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Where to ski 2nd/3rd week Dec 2015?

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We are a family of enthusiastic skiers looking from a tropical climate who like to take an annual trip of about 2-3 weeks to keep up with our skiing each year. And we'll usually try to ski solid throughout the 2 weeks as far as possible to get the most out of the trip. Our timetable limits us to mainly the 2nd to 4th week of December each year and we're looking for new locations to try. Preferably not too costly and not too difficult to get to.

Been to Breck x2 , Niseko, Tahoe, Snowy Mountains x2, Finland. Any other recommendations for our 2015 trip?

Were considering Whistler but it seems quite pricey based on initial research.
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We are a family of enthusiastic skiers looking from a tropical climate who like to take an annual trip of about 2-3 weeks to keep up with our skiing each year. And we'll usually try to ski solid throughout the 2 weeks as far as possible to get the most out of the trip. Our timetable limits us to mainly the 2nd to 4th week of December each year and we're looking for new locations to try. Preferably not too costly and not too difficult to get to.

Been to Breck x2 , Niseko, Tahoe, Snowy Mountains x2, Finland. Any other recommendations for our 2015 trip?

Were considering Whistler but it seems quite pricey based on initial research.


Where are you starting from?  Mid-December is a bit tricky in North America since it's impossible to know when the snow will get going during early season.  But given where you have gone, I assume you know that already.

 

Have you considered flying to SLC?  Lots of options within driving distance (4-8 hours) if you are willing to rent a car.  Besides the variety of places within an hour of the airport, I've started trips by meeting friends there and then driving to ski at Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Big Sky, or Bridger.

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Second week of December makes it a very short list if you want to be skiing more than manmade snow.  Targhee, Alta, Whistler are decent bets, but nothing is a guarantee that early.

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Our options are very open at the moment. Haven't made any travel plans so just pondering over the possibilities with suitable conditions. Was told Switzerland had good snow as early as October this year so that could be one option. Read onthesnow.com that Livigno sounded interesting too, but haven't heard anything else about that place other than what I'd read on that page.

Still early days yet, but have to get the options going.

I know most of you guys have the luxury of grabbing your skis/boards and heading up whenever there's a dump, (green with envy!) but I'll just have to make do knowing that there'll be decent snow during my ski trips to keep us entertained and practiced until we can migrate! Just so we don't have a wasted trip. So any area with enough runs open that are not too icy would be great. Hubby and son do love the blacks, but I'm happy doing the easy to moderate blues. Enjoy skiing but not putting my life in danger.

If you have any info about general costs, that would be great too! We do usually mid-ranged self-contained apartments which are fairly comfortable, preferably near the slopes, and do our own cooking and laundry, can self-drive, don't really appreciate much night life, but we did like Heavenly, for its proximity to everything. We don't go for uber luxury unless its of good value because if we did have more budget, it would go into more nights for skiing, and shopping! And we do like the feeling of chilling out at 'home away from home'. And a good soak in the outdoor hot tub at the end of the day is always looked forward to!
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