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Thanksgiving- Which Epic Resort?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

A buddy of mine is thinking of purchasing an Epic Pass and wants to make a Thanksgiving ski Trip.  I told him that it has been very warm the last month in Colorado (I played golf above 8,500 the other day) and conditions tend to be better Jan-March.  Are the Utah or California resorts doing any better than Colorado? 

post #2 of 14

No.

post #3 of 14

Advance booked Thanksgiving ski trips ANYWHERE are likely to be a waste of money.  Throughout the West October and the first week of November have seen far less snow than normal.  While it's way too early to be worrying about the season as a whole, it reinforces my view about Thanksgiving skiing. DON'T DO IT.   The OP lives in Summit  County and can decide on the spur of the moment whether it's worth skiing.  I don't know where the friend lives, but Thanksgiving should have nothing to do with whether he buys an Epic Pass. Tell him to come visit you in April, when everything in Summit County will be open, crowds will be down and he'll have nearly as good a shot at some powder as anytime. 

post #4 of 14

Too early.

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies.  So CA & UT are just as bad as CO at the moment.  Seems to be cooling off today, so maybe the warm pattern has finally ended.

 

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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

Advance booked Thanksgiving ski trips ANYWHERE are likely to be a waste of money.  Throughout the West October and the first week of November have seen far less snow than normal.  While it's way too early to be worrying about the season as a whole, it reinforces my view about Thanksgiving skiing. DON'T DO IT.   The OP lives in Summit  County and can decide on the spur of the moment whether it's worth skiing.  I don't know where the friend lives, but Thanksgiving should have nothing to do with whether he buys an Epic Pass. Tell him to come visit you in April, when everything in Summit County will be open, crowds will be down and he'll have nearly as good a shot at some powder as anytime. 

He'll make a later trip regardless, but buying a season pass only makes sense if he is able to make an earlier trip and Thanksgiving is the only time he can swing it.

post #6 of 14
Absent a surprise early season pineapple express in Tahoe is it fair to say that Beaver Creek will typically have the most open terrain of any major Vail Resort at Thanksgiving time?
post #7 of 14

Afton Alps!........................:duck:

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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post
 

He'll make a later trip regardless, but buying a season pass only makes sense if he is able to make an earlier trip and Thanksgiving is the only time he can swing it.

 

Utah sure is, especially outside of the Cottonwoods.

 

http://www.parkcitymountain.com/site/mountain-info/mountain-cams/crescent-hd-cam/index.html

 

Like you mentioned though, temps are cooling now so we'll see.

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Absent a surprise early season pineapple express in Tahoe is it fair to say that Beaver Creek will typically have the most open terrain of any major Vail Resort at Thanksgiving time?

No Vail Resort averages as much as being one quarter open at Thanksgiving.  This year they will be lucky to be 10-15% open given the dry start.  Anyone who spends airfare $$$ to ski at Thanksgiving has more dollars than sense.   I'm not picking on Vail, some of their resorts have good early season track records.  But early season means mid-December through Christmas.  Worthwhile November skiing is a lucky fluke, will never be predictable more than a week or two in advance.  Thus it's worth thinking about only for areas to which you can drive on short notice.

 

I don't systematically start tracking ski area terrain open until December 1.  On December 1 some Sierra resorts have some of the better numbers, coming from the years with early big dumps while areas with more consistent snowfall almost never have enough by Dec. 1 to open as much as half of terrain.  By Jan. 1 the more consistent areas are usually 80+% open, so then the Sierra averages are lower due to the greater number of extreme dry years.

post #10 of 14
If hes making a trip. The lift tickets are the least of his costs.
So yea there's a bit of a logic error to plan a trip to spend money for the sake of saving money.
post #11 of 14

Why anyone would want to fly around Thanksgiving to do ANYTHING makes little sense to me.

post #12 of 14

Beaver Creek has World Cup races the first week of Dec that take up lots of terrain and a huge chunk of snowmaking resources:

http://www.beavercreek.com/events-and-activities/world-cup.aspx

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I wish CA was even close to CO right now.  This is what Northstar looked like *before* this past weekend's warm weather.  There's a chance for a storm several days before Thanksgiving but it won't be on top of much, that's for sure.  Can you tell which ridge and trail has snow-making on it?

 

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Mammoth cams look a lot better than Northstar due to the higher elevation and last weekend's storm being stronger there:

http://www.mammothmountain.com/winter/ski-ride/mountain-information/cams

 

Nonetheless the warm weather melted out the snow from lower elevations and flatter areas last week.

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