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First time poster. Skier and boarder. Have a question I'm hoping some of you can help me with. I'm looking to go skiing during the week following christmas with the fam. There are some in the group that are not skiier and wanted to golf. So, what are my options in colorado, utah, california for skiing and golfing relatively close to one another (No more than 30 mins to either)? We have skiied heavenly and mammoth in the past so thats the level of expertise we would be comfortable skiing. Also interested in other pertanent information like which hills are the least crowded around the holidays, how good is the skiing, and how competitive is the pricing. Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 13

Interesting question.  You're asking for heaven on Earth:o

I once did some informal research on a little more general topic:  where in the US would be the mildest location you could live relatively close, say approximately one hour, from very good skiing.  I posted a thread here on the topic and lower elevation towns east or west of Lake Tahoe region seemed to be the consensus winner.  There were other areas like AZ or NM, but the skiing or weather wasn't as good and/or as close.  A few Tahoe area ski-golf possibilities might be Sugar Bowl/ski - Emigrant Gap/golf, Kirkwood/ski - Jackson/golf, Heavenly/ski - Gardnerville/golf, Mt Rose/ski - Carson City/golf.  You need to search out a few golf courses in the suggested areas and email them for whether they usually have golf at the end of Dec.  If not, then you might have to seriously compromise on the ski quality and look at Bear Mtn, Mt Baldy, Mtn High - Southern CA, Arizona Snowbowl -Sedona, Ski Apache - Ruidoso, AZ, or maybe Ski Santa Fe - Santa Fe.  

 

Old thread on warm weather near good skiing:  http://www.epicski.com/t/73533/warm-weather-near-good-skiing

 

website for average winter temp info:  https://weatherspark.com/averages/31551/1/Santa-Fe-New-Mexico-United-States

Taking a brief look at that site:  of the places I mentioned above the warmest in early Jan seems to be Sedona, which has average high temps in mid-50s at that time.  A little chilly for golf, but maybe in a warm spell it could break 60. AZ Snowbowl can be iffy for skiing at that time. If El Nino really goes great then Mountain High and San Bernardino (avg high 67 in early Jan) then Southern CA may come into play, but it could be really crowded if conditions are well above average during the holidays.

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There used to be an indoor mini golf course on the second floor of a side strip mall in Fraser near Winter Park.  Big plate glass windows on both sides of the space, and huge "No Driving" signs everywhere.

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How about Las Vegas? :D  The golf may be a little better than the skiing but they have a mountain that looks interesting with hike-to terrain available. Does SLC and/or Denver have winter golf available? Best thing about winter golf is "winter rules".

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I think the big concern with most of those high desert locations (Carson City, Las Vegas, Sedona, Salt Lake, Santa Fe, etc.) is that any golf will be "weather-permitting," and late December you have a pretty good likelihood of snow getting in the way.

 

I'd say the one spot that maximizes your chances of both skiing and golfing within 30 minutes is probably the San Bernardino area... quick access to golf both in the LA Basin and in Palm Springs, and there should be skiing available on man-made, at the very least, up at Mountain High and Big Bear. My experience at Mountain High is that the week following Christmas is crowded, but not as crowded as many other weekends, since so many people take the longer vacation as an opportunity to travel farther. I'd think the same probably holds true at the other areas in the region. If there hasn't been snow recently, the SoCal ski crowds shouldn't be too bad; if there has been recent snow, it'll be more crowded, but hopefully that also means there will be more terrain open to handle the crowds. 

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As another poster said, golf is a weather-based, day-to-day proposition in December, but I think Santa Fe may be a good option.  I have spent many weekends skiing Saturday and golfing Sunday from here in Albuquerque.  Indeed, last year I skied a half day at Pajarito and spent the afternoon at Cochiti golf course.  Heaven, indeed. 

post #7 of 13
No more than 30 minutes is pretty unrealistic.
Sometimes its 30min travel just for skiing or just for golf. I think you may want to reset your expectations. Why the 30minutes limit? I think your party members will need to wake up earlier if they want to catch the worm.

Plus, if you're a golf player, you'll rather drive an extra 30minutes to play in 10degree warmer weather. If you're making the effort to plan a trip to do both activities, might as well drive a bit more, rather than a mediocre not fun version of it, even if it's an extra 1hr round trip of driving.

