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Recommendations for Xmas week ski trip

post #1 of 15
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My husband and I have been a ski vacation every Christmas week for the last few years. We usually go to Tahoe, where the snow may or may not be great at that time. It can be crowded depending on what resort you go to. I prefer places that are not too crowded if possible.

We've spent so much time in Tahoe (because it's closer than anywhere else and we love it) but I would like to arrange a trip somewhere else that my husband can enjoy with me. Xmas week is the easiest time for us both to get away. Any recommendations for semi-reliable snow/not so many crowds/affordable lodging, etc.

Colorado would seem like a reasonable choice as I will definitely have an epic pass (and husband will get one if we decide to go there).

However, he has been to Jackson Hole several times (I haven't) and he loves it!! Says its less expensive, great dependable snow, etc. etc. but the best time to go is late January.

So, looking for overall recommendations for Xmas week next year (can you tell I'm going through skiing withdrawal??) and also info about Jackson Hole Xmas week as other times are dicey for