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March skiing

Discussion in 'United States' started by Roymond, May 15, 2019.

  1. Roymond

    Roymond One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Got a chance for a ‘work’ conference in snowmass next mid march 2020. We were there early feb this year and it was wonderful- perfect snow, perfect weather. This year the same conference has been pushed back a month. Does anyone have any experience skiing Colorado mid March?
    How reliable is the snow base - are you starting to get the spring sludge by then? Is it getting too warm? I appreciate this year was an exceptionally good year and probably not a good benchmark...
     
  2. Seth

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    It really depends. Can get decent storms in March but also be pretty warm (hello slush bumps).

    I wouldn’t say no just because it is March.
     
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    Mid March is peak base. In fact March is historically the snowiest month in Snowmass I believe. Surface conditions will vary dependant on weather of course. The low angle areas could well be softening but the north facing steeper pitches should be holding winter snow. Nip over to Highlands and hike the bowl - cold dry snow guaranteed!
    You’ll have a ball regardless.
     
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  4. Rick Ross Da Boss

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    Colorado in March sounds mint!
     
  5. Roymond

    Roymond One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I’d never say no. I was just wondering if it was worth pulling the kids out of school for. Sounds like a yes.:)
     
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    Which ski resort are you considering? In general, mid-March is still consider "mid-season" as opposed to "late season" in Colorado. All the Colorado resorts are open until early April. Those that close then usually still have enough snow and decent temps, but not enough paying customers to justify staying open.

    For kids, the answer for international travel over school is always "yes." At least it was for my parents, who were professors. :)
     
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    March is often (maybe usually??) the snowiest month of the year in the Rocky Mountains.

    But as it's the beginning of spring, when the sun does come out it will have a stronger effect, so you just need to be aware of your aspects and ski accordingly.

    I ski overseas most years in March and have skied some epic powder.
     
  8. Roymond

    Roymond One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Snowmass. Prevailing opinion seems to be ‘no worries’.
     
  9. MarzNC

    MarzNC One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep, should be fine mid-March. Key indicator is that Aspen will still be charging full price for day tickets.

    I was at Aspen/Snowmass the last week of March a few years ago. Timing of the trip was based on my husband having a professional meeting in Denver. First day at Snowmass was a powder day. A few days later it was too warm at Aspen Highlands by 2pm. That was just before discounted rates started.
     
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    Historically Feb 15- Mar 15 (between Presidents' Weekend and St Patrick's Day) is the ideal period for Australians to head to Aspen for the best balance of snow, temperatures and daylight. Americans have spring break holidays in the second half of March and hence the March peak period is usually the week starting St Patrick's Day (Mar 17) - but what is called a peak period in Aspen means a lift queue of only a couple of minutes at a couple of times of the day. March is also the snowiest month.

    This season's conditions were/are that good that Aspen Mountain is re-opening for skiing on Memorial Day weekend:
    May 25th-27th the Aspen Mountain Gondola will open for summer business from 10am-4pm for; sightseeing, delicious food, great drinks and jamming’ to a DJ at the Sundeck. Aspen will have the Ajax Express Chair running from 10am-2pm (or until conditions permit) on the same 3 days for 130 acres of fabulous skiing & riding.
     
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    I had a week at Steamboat towards the end of March and the only place where the spring school vacation peak crowds were an issue was in the feeding holes at lunch time. Slopes and lifts were fine.
     
  12. MarzNC

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    Actually, U.S. school spring breaks are spread all over March and into April. There are U.S. colleges that have a week off the first week of March, or the second week of March, as well as later in the month. Some K-12 schools will have spring break around the time of Easter, which is April 12, 2020. The timing is somewhat regional. For instance, in the southeast where I live classes start by mid-August while in New England classes start in early September. Was a bit of a culture shock when I moved from New York City to North Carolina during high school long time ago.

    That said, the only time there might be a lift line of more than 5 min at Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, or Aspen Highlands would be at the base around 9:15am. Never a wait at Buttermilk. Note that Buttermilk has a range of terrain. It's not just green/blue trails. The black terrain can be good fun a day or two after a powder storm because advanced skier don't go there so it doesn't get skied out.