So for tahoe for example and CA western side that I'm ore familiar perhaps needing to reach out to an 1hr or 1.5hr of drive time to get to more pleasurable golf way down to warmer weather.
Putting you down to auburn/roseville on the northern side, or placerville for south lake tahoe.

You will have to consider if you want to base closer to golf or to Skiing. If the skiers need to make the concession, then they have to wake up early to get up to the slopes.
I think your lodging situation will be cheaper in the warmer areas, but it will be very humdrum and not like a ski resort area.
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

No more than 30 minutes is pretty unrealistic.
Sometimes its 30min travel just for skiing or just for golf. I think you may want to reset your expectations. Why the 30minutes limit? I think your party members will need to wake up earlier if they want to catch the worm.

Plus, if you're a golf player, you'll rather drive an extra 30minutes to play in 10degree warmer weather. If you're making the effort to plan a trip to do both activities, might as well drive a bit more, rather than a mediocre not fun version of it, even if it's an extra 1hr round trip of driving.

So for tahoe for example and CA western side that I'm ore familiar perhaps needing to reach out to an 1hr or 1.5hr of drive time to get to more pleasurable golf way down to warmer weather.
Putting you down to auburn/roseville on the northern side, or placerville for south lake tahoe.

You will have to consider if you want to base closer to golf or to Skiing. If the skiers need to make the concession, then they have to wake up early to get up to the slopes.
I think your lodging situation will be cheaper in the warmer areas, but it will be very humdrum and not like a ski resort area.

Yeah, that stipulation makes me wonder if this one-poster is for real. 

 

I'd suggest skiing Brian Head and golfing St. George as a possibility of mixing decent skiing with somewhere that I think has year-round golf, but that's over an hour drive. I guess if you stay somewhere in between, you're about 30 minutes from each.

 

Can't imagine there are a whole lot of other places that fit this bill. Skiing with tropical beaches out the back door, on the other hand ... 

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 Skiing with tropical beaches out the back door, on the other hand ... 

Are you kidding Joe?  Tell me more.

 

I was surprised San Bernardino has avg temp of 67 in Jan.  Definitely the winner in my small sampling, but those SoCal mtns would represent quite a compromise for the skiers in the group.  What makes this particularly hard is the late Dec/early Jan time frame of OP's trip.  If we were talking March - May there would be many more interesting and viable choices. 

post #10 of 13
You'd have much better conditions for both, in the spring.
Stay in Glenwood Springs. Sunlight is 11 miles up valley and Lakota Canyon is 12 miles down, in the banana belt.
post #11 of 13

Well ....

 

Ya could go jeep skiing on the big island in Hawaii to get your tropical beach ski fix. My experience has been that the ski/golf mix has been better at the end of the season. I've golfed at Bishop during a Mammoth trip and also golfed relatively close to Taos, but not within 30 minutes. I've golfed and skied at both the beginning and tail ends of the season near my home (at Whitetail) where the golf is 2 miles from the skiing, but that isn't big mountain skiing. The only big mountain skiing I've done that was within 30 minutes of golf at the same time was Utah. Old Mill is basically at the base of the Cottonwood canyons. In late Dec/Jan you could get snowed out trying to golf anywhere in Salt Lake, but if you stayed in Midvale there are a few more course options excluding Wingpointe at the airport (which closed forever on 11/15/2015).  Look at Glendale, Meadowbrook, Murray Park as a few other options in the city. Mountain Dell is on the way to Park City but my guess is that they will be closed for the winter like the other course closers to PC (might want to call and double check).

post #12 of 13

Stay in Carson City, NV and then you can pick from a couple of golf courses and skiing the Tahoe area.  Golfing in Dayton is probably a safe bet.  Wind might be the only pia.

post #13 of 13

I did the Dayton course last winter.  Not a bad course, and the 19th hole was very pleasant.  I got confused as to the location of the 9th green and went for the 18th instead.  Ball sleeps with the fishes.  I stayed in Incline Village, so well past the 30 minute limit.  Still, that would be a good recommendation.

 

Ski Utah is pretty obvious too.  Do Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon and then the Old Mill course at the base of the mountains.

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