With most resorts in North America closing by mid-April, prices are softer while snow can be heavier. As an infrequent Intermediate skier, I found skiing in 50 degree weather at Lake Tahoe’s deep powder I felt like I was wearing iron ski boots! However, this is one of the most economical times to head to the slopes.
So if you are looking to have a ski week where the pistes are high and the prices low(er), these are some of the offerings we are seeing.
1. Big Sky, Montana-I had a great April vacation there in the past but did find the Pacific Northwest very challenging as an East Coast skier. As a solo traveler, I was pleased to see that the resort was filled with really friendly fellow skiers and had a great, rollicking annual ski competition. Intrepid skiers (even one in a wedding gown!) crossed the finish line while dodging (or plunging) into a man-made pond awaiting them at the bottom!
2. Aspen-A long time celebrity watering hole, it has both challenging terrain on Ajax/Aspen Mountain and easy Beginning/Intermediate slopes on nearby Snowmass. In any case, the apres-ski options are virtually limitless as is the chance for people-watching.
3. Mont-Tremblant, Eastern Canada-Another great option to split a week between sightseeing (nearby Montreal) and a spring ski break. In the past, I have seen lift tickets online discounted to 35% off with 65 trails open. You can take a tour via the online live cams. With one promotion offering “fly and ski free”, their deals are really worth looking in to.
4. Local slopes around Quebec City-Eastern Canada-After 7 trips, Quebec City is one of my favorite places in the whole world. As a result, I highly recommend it for its great culture, cuisine and history with an aside of 1-2 days for local skiing and dog sledding. Because of the cold climate, spring skiing may be a better bet for those who prefer palm trees to ice castles. Just a half hour away is Mont-Sainte-Anne with 70 runs with a mix for all levels and slightly farther Le Massif known also for its view.
5. Whistler, Canada-British Columbia, Western Canada-A slightly warmer option at 26 degrees Fahrenheit in contrast to Eastern Canada. With up to 36 feet of snow, Ski Magazine’s readers previously voted Whistler as the number one overall ski resort. (It’s also a great way to include 4 days of skiing while saving 3 days for sightseeing in Vancouver.) If you are in for an adventure, there is heli-skiing and winter ziplining. Not so much? Take a scenic tour via gondola and settle indoors by the fire with a hot cider or glühwein.
Stay tuned for our upcoming Summer Skiing post! (Think South America and even New Zealand!)