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Ski Christmas or day after?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Yeah yeah I know...BOTH

 

Have in-laws coming for the holidays, here for 2 weeks (sigh).  They don't ski.  I have been informed that since it would be rude not to keep them entertained (they are full grown adults for cripes sake!) I can take our daughter skiing either xmas day or the day after but not both.  To be fair that is in addition to a few other days when the guests are off seeing the space needle or something.  My question is - Which day is likely to be less crowded?  I have never been up around xmas before (usually working).  Couple of considerations...

 

-reminder that xmas is on saturday this year

-will be going to Crystal (WA), and as it is not really a destination resort I don't know if the hordes of vacationers thing really applies

post #2 of 18

Xmas day is an awesome ski day. A few guys dressed as Santa, plus me and a bunch of other Jews. Eat Chinese food on the way home to complete the tradition. There won't be a soul on the hill until 10:30-11, and even after that it will be pretty deserted. Boxing Day (day after Xmas) will be back to normal on the hill. Just get your daughter up early to open a few presents, and tell her she can open the rest when you get back from skiing. Besides, it is the one morning when it is really easy to get the kids to wake up early.

 

I'm 47. I've been skiing since age 2 or 3. I've probably missed skiing on 2 or 3 of those 44-45 Christmases.

post #3 of 18

Xmas day by far.  I've taken the family for the past several years.  Always ski the 23rd, 24th and Xmas day.  Then it gets crowded.  Take off the 26th as the Wife is always spent by then.  Stay one or 2 more days and head home.

 

Of course this year I haven't booked anything as there is no f'n snow.  Still hoping for a last minute storm or considering Wolf Creek or Taos, though those flights seem to be harder to get at the last minute.

post #4 of 18

Xmas day for sure. I ski Crystal too and while it doesn't get the tourists, it DOES get crazy busy (relatively) during Xmas break in general. I have actually sworn off skiing between xmas and New Year's because of this.

post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks.  will be driving up on xmas.  daughter wanted to do our usual get up at o-dark-30 and get a primo parking spot, wait 15 or so for the lifts to open but missus decided the guests would want to see her open some gifts so will probably hit crystal by 10:30.  best thing is the supper that will be waiting when we get back!

post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 

Looks like the decision to go up xmas day might just work out, now just need to find a santa hat big enough to fit over my helmet.

 

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post #7 of 18

No one skis on Christmas, the areas are all closed. Stay home with the family and open presents.

 

(I will be at N* in the AM if anyone is going to be around)

post #8 of 18

I've just started training to be a ski instructor at Mt Rose so I'll be working Christmas Day, and I can hardly wait!!!

 

Merry Christmas

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

No one skis on Christmas, the areas are all closed. Stay home with the family and open presents.

 



hahahahahahaha!

post #10 of 18

Heh, that's cool TC.

post #11 of 18

How was it, Trekchick? 

 

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

post #12 of 18
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How was it, Trekchick? 

 

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!



She just called. If she didn't drink before...she does now. beercheer.gif

 

I had a great day tooling around n*...a very relaxin 25K vert by noon. 

post #13 of 18

This instructor was out at Alpine Meadows today. It was a slow day so after line-up when I wasn't needed for lessons, I donned the suit and headed out with a small sack of gummy bears (we were out of candy canes). It is amazing how little kids go crazy for Santa. I had a blast for an hour or so before I got called to come teach a lesson that had to split in half. I ended up teaching two adults from 11-12. It was very funny trying to teach two adults while every person under 5' tall kept calling out for me, or coming up to me. Lots of laughs.

 

Here I am before the lesson with two friends from the AM ski team. The little one on the right still believes in Santa and was a bit confused by the fact someone she knows was dressed up as Santa. I think Mom explained it to her after I left (that I'm Santa's skiing Jewish helper).

 

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post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all who encouraged me to go up on xmas day, it was great!  Whole day (esp the am) was damn near deserted.  First hour was on some crunchy groomers, then the wind really kicked up for about 45 min as a storm blew in.  Then snow for the rest of the day (really heavy by the time we left), I think they totaled about 4-6 inches over about 4 hours.  Didn't get my camera out much as I hate to get it out when it is really coming down.  Apologies to those still with minimal or no snow.  This was taken about noon.

 

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post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

How was it, Trekchick? 

 

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you too.


 

It was an experience to be embraced, that's for sure.  And it was a day of good cheer!

From what i understand we were short handed for instructors, and overwhelmed with students (something like 500 first timers).  

We did station teaching so I was pretty much at one station all day.  

It was all worth it when I took a woman to the magic carpet for the last run of the day.  She was sure that she'd never be able to get there, but she made it down without falling and was happy to know that the motel she is staying at (The Grand Sierra) has a hot tub in the fitness room, and that she can buy a stylish bathing suit at Snowind Sports. biggrin.gif

 

I'm going to bed early tonight.......just saying. 

post #16 of 18

I actually found Christmas Eve Day to be Full-On Vince Vaughn. Came out from lunch at 1 pm to find the hill empty and the runs uncluttered. Seems that most folks actually had Christmas Eve plans and skeedaddled early.

 

Today, Christmas Day, was a bit more crowded. Hit the hill around 1 and just about every run was packed.

 

The 26th should be good since all the Canadians, Aussies, Kiwis, Brits, and various other non-Americans will be celebrating Boxing Day...

post #17 of 18

Both, but Christmas Eve is better - you get to ski with Santa (couple of years ago, Mt Hood Meadows)

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post #18 of 18
I was skiing Christmas day with my son, but didn't ski the day after. We had a major storm which blew down the power lines and the lifts were not able to operate. So I was forced to stay home....I did escape for an hour to go for a run instead.
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