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Recommendations for a sure snow site for Dec. 16-23?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi,
Are there any snow sure, good skiing sites in the US (Exclude Alaska but Europe is an option) that you know of for the week of December 16 through 23?
For whom? Me and her, a 17 y/o boy and his 12 y/o sister. Skiing level of 5 - 8 .
Thanks.
post #2 of 15
Historically Grand Targhee in Idaho has been very good in December. If you're lucky the other side of the hill (Jackson Hole) might have enough snow, also.
post #3 of 15
As Rio mentions, Targhee seems to have a pretty good record as do the Cottonwood Canyons of Utah which would include the Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird and Alta ski areas.

All of which are a short drive from Salt Lake City.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
And whout the East? None?
post #5 of 15
http://webpages.charter.net/tcrocker818/fam_ski.htm

Whistler would also be on the short list of early season reliability along with Targhee/Jackson and the Cottonwood Canyons. These 3 destinations tend to be most appealing to advanced skiers. Some more intermediate destinations that you might consider (in order of early season reliability) are Mt. Bachelor, Steamboat, Vail and Mammoth.

Coming from as far as Israel I would not recommend anything in the East. An advance planned trip there has at least a 1/3 chance of really awful conditions due to rain, freeze or lack of coverage.
post #6 of 15
We've been to SLC during this mid-December timeframe for the past 3 years w/ good snow every year. The resorts varied between 70% - 100% as to being fully open; even still we'd ski all day with enough of the slopes open that we did not get bored.

We plan to be there again this year Dec 15 - 22 .
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rio
Historically Grand Targhee in Idaho has been very good in December. If you're lucky the other side of the hill (Jackson Hole) might have enough snow, also.
I hate to nit-pik, I really do but GT is in Wyoming not Idaho.

The problem with resorts in the east is that even if they have good snow most resorts won't open up 100% until the holiday crowds arrive which would be the time your heading home.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
I think we’ll avoid taking any risk as far as the snow coverage goes. The "poor" kids will have to miss school in January or February. Do you think they will make it?
I think that a week of skiing with the family in Europe or the US worth a lot more than a week in school.
post #10 of 15
100% RIGHT Mr. Eyal! January is snow-sure in West, and much less crowded than February ('cept for MLK weekend).
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee
The problem with resorts in the east is that even if they have good snow most resorts won't open up 100% until the holiday crowds arrive which would be the time your heading home.
Hi Eyal,

As JH says, New England can be very hit-or-miss in December. Your best bet would be Killington, Vermont. Last year they were 50% open by December 1st due to a cold and snowy November, but only 20% open in mid December due to rain in the first half of the month. Rain between December 1st and January 1st is almost an annual event in New England.

Cheers,

Michael
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Eyal_Shahar
I think that a week of skiing with the family in Europe or the US worth a lot more than a week in school.
I totally agree. Lucky kids you have to have parents that realize that.
post #13 of 15
central colorado, northern colorado, or slc
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

Decisions, decisions…

It looks like we'll need the "Divide and rule" approach here. Tour New England at fall and then ski Europe at winter time. Decisions, decisions…
post #15 of 15
The farther you're traveling to ski, the more $ you're spending and the more you should insist of going at the best time of year. For Europe that means March as analyzed in the other thread. If you need to go in January there's a long list of western North America areas that you could choose.

The considerable rain/freeze risk in New England is present at any time during ski season. I would personally consider that risk too high to be acceptable traveling from as far as you. Going to New England during fall foliage season is a much better idea.
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