - deep snowbase with some sick powder days last week. The forecast looks like plenty more snow (at the higher elevations) this week.

We are skiing lines that are normally un-skiable.

Spring skiing this season is gonna rock!
post #23 of 28
Sugarloaf has been dependable with good skiing all winter. April looks great with the deep base.

Squaw has got like 180" base.

Plenty of places to choose from. Take your pick.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by woofcyn View Post

I was in Snowbird/Alta 2 or 3 years ago in February.  I had first chair the morning after a snow storm.  I dropped my gloves and skied back to the base to buy another pair.  By the time I returned, all the snow had been skied off!  Still, I haven't ruled it out going there if I can find a deal better than what they quoted me.  Other than skiing in Japan or Scotland, I don't recall a mountain being that crowded.

I don't require apres-ski; however it's nice not having to eat in the same restaurant(s) for one week.  I understand restaurant choices are limited at Alta.

 

Does anyone know why people are reporting icy conditions at Squaw and "great" conditions at Mammoth?


Ummm, because squaw is what, 6000 foot base and mammoth is a 9000 foot base?  And the top of mammoth is 11k.  I hope you went to mammoth.  I would have to check but I believe a storm just rolled in there.
post #25 of 28
Thread Starter 
I was going to Mammoth, but then cancelled.  It was costly and would have taken me more than 10 hours to get there.

I got a deal at Alta, so I'm going to take my chances there!  Leaving Tuesday for 1 week.  Hopefully they will get a lot of snow like they did the last week of March last year!  Just in case the snow gods answer my prayers, I'm bringing two skis which includes one brand new powder ski.

I'm surprised conditions are good at Whistler while the media was reporting bad conditions during the Olympics; maybe the Olympics were located lower on the mountain or it snowed and got colder since then?  Whistler is one of my favorite places.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by woofcyn View Post

I was going to Mammoth, but then cancelled.  It was costly and would have taken me more than 10 hours to get there.

Yikes, 10 hours. That is the great think about Utah from San Diego, you can be there in 2 hours. Takes me 6 hours to drive to Mammoth. Some day I will just need to buy a 2nd home somewhere where it snows and there is a great mountain with good snow. Mammoth is a great mountain, with good coverage most times, but it is so much cheaper to buy a place in Utah or Oregon. Frickin nice places in Bend Or, but I hear Bachelor is so so.
Have fun in Alta. I will be at Mammoth for a 4 day weekend this week.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by wbsr View Post

Should've come to Whistler - right now the mountains are in great shape - deep snowbase with some sick powder days last week. The forecast looks like plenty more snow (at the higher elevations) this week.

We are skiing lines that are normally un-skiable.

Spring skiing this season is gonna rock!

Seconded for Whistler. There's tons of snow. Last week we had some great new snow days. The weekend was hardpack, with the ungroomed softening up nicely. This Thursday we should see lots of nice new snow. 


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I'm surprised conditions are good at Whistler while the media was reporting bad conditions during the Olympics; maybe the Olympics were located lower on the mountain or it snowed and got colder since then?  Whistler is one of my favorite places.

Many of the Olympic events were at Cypress in Vancouver, which did have poor snow conditions. Vancouver rarely gets below 0 in the winter, so skiing in Vancouver is dicey at best.
post #28 of 28
Well we still have lots of snow here @ Mt Baker....we'll be skiing through April....then up to Whistler in May and June..you can't beat the Northwest this time of year!
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