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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
: This is obviously a very open question but I am very confused. We have only skied in europe twice but I would class us as ok skiers, we can parrallel turn lets put it that way. But we have a 5 year old that loves to ski with us so we like to stick to simpler runs that are not steep but are nice and long, this is why we want to to come to USA as I have read the slopes are a lot different and dont tend to have the unpredictability that the europe slopes have.

But I am stuck as to where to go. We want to have a special christmas so we are coming on the 16th december (to cut flight costs down a little), but where would anyone recommend to go to be snow sure and give us a christmassy feel, a festive feel. We have looked at Vail, keystone, steamboat, snowmass and winter park, to name a few and these seem to be the best resorts for us, these are what we have narrowed it down to. We need a condo to sleep 6 of us and not too expensive, but not motel style either. HELP!!! Please anyone can recommend any where with a whole heart, please let me know. Oh and mammoth was another on my mind.

Thank you anyone that helps me

Kirsty
post #2 of 16
Not sure where you are from Kirsty but the major thing to bear in mind about a lot (but not all) of the US resorts is that they are not structured the same way as the European resorts ie dont expect to get a US version of a say Austrian ski village with all the ambience of that village,but the benefits of US skiing.

A lot of US skiing is based on the you drive there, park the car, ski the mountain, get back in the car and go home to your condo type of place. Not many (but some) places will have the get off the lift and you are in the middle of a village which has a life independent of skiing type of place.

We skied Mammoth last year and I loved it, but it seemed a pretty soulless place really (which did not bother us at all). You need a car to get about, there is no real village as such (though they are trying to build one) and it is structured with the Southern Californian driver(as opposed to the European pedestrian) in mind....which is no surprise because So Cal is their market.

I have never been there but maybe Aspen or Steamboat (from what I have read) may be what you are looking for.
post #3 of 16
Another point, which may annoy our American friends, is dont rule out Canada. Whistler or Banff may have what you are looking for. Not sure on early snow reliability, but either may have the type of ambience you may be seeking. Whistler is all man made within the last 20-30 years or so and may be a bit Disneyfied for some, but you cant argue against its plus points being great skiing, loads of restauarants, ditto accomodation, convenient to lifts (no car needed). But it can rain....dont expect bluebird days in the village.
post #4 of 16
Check out places like Aspen CO, Vail, Steamboat CO or Park City UT. All offer a lot of sking and off slope activities for the whole family.
post #5 of 16
That early in the season you have to head to places that have a history of consistantly early snowfalls. I would recommend looking at the resorts outside of Salt Lake City. They have a great variety of terrain and character to them & are your surest bet of early season snow in the Rockies.
post #6 of 16
I agree that the primary consideration, if you're looking at mid-December, should be a place with reliable early-season snowfall. The nicest place isn't going to be much fun without coverage, and no matter how much less you paid, it won't seem like a good deal either.
post #7 of 16

Park City

Park City is easy to travel into and out of. Park Citry has the Christmas Spirit, Park City has Three ski areas all with lots of wide smooth groommed runs.

I guess what I am trying to say is that Park City is a safe bet for a Christmas time ski vacation.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by MTT
Park City is easy to travel into and out of. Park Citry has the Christmas Spirit, Park City has Three ski areas all with lots of wide smooth groommed runs.

I guess what I am trying to say is that Park City is a safe bet for a Christmas time ski vacation.
What he said.
post #9 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by MTT
Park City is easy to travel into and out of. Park Citry has the Christmas Spirit, Park City has Three ski areas all with lots of wide smooth groommed runs.

I guess what I am trying to say is that Park City is a safe bet for a Christmas time ski vacation.
I like this one also.Go for this one.Highly recommended.Park City is one of the best indeed.You will never regret it if you choose this place.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

re: i decided and booked!!

I had forgotten I posted this question, but i have done a lot of looking and reading and decided on Steamboat as there seems to be quite a lot going on there other than skiing. We are going to be there on the 18th december and we will be there for 15 nights...oh my god I am so excited. I have never been to USA before and I have not ever been in a plane for that long but i am sure i will cope with a few gin and tonics!!!!!!! Anyway I am relieved I have chosen and I will pray for good snow. Thankyou
post #11 of 16
Good! But, do consider taking a 2-3 hour drive to Vail, or to Winter Park. They are the closest and 15 days at the Boat is a long time.... There's a small other mountain in Steamboat (Howell something), check it out.

Enjoy!
post #12 of 16
I worked in Aspen for ten years, but went to Alta on vacation. I've skied many ski areas, but I always get back to Alta. It has everything.
post #13 of 16

Steamboat

You have chosen wisely. I have gone to Steamboat off and on for ten years. Have skied all over the Western US and have decided to retire in Steamboat in a couple of years. My family and I will be there at the same time you will be (we go every year at this time) you will find Steamboat to be a good choice for early season conditions. You mentioned long easy runs. If you are looking green then try Why Not which was my kids favorite when they were young. If you are looking blue try the Wally World area (upper mountain on the right) where there are long easy blues that will keep you busy for a while. You will be there for awhile and if you look for other activities the snowshoe outing is something that my wife has enjoyed a lot. Lots of other things to do.
PS you do not need a car if your lodging is on the free bus route or your condo has a shuttle.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thankyou WANTOBE, it is really reasurring whe you read something like that. As we are from the UK goin to usa is a big leap, especially for me as i detest flying but will some how cope. I have been looking at images and i am so very excited to be goin. We are staying in the steamboat grand and that looks like a good bet. Not sure if you know it bit I have my fingers crossed. I am very keen on my kids (5, 10 and 13) to experience their first ever white christmas. I am keen to do the horse drawn sleight to the tipee on christmas eve as it sounds good. If you know of any other excursions you would recomend then please let me know. Would be terrible shame to miss out on something whilst we are there. Might just mean we have to go back next year as well!!Thankyou again and see you on the slopes!!! Kirsty
post #15 of 16
miss72ski,

Hope you and your family have a great Christmas in Steamboat! I've not been but definately a place I'd like to visit.
post #16 of 16
Steamboat has one of the better early season track records in North America, quite a bit better than Park City I might add. The Cottonwood Canyons and maybe Powder Mountain are the only areas of Utah that would be as reliable as Steamboat for Christmas. And Steamboat obviously has more of the ambience and terrain that miss72ski wants.
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