    A trail off Tiehack lift at Buttermilk, Feb 2016, not too steep but steep enough for powder turns
     
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    Colorado in mid March

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  14. Rick Ross Da Boss

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    Looks horrible.... :eek:
     
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  15. Brimmo

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    I mentioned last week that Aspen Mountain would be re-opening for skiing for Memorial Day (this) Weekend.
    The 12-18 inches of snow overnight have not hurt conditions.

    Only the top quad, Ajax Express chair will be open for sliding.
     
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    So far Aspen Mountain has opened lift served skiing for Memorial Day weekend May 25, 26 & 27
    Then again last weekend June 01 & 02
    and just announced,
    another weekend of June 08 & 09 - doubtful they will last until 4th of July like Mammoth Mtn CA.
     
  17. Brimmo

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    The final weekend of lift served skiing in Aspen will be the weekend of June 15 & 16 - this coincides the massive Food and Wine festival. Hours are 9.00am till 1.00pm.
     
  18. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    What about Lake Placid and/or Lake Tahoe in March? Are they worth it for XC skiing in March? Would Silver Star in Canada be better in March?
     
  19. MarzNC

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    I wouldn't travel around the world for XC skiing in Lake Placid in March. Could be good or could easily be freezing rain. Tahoe is hurting for snow this season, but I have no idea what that means for XC trails. I know people who are driving from CA to ski in Utah or Colorado.

    For discussion about winter weather in NY State:
    https://forum.nyskiblog.com/Winter-Weather-2019-2020-tp4152841.html
     
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    I think January for XC skiing in North America , be it Canada and/ or USA seems to be a better bet.
     
  21. Ozgirl

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    Tahoe is hurting for snow? Really?

    Have skied a few times on my birthday! It's better than Sept here!
     
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    Most things are better than Sept here.
     
  23. MarzNC

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    Here's the status from OpenSnow for Squaw as today. Hasn't been a decent snowstorm for the last four weeks. Very different from last winter.
     
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    @MarzNC I think I remember you saying you have skied big sky/bridger and recommended it to me previously. Any recommendations as to best part of Bozeman to stay in? Not looking to party just dinner and a beer. We will likely stay 3 nights in Bozeman to ski 2 days in Bridger and then 6 nights in Big Sky staying on the mountain. Heading there in a few weeks on 19th March. Was weighing up Tahoe vs Big sky and snow tells me big sky is the winner.
     
  25. MarzNC

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    Yeah, Tahoe is really hurting for snow this month.

    Bozeman isn't that big a city, so it doesn't make that much difference where you stay. There are several chain motels near I-90 Exit 306 for N. 7th Ave. Those are the most convenient for driving to Bridger. Best Western is my chain of choice these days whenever that's available to that's where I stayed in 2019. My ski buddy was at the Days Inn, and it was fine for a couple nights.

    The Bridger website has links to lodging that provide "ski and stay" packages.

    Wandering around "downtown" on Main Street near Tracy Ave is worth doing once. My favorite shop does watch repair. It's called Last Windup and has quite a collection of old watches and small clocks. My ski buddy and I had a good dinner at the pub inside the historic Baxter Hotel. It's an Irish pub called the Bacchus. The Blue Light that goes on when Bridger has powder is on top of the Baxter Hotel.

    Driving around Bozeman is pretty easy. The rush hour traffic doesn't really last that long. Seems like more slow downs on the 2-lane highway between Bozeman and Big Sky because so many of the Big Sky employees live around Bozeman. Not much in the way of housing near Big Sky.

     
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    A few photos from my first visit to Bridger back in Feb 2012. Bottom two were taken from just in front of a base lodge mid-morning on a Sunday. When there is enough snow, all of the Ridge is skiable by folks willing to do a bit of hiking and who like that sort of terrain. In Feb 2019 I was lucky and caught a fluffy powder storm (10-20 inches depending on elevation). It was the day after the snow stopped that there was a lift line at the base more than 15 minutes before opening time. That's when the local powder hounds drove up for the morning to get first tracks off the Ridge. With 2000 acres total, there is plenty of green, blue, and less intimidating black terrain as well.

    2012.
     
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