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Resort Recommendations for Early December

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Hello EpicSki,


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?

Thanks!

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A good source of where the snow is at any particular time is bestsnow.net.

Also, since this very question comes up constantly, I have added tags to the thread for early season. That will pull in related threads. Look to the right in Desktop mode for a tag called early season or in Mobile mode look towards the bottom of the page for related discussions.

It would help to let us know where you live or at least what airport you plan to fly out of.

Normally we tell people who ask about this time period to fly into a central airport, then wait to see where the snow is because lodging is widely available at this time.
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The Armed Forces Vacation Club deals save you significant money at the cost of locking you into a particular destination that may or may not offer a good ski experience in December. It might be a good idea to just book somewhere relatively close to wherever you are and plan on driving there to enjoy a vacation, with or without skiing depending on the weather. If you're going to fly, though, I'd recommend Granby, CO (fly into Denver) or somewhere around Salt Lake (Eden, Park City, or Snowbird have the Space-A deals and would all be decent choices). These spots give you a choice of multiple resorts at different elevations and decent early-season track records within an hour's drive, and with various activities available for non-ski days.

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Hello EpicSki,


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?

Thanks!


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.

post #5 of 8
Most UT resorts are still opening terrain for the season that first halfof December time of year.
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As you can see from Sibhusky thread, this is a typical question with no "right" answer.

 

What I see is to wait as air and lodging is usually cheap pre-18th, and see who's getting the snow, then jump on it. That might seem nerve-wracking (it really isn't), but it's the best way to see where you'll have the best experience.

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I think Northstar California has some of the best early season conditions of any mountain. The reason... snowmaking and weather are superior. Even if it's not snowing, the snowmaking will do its job. Unlike the east, rain isn't usually a worry. Tahoe has had some good and bad snow years, but early season is always quite good at Northstar. If snow is really low, there is always hiking and biking. Though, even in "no snow", there will still be good ski terrain open.

Another option is Killington because of their strong snowmaking. I have also heard that Big Sky generally has good conditions on natural snow most seasons by early December as well.

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Hello EpicSki,


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?

Thanks!

The Keystone/ABasin Epic Pass for around $300/per skier would probably be the best bet for a situation like yours.  The elevation is high enough to keep early season temps low, Vail Resorts will provide plenty of early season snowmaking for your groups preferred groomers the crowds should be moderate since it's a week before the holiday rush. 

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