I've got a general sense where the odds are good for skiing in April and have reviewed a number of old threads here on that topic. But I'm looking for input on some of the other factors for a trip that my kids and their friends want to put together for spring break of their senior year.
The other factors:
---The core of the group is a handful of dedicated skiers who seek out moguls, powder, trees, etc., and will ski first chair to last in any condition. Easy enough to keep them happy.
-- They'll bring friends with less interest and endurance, who'd probably rather go to the beach.
-- The less enthusiastic skiers would really love any sort of pool / hot tub situation, and towns with shopping, entertainment,etc.
-- Dates are the week of April 18.
-- It's quite likely that a couple of non-skiing parents may come along too so I can't just go to a great mountain in the middle of nowhere.
-- Easy airport access a plus
-- Canada a plus for adventure factor
-- Lodging concept, we'd like to rent a big house or condo for 6 or 8 kids and 2 - 3 parents, where you could at least walk to lifts; don't want to deal with cars, and would rather eat breakfasts and lunch out of a group kitchen not a ski lodge.
-- Lots of housing stock would be a plus so other kids or families could be invited if the idea takes off.
-- Money is a factor -- a lot of the kids will be paying some or all of this from their own pocket. I remember seeing some resorts out west with"Spring season" passes but don't remember which ones.
My thoughts were:
Sunshine/Lake Louise/Banff (but I really don't know anything about those places)
Any comments on those? Other suggestions?
I haven't been to any of those actually, most of my skiing out west has been Mt. Hood, Bachelor, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Alta, none of which would be good for the nonskiers.