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Avoiding the crowds !!!!!

Manchester, England
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Avoiding the crowds !!!!!

Hi. We are looking to start planning our ski trip for next year.

Please can you help me with Canadian and US holidays in February/March 2008. We ended up in Aspen at Spring Break March this year and would like to avoid that volume of people next year, or we may as well stay close to home ie. France.

We cross the pond to get miles of fabulous, crowd free slopes !!!!

So any particular dates of holidays would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Avoiding the crowds !!!!!

Sorry to jump in on the Whistler board, but thought you should know that Aspen at Spring Break is far LESS crowded than most other US ski resorts.

I've only been to Whistler in April so can't truly answer your question, but am guessing the proximity to Vancouver is similar to the way Vail and other Colorado resorts (NOT Aspen) are close to Denver and that results in far more people.

And US holidays this year will be February 16-23 for President's Week though you may find the first part of the week busier than the second part. Spring breaks vary each year around the country in a bell curve, but usually peak third or fourth week of March. It all depends on what school districts and universities select- it differs every year.

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2. Re: Avoiding the crowds !!!!!

Thanks Jen. You answered some of my Snowmass queries last March. We had a great time there and did loads of skiing. We were there the last week in March, Sunny skies, high temps and it was bombed with people !!!!! Especially Snowmass. We had an epic/excellent powder day at Buttermilk with a deserted mountain ( tiehack side) and 11/2ft of fresh powder to play in.

Followed your recommendations and ate in both Artisan and il Poggio's. Both were fab.

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3. Re: Avoiding the crowds !!!!!

As my southern friends say, Presidents day is the only big one for the US. In BC, we have no February Holidays, but there is March Break which goes for 2 weeks. Not sure when it is scheduled for 2008.

Shropshire, England
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4. Re: Avoiding the crowds !!!!!

As previous posters have suggested you need to avoid US Presidents Week, particularly as it also clashes with some UK half-terms.

The spring break for BC schools tends to start somewhere between 15th & 20th March - although I cannot yet find out exact dates for 2008.

If you want to ski in the spring then the best time for avoiding school holidays would be the beginning of March.

If you really want to avoid the crowds then the best time to be in Whistler is immediately after the Christams & New Year guests have gone home. We have skied the first two weeks in January on several ocassions and quite literally had some slopes to ourselves.

Not only will the slopes be quieter but also the restaurants and you should find accomodation is cheaper.

Aspens is a tiny ski area compared to Whistler so even at busy times there is a lot more space. Visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com and compare the acreage.

In a choice between France & Whistler - Whistler wins everytime.

Enjoy your trip!

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5. Re: Avoiding the crowds !!!!!

When people refer to "Aspen" then aren't talking about the one mountain. Nobody comes to Aspen/Snowmass and only skis Aspen. Yes, that mountain is smaller but they are referring to the entire destination: Aspen/Snowmass. It's four mountains, with one being the second largest ski mountain in the state of Colorado.

Bazmo, so glad you had a good trip and used some of the restaurant suggestions!

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