So I could use a little advice. I have some fairly specific parameters.
I may be in Seattle for Thanksgiving, and we may be looking to ski afterwards (for a week or so). We're coming from Germany and therefore flying a long way, so it is possible that we could fly somewhere from Seattle and just fly on back to Germany. So it is not imperative that we go somewhere near Seattle, but that would probably make things a little easier.
We also need for there to be xc-skiing in addition to downhill skiing. I think that will be the more difficult point this early in the season. For the downhill skiing, I'm an advanced skier who likes steep and deep, bumps, but no jumps. I'm aware that at that time of year, I should be happy to take whatever I can get, however.
My initial thoughts:
Whistler: top should be open, but I'm worried that the low elevation makes xc-skiing very iffy at that time of year.
Mt. Bachelor: higher base for xc. Usually think of it as a spring destination, but maybe also a good early option?
Cascade Road Trip: I'd love to just drive around from the Methow Valley in the north to White Pass in the south and hit a bunch of stiff in between, but not sure I can count on the snow.
Tahoe: loads of xc, but will any of it be open? Does Kirkwood have a better early season record?
Mammoth: don't really know anything about it
East: seems crazy, but having loved in upstate New York for two years, I now have damn cold and snowy the fall can be in the NE. Could the snow reliability, especially from a nordic perspective, even be better than in the west?
Somewhere else: Ideas please.
Because of the need to book flights (for anywhere other than resorts drivable from Seattle), I unfortunatly can't really wait and follow the snow (if there is any).
Thanks in advance for the input.