I agree with poster #2, but there are some strategies that can make a HUGE difference in you xmas week:
Based on bookings, here are potentially the busiest days that week. Note that weather plays a role, as inclement weather tends to suppress crowds (somewhat)
- 24th, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th, 31st & 1st.
So now use that info with a few more tidbits and you can end up with a pretty pleasant experience.
- Save Deer Valley for the busiest days of all, as they limit tickets sales (you will pay for the privilege, tough). It is also excellent for a powder day, as the fur crowd doesn't like ungroomed terrain (head for Ontario and Empire Canyon areas).
- Avoid Alta & Snowbird on a powder day (leave to those of us who know what we are doing
). They will be crowded and skied out before you figure out where to go. Instead, go to Solitude or Brighton. They get the same good snow, but have a far less amped out vibe and you will actually get untracked far later into the day.
- The Canyons can be a good alternative to Solitude or Brighton on a powder day, if its a cold storm (lower elevation snow can get sloppy during warm storms).
- PCMR can be good even on the most crowded days if you know how to get around the crowds, as it is a huge mountain with tons of high capacity lifts. Avoid Payday/Bonanza in the AM to get up the mountain. Go to Eagle/Con instead. Head back down to the lower part of the mountain after the AM crowd has gone up. Head to Jupiter & McConkeys at any time, since they never get crowded.
- Go to Snowbasin and Powder Mt. Although they get more discovered every year, they are still far less crowded than the LCC/PC resorts.
- Go to Sundance. You have to enjoy funky small, but well done resorts to like it there, but it can be a fun diversion for a day. The weather has to be cold since Sundance sits at the lowest elevation of all the Utah resorts.
- Save Snowbird for a day with traditionally less crowding (Xmas day or Sunday).
- Do the same with Alta.