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Christmas -- Ski Trip

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OK...time to start thinking about next year !  I have been avoiding taking a ski trip at Christmas because snow is unreliable, crowds, etc. (Actually, a combination of both -- many resorts aren't fully open when base is light, making the existing runs even more crowded). However, with kids in school, I am considering a trip over the Christmas /New Years Holidays....

 

   Any suggestions for next year ? 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 ?  (I may be able to go the week after New Years if that makes a difference).

 

Thanks for your thoughts.

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Check out Tony Crocker's website BestSnow for the most comprehensive information.

 

The ones I'm familiar with would be Wolf Creek, which often has huge snow by Christmas or Grand Targhee, which is known for early season powder and would be more resort-y for Christmas. Both are out of the way and so won't have the mega-crowds that Vail or such will.

 

There is something to be said, however, for going for the whole family holiday experience and damn the crowds and expense. For that, it's hard to beat the major resorts.

 

Casual observation and jealous reading of early season posts here would also suggest looking at the Pacific Northwest.

 

Fun to dream, eh?!

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I think you need to tell us more. There's gotta be a hundred threads (do a search for the word Christmas) asking where to go at Christmas. Everyone wants lack of crowds, yet snow. Tell us what you need beyond that to make it right for you or we're just rehashing old ground.
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Originally Posted by Midwest Skier View Post

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

 

http://gator1314.hostgator.com/~bestsnow/fam_ski.htm

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20060527094259/http://www.skiingmag.com/skiing/travel/article/0,12910,328640,00.html

 

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.

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