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Canada late April/early May

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going on honeymoon to Canada at the end of April into early May next year and travelling across the Rockies so i will be in Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Sun Peaks and Whistler. It wasn't booked with skiing specifically in mind but what are the chances of getting a few days in here and there? i wouldn't be expecting crazy good conditions but what will the snow be like and which area would be the mostly likely to get a ski in?
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Banff (Sunshine) and Whistler will be open. Don't know about the rest.

Have been to both, but only once at each. So can't say much about "typical" condition. It'll likely be "spring" like condition.
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First issue isn't the snow conditions, it's whether the resorts are open. Only the biggies will run through to May and condition will be pot luck. I passed through over Easter this year, Whistler was a miserable rainfest while the Banff resorts were quite good. You may find they're the only open hills.
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I was at Sunshine last year early April when apparently they had the coldest conditions thus the best snow for years and I think they were trying to negotiate extension until near end of April; consider the seasonal workers needed to keep one resort open. They have some grand closing festival but it looked like a slush fest. Based on that I’d assume to get nothing there by May.
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I've scored great pow at LL at the beginning of May. High is your friend. Whistler usually pretty soggy by then.

Wouldn't ski Scumshine cos of the Scurfield assholes.
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Copied from my 2018 TR - "One of the staff mentioned she’d heard rumours about opening for a few weekends after the official closing date as it is still cold and there is a lot of snow around. Sunshine are advertising their annual “slush run” for 21 May this year. "

Here it is on their site. I guess other resorts do similar.
https://www.skibanff.com/explore/news-blog/2019/slush-cup-highlights
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Orange200 wrote:
I was at Sunshine last year early April when apparently they had the coldest conditions thus the best snow for years and I think they were trying to negotiate extension until near end of April; consider the seasonal workers needed to keep one resort open. They have some grand closing festival but it looked like a slush fest. Based on that I’d assume to get nothing there by May.

Are you sure?

Sunshine often open till Mother's Day.

I was there one year in May, Mother's Day. There's still plenty of snow up high. But it does get slushy very fast during the day (refreeze overnight). The locals typically ski from opening till noon and then go to work.
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We were in Jasper (Marmot Basin is the ski hill) 8-20 April this year and got some really good conditions. I don't know if the cold snowy weather we got was typical but Marmot Basin stays open until early May. I'd thoroughly recommend it; definitely worth a visit if you're in Jasper.
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Whistler.
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LL and Sunshine should be open. LL typical spring conditions, sunshine could be decent
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My son was still training at sunshine mid may last season and he said conditions were pretty good.
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In to May only one of the mountains will be open at whistler. Tricky to guess which because this year they switched it up and had Whistler open and shut Blackcomb for biking.
It will be limited to up high but something will be open.
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nickle, my vote would be Marmot too ......

One of the most northern most, well inland and base/peak relatively high for a Canadian area.

Bit of a trek to get to, but the Icefields Parkway should be nice that time of year.
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Or drive a couple of hours down to Blue River and take a day or two at Wiegele's.

You could probably do it on stand by rates. Guaranteed corn, and a bit more special than the local hills.
Unlike Scurfield, don't forget to obey the guide's instructions wink
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