Originally Posted by codizer
I come to you with a couple questions. I'm trying to plan a trip for my family and I to go skiing this coming winter. Due to our work and school schedules it appears that our window for skiing is limited to December 10th - January 8th. I'm using the Armed Forces Vacation Club to book lodging since it's ridiculously affordable but their 7 day deals are running from December 10th - December 17th.
I understand that that time frame is very early in the season, but would I still be able to plan a vacation for that time period and still have a quality skiing experience? We're all beginner to intermediate level skiers so we wouldn't require the snowfall that expert level skiers require. What would you recommend for slopes that early in December?
Welcome to EpicSki! Fair to say that there is a good reason that the bargains are available before Dec. 18. Several years ago my daughter and I met and became friends with a family who thought that the week just before Christmas would be a fun time to learn to ski. They used the Armed Forces Vacation Club, driving from Norfolk, VA. However, that particular year there was no skiing at all at Massanutten until Dec. 27. Last season was also a late start, no skiing until Jan. 6.
But I'm guessing you are thinking of bigger mountains than the Mid-Atlantic. Where have you skied before? Driving or flying from what region?
Alta has a Performance Ski Camp scheduled for Dec. 4-8. That's one indication that there will be enough coverage by then even for advanced skiers to work on their skills. Alta is at a high enough altitude that they can be pretty confident of snowstorms in Nov, as well as temps cold enough for snowmaking on the primary groomers top-to-bottom.