I will be visiting the US Southwest (Phoenix-Flagstaff) from overseas in Nov 20 - Dec 15 period with 3 friends and we would like to open the 2015/2016 ski season in the US.
We are all intermediate skiers, not really advanced, but not beginners either. We ski groomers mainly.
Specifically we plan a ski trip for the 1st week of Dec 2015.
I've researched early opening resorts and it seems that the most likely choice is Alta/Snowbird, UT.
I understand that early season brings risks of limited snow, and I would like to inquire which parts of Alta/Snowbird are normally open at this time of the year?
Are there other options (I mean other ski areas) that would be good for intermediates skiing on groomers in early December in UT or NM.