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Recommendations to experience a White Christmas?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
A colleague here in Oz wants to take the family to experience a white christmas. Most of them ski a bit, but the mother does not, and I think they want a sort-of "rounded" type of venue. He mentioned Boston... I was iffey about the chances of snow at Christmas though.

I thought of Jackson Hole (due to the amazing town), Steamboat and Park City. But was a bit concerned that they might be overly ski-orientated.

But if you were wanting to recommend a place that would very likely be snowy and white for Christmas, and be a place that was just pretty and nice to be in, for non-skiiers, what springs to mind?!

I think the US, Canada and Europe are all on the cards. Anyone know if Davos is habitually snow covered at Christmas time?
post #2 of 25
Sounds like you want ambiance as much as skiing. In that case, I'd take Austria every time.
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
yeah, I think the sub-text was ambience...
He wondered about Tyrol.
post #4 of 25
This White-Christmas probability map only covers the U.S.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/homeandgarden/holidays/
It looks like Duluth and Fargo should be right up there along with Jackson and some Colorado mountain towns
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
That is an awesome map link! Thanks, I'll definitely pass it on, although it kind-of confirms my initial recommendations, too. Duluth... international christmas destination.
post #6 of 25
If initial thoughts included Boston, I think Vancouver would likely fit his trip needs. ...Being from Oz, the damp snow and coastal influences on the snow shouldn't be much of a factor for them.

........Plenty of options in the surrounding area for activities too numerous to mention!
post #7 of 25
Ant:

Lake Tahoe

MTT
post #8 of 25
only cross country skiing, but Moscow and St. Petersburg are sure bets! And plenty of touristy stuff to do.
post #9 of 25
I'd scratch Boston, too iffy.

I'd be thinking more along the lines of Europe.
post #10 of 25
if you've got the bucks, think Aspen
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
You lot all think the same as me! When first talking to this person, I came up with Tahoe (pretty-as and not too cold), and Aspen. Not sure about Vancouver, I've been there in early winter and it's dark, damp and snow-free. Not one of my favourite towns. Hmmm. I wonder if Kimberley do a nice kitsch Christmas?! St Petersburg would be kind-of pretty...
post #12 of 25
ant, drop over the snowHeads (if you haven't already) and talk with D G Orf about Wengen (http://uk.geocities.com/david.orf@bt...au_Pages.html).
post #13 of 25
Alta. Your best bet is Switzerland is either Andermatt or Zermatt
post #14 of 25
The comment should has said the "Vancouver area".

There is a bit of reasoning that goes with the suggestion, and it ties in to the comment on Vancouver itself being 'dark, damp and snow-free'. ..There are several mountain areas in proximity to choose for the snow season experience, with metropolitan Vancouver(sans Boston) nearby should the 'winter' experience wear thin with some members of the group.

....One thing I have learned with winter vacations over the years, is that avid skiers are terrible group planners, and are seldom willing to plan in a few compromises for the sake of the 'non' skiers or 'occasional' skiers in the group.

The Tahoe suggestion is excellent, and I see the Reno-Tahoe options in the same niche, with better options for skiing if the weather cooperates.



European ambiance would seem to reign supreme in a heads up competition, but there aren't options with close snow-free proximity for the contrast a Boston type request implies.



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post #15 of 25
What is there to do in Tahoe in December besides ski or gamble?
post #16 of 25
I think the Question about Tahoe would be

What cant I do @ Tahoe during Christmas that I could do somewhere else?

Personally I think the West side of Tahoe is a very nice, quite, picturesque, snow-covered place to share Christmas with family, and close friends.

I would look for a rental home in the Meeks Bay / Tahoma / Homewood / Sunnyside area.

MTT
post #17 of 25
If you're looking to wake up on Christmas morning with fresh snow on the ground and sleigh bells tinkling, don't pick Vancouver. There's a great chance it'll be raining. I would stay away from North America's Pacific coast.

If you want a truly amazing Christmas experience in the snow and don't need to be at a ski area try Yellowstone National Park. Stay at Old Faithful Lodge. It is magical. There is no Alpine skiing, but the cross country is amazing. My family did it once in the 80's and I'll never forget it. The wildlife is rampant (buffalo, elk) and the thermal action is such that the steam creates incredible natural ice sculptures. Old Faithful looks four times as big when it shoots off in the cold.

You would need to book a seat on a snow cat to take you in to the lodge since they don't plow the roads. It is many miles and there is much to see. It is a perfect destination for Christmas.
post #18 of 25

A new and Refreshing idea

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Originally Posted by pheft
If you want a truly amazing Christmas experience in the snow and don't need to be at a ski area try Yellowstone National Park. Stay at Old Faithful Lodge. It is magical. There is no Alpine skiing, but the cross country is amazing. My family did it once in the 80's and I'll never forget it. The wildlife is rampant (buffalo, elk) and the thermal action is such that the steam creates incredible natural ice sculptures. Old Faithful looks four times as big when it shoots off in the cold.

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This is one that I have not heard of. I was not aware they were even open in winter (Christmas)
Do you stay in a lodge with other guests? or is a private cabin situation?

MTT
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
Interesting! I'll investigate that. Very different from Boston, but they could have it as a feature of their "white christmas" and then do Boston or Seattle or somewhere for their "activities". Thanks!
post #20 of 25
I hear Keystone CO. is very cool at Christmas. The village, ice skating, snow etc.
post #21 of 25
For Yellowstone you stay in the Old Faithful Lodge which is a huge, old fasioned lodge-style structure with hotel-style rooms. It's used all year round. It is a BEAUTIFUL building with a rich history. When I visited in the early 80's they were remodeling the building (just the infrasturcture, not changing the way it looked) so I didn't get to stay there. We stayed in the summer employees' quarters which were just fine, but not the regal, spacious and gracious digs of the Lodge. I've always wanted to go back to visit in the winter again. It beats summer hands down.

Also, if you want to ski later, Jackson Hole is just down the road a fairly short piece.
post #22 of 25
i would go either breckenridge or beaver creek. breckenridge always looks to me what christmas should look like. main st. is decorated, all the shops are decked out for the holidays with snow on all the rooftops. i'd go there over tahoe as gambling +christmas dont match well for me.
beaver creek and their village looks great during christmas also, but may be limited to the village and skiing.
i'd check em out online. for instance, beaver creek has nightly sliegh rides. if that isnt on the christmas daily agenda; i dont know what is.
post #23 of 25
Not to mention all the lights in Breck. Very festive...
post #24 of 25
"A colleague here in Oz wants to take the family to experience a white christmas. Most of them ski a bit, but the mother does not, and I think they want a sort-of "rounded" type of venue."

With a 24 hr trip from Oz, and the near certainty that this family lives in a low lying area, altitude is probably going to be a factor. There are NO low level ski area bases in Colorado, so unless they want to 'spin' the risk wheel, they would be well advised to pass on these high altitude experiences. It seems more sensible to send them options like Salt Lake City, Reno-Tahoe, Stowe, Banff, and the like; where overnighting will be near or below that magical 6000ft. level. Experienced skiers often find the altitude risk worth the reward, but non skiers and children seldom sympathize with actions that cause them undue stress and strain while on vacation. ...Beyond that, it likely comes down to personal preference,,,,, and a lot of luck linked to Mother Nature!
post #25 of 25
Wengen would be a good bet. (Switzerland)
Lillehammer (Norway)
Val d'Isere (France) - but this could be kinda rowdy.
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