Originally Posted by Midwest Skier
I have been avoiding taking a ski trip at Christmas because snow is unreliable, crowds, etc...
Of course, I will probably wait until Thanksgiving to see who is getting what snow, but is there one area that is generally more consistent in early season, or perhaps less crowded during holidays ?
As far as snow reliability, Tony Crocker's guide is what you will need
Our family went to Whistler-Blackcomb a couple of years ago over X'mas. It dumped every day and it was a winter wonderland. It would be hard to find more Christmas atmosphere than a ski resort, however you will pay up to twice the usual rate for lodging, airfare, lift tickets etc.. Waiting until Thanksgiving will severely limit your options. It's not too early to book for X'mas right now. It was actually not crazy busy on the slopes up to and including X'mas day. The crowds arrive right after X'mas and stay through New Years Day. At any destination resort, X'mas is going to be the busiest time of the year.
If it has to be X'mas, then I recommend W-B. It's huge and world class, but also very convenient with no car (2 hour coach from Vancouver). Also, elevation is low so altitude sickness is taken out of the equation. But personally I think Spring Break is better bang for the buck.