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Our family has decided to take our first trip out west for Christmas this year.  We originally planned on driving to Summit County as that is where I grew up skiing many years ago.  However, based on discussions here about the crowds, we are leaning towards Powder Mountain.  We have already began looking for flights, rental car and condos.  Right now, United has flights from Chicago to SLC for $335 leaving on Christmas Eve morning, returning New years eve.  It seems very early to book a flight but the price also seems reasonable.  Is it too early to book?  Several airlines don't even have flights listed that far out yet.  My wife and I flew in February for about $200 each but that obviously was not Christmas.  Can anyone share what they have paid at Christmas, or any other advice?

 

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Our family has decided to take our first trip out west for Christmas this year.  We originally planned on driving to Summit County as that is where I grew up skiing many years ago.  However, based on discussions here about the crowds, we are leaning towards Powder Mountain.  We have already began looking for flights, rental car and condos.  Right now, United has flights from Chicago to SLC for $335 leaving on Christmas Eve morning, returning New years eve.  It seems very early to book a flight but the price also seems reasonable.  Is it too early to book?  Several airlines don't even have flights listed that far out yet.  My wife and I flew in February for about $200 each but that obviously was not Christmas.  Can anyone share what they have paid at Christmas, or any other advice?

 

Thanks.


Welcome to EpicSki!  While it's not too early for booking plane tickets to SLC, Powder Mountain is not usually mentioned that often for Christmas vacation ski trips.  It doesn't get the same snowfall in early season as Alta/Snowbird or Solitude/Brighton.  Definitely does not have anything like the snowmaking capabilities in Park City/Canyons/Deer Valley.

 

Since you are considering PowMow, it is fair to say that the trip is only about skiing?  Meaning it doesn't matter if there isn't anything else to do besides ski all day, then go to bed early in order to repeat the next day.

 

You might pick up some ideas for planning a family ski trip from the midwest here:

http://www.epicski.com/t/129632/tips-for-planning-family-ski-trips-from-flatlands-midwest-se-mid-atlantic-nj-nyc-ct-ri-ontario

 

Some of these Christmas vacation threads mention Utah as a possible destination:

http://www.epicski.com/tag/christmas-vacation

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Powder Mountain is not usually mentioned that often for Christmas vacation ski trips.  It doesn't get the same snowfall in early season as Alta/Snowbird or Solitude/Brighton.  Definitely does not have anything like the snowmaking capabilities in Park City/Canyons/Deer Valley.

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At the risk of being a broken record, you want to stay in Salt Lake with a rental car to be flexible where you ski.  You can buy discount tickets at numerous ski shops the morning you are skiing. 

 

This flexibility is perhaps most important at Christmas when you have to deal with both crowds and early season conditions.  Salt Lake is also a good choice for Christmas because you won't pay jacked up resort lodging prices and with so many ski areas, you can always escape crowds if conditions are good.  And even when only the Cottonwoods have decent snow Solitude is fairly quiet.

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