Q&A: Does shoulder season have less reliable conditions?
But stick with me. There’s good stuff to know on this one.
If we started operating in November, and that was our shoulder season, then yes, a thin snowpack and not enough coverage could be an issue.
And if we kept running tours into May, then yes, a lack of true powder snow could be an issue.
But the operating season as it is – late December to early April – is truly all reliable, through and through.
I’ve had my deepest turns in December, and some of our best promo photos come from our staff day every April. (Like this one from the very end of March.)
Weird weather, like snowfall droughts, intense wind, huge dumps and warm-ups (for better or for worse) can happen anytime.
Just like in so many other industries, shoulder and peak season are set by demand, not quality.
Those that avoid peak season score lower rates, the ease to book closer to the date, and less competition for hotel rooms, rental cars and on the resort slopes.
The early shoulder (Dec and Jan) favours deeper skiing, more trees and glades, and cold smoke snow quality.
Best for: Strong skiers and riders who can make the most of shorter daylight hours and are ready for DEEP trees and lots of ’em.
The late shoulder (second half of March and early April) favours more boot to knee-deep skiing, more big alpine lines, and potential for steeper terrain.
Best for: People who want to redefine the word EPIC in their vocabulary, and have been dreaming of accessing big, high, open terrain.
Can’t make it here in February, or all the seats have been sold out for a year?
You just have to get here, and the getting will be GOOD.
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