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Early December Trip - CO or UT

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All - I have a free week to fit in 5 days on the mountain Dec 4 - Dec 8. Based on my pass, and following travel plans, it bust be in either Utah (Brighton) or Colorado (Winter Park or Copper).

 

Can anyone offer some advice? I'd prefer Utah, as it would be new for me - but I don't want to risk a bad ski week.

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by brad7891 View Post
 

All - I have a free week to fit in 5 days on the mountain Dec 4 - Dec 8. Based on my pass, and following travel plans, it bust be in either Utah (Brighton) or Colorado (Winter Park or Copper).

 

Can anyone offer some advice? I'd prefer Utah, as it would be new for me - but I don't want to risk a bad ski week.

 

Thanks!


Welcome to EpicSki!  Where have you skied in the Rockies?  Do you have to ski on your pass every day?  Or would you be willing to buy a lift ticket elsewhere nearby for one day.

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Do you have the flexibility to decide a week or two before your travel dates?  If not, here are my thoughts.

Brighton does not have many closeby lodging choices, but at that time of the season you should be able to get something because there is not much competition.  See this page for motel type places: http://www.brightonresort.com/stay/lodging/  You could also look at a private house rental.  Just playing the odds, Brighton is one of the best bets in the lower 48 for decent conditions in early Dec.  Although it is not huge, if Brighton were mostly open for your visit I could see enjoying 5 straight days there.  Solitude is one mile away and you could go there one day off your ticket just for variety.

 

Winter Park and Copper are pretty close together (~75 mins) and if you had a rental car you could split your trip between both.  Even if both were only partially open in early Dec the combo would give you interesting variety.  They both have high elevation terrain that might help collect early snow.  Both have plenty of nearby lodging.

 

There can sometimes be distinctly different conditions between UT and CO, so if you could wait until last minute you could pick the one that has the best snow.  Lodging shouldn't be to hard to find in early Dec at either.

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All - I have a free week to fit in 5 days on the mountain Dec 4 - Dec 8. Based on my pass, and following travel plans, it bust be in either Utah (Brighton) or Colorado (Winter Park or Copper).

 

Can anyone offer some advice? I'd prefer Utah, as it would be new for me - but I don't want to risk a bad ski week.

 

Thanks!

Unless you wait to commit until a week or two ahead of time, anywhere entails risk of a bad ski week. But Copper and Brighton are probably two of the best options in the country for minimizing that risk.

 

As Jamesj pointed out, Solitude pairs very well with a Brighton vacation. I'm not familiar with any passes that provide free skiing at the three resorts you listed but not Solitude... if it's one of the MAX Pass products, Solitude is definitely included this year. Whatever pass you have, it's worth a quick double-check whether Solitude is included. Solitude offers more slopeside lodging choices than Brighton.

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 Do you have to ski on your pass every day?  Or would you be willing to buy a lift ticket elsewhere nearby for one day.

 

I'm with @marznc on these questions.  From a CO point of view A Basin and Loveland would give you a couple of other options if not tied to the pass.  I would say there is potential risk for Copper on Dec. 4th for not having a ton of terrain open.  How much?  :dunno

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Dec. 4-8 is really early.  All of the Colorado places mentioned average 25% of less open in early December.  Alta and Brighton are better, averaging 50% but there will be seasons where it's 25% or less.  From Salt Lake you also have the possibility of Grand Targhee 5 hours drive away. 

 

But the bottom line is that no one should commit to a specific location in early December far in advance.  There is a substantial chance you'll just be skiing a few manmade groomers. Why get on an airplane and spend big $$ to do that?  If you can wait last minute to see where the most snow is, then go for it.  Only the airfare might be expensive. Lodging is always available and cheap in ski resorts at that time.  

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Southwest has a pretty good sale going on thru tomorrow. Book one or both and cancel if it doesn't look good.
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October is the time for Southwest Airlines winter sales.  But don't buy anything else. Be ready to walk away and apply the air to a later date if the season does not start well. 

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