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Colorado Snow in mid-December

post #1 of 5
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What kind of snow conditions should I expect in Aspen, Vail, or Breckenridge the week before Christmas?
Based on the past few years, how has the skiing been in the area?

Thanks for the info.

post #2 of 5
I recomend Winter Park....they get the most snow on average than any other resort in Colorado. But that's just me.
post #3 of 5
I would characterize the last two seasons as having "early snow". Last year was a bad snow year, however, the resorts you mentioned opened on time.

I would not say Winter Park gets the most snow. In fact Copper had a good snow year and that was strange because it's just down the road from keystone which had a lousy year!

Go to Summit county and ski all the area resorts; Keystone, Breck, Copper, A-Basin, Loveland.

Travel a few miles further and enjoy Winter Park, Vail, and even consider a trip up to Steamboat.

If you really want fun come see me at little Eldora. We have great terrain and good snow. Were just across the divide from Winter Park.
post #4 of 5
Of course, you never know! On a "normal" year, all these areas should have good to very good conditions by Christmas. Typically, all but the steepest ungroomed stuff should be getting good. But we haven't had a normal year in a while....

I second Rusty's suggestion of Summit County, for several reasons. (You should know that I work at Copper Mountain, so my opinion MAY be biased--I don't think so).

Summit County is Colorado's highest, so its resorts (Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin) are usually the first to open, and the first to make snow, beginning in the cold nights of October. (Arapahoe, the highest of them all, does not currently make snow, so it often does NOT have the best early season snow.)

If you decide on Breckenridge, you will have a lot of options. All the rest of Summit County is nearby. Vail and Beaver Creek are just a few miles west on the Interstate, and Loveland (another perennial early-opener) is just over the pass to the east. Even Winter Park can be a (longish) day trip from Summit County. So, with the exception of the Aspen areas, all the areas you mentioned are available to you if you go to Summit County.

Wherever you go, let's just hope for a more "normal" season!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #5 of 5
week before christmas should be a good time. may not have everything open, but there should be enough snow and the crowds should be lite enough still, that would be a good time. i've gone at that time + recommend it. less people, good air + lodging deals and chance to get dumped on with a lot of fresh stuff while you are there.
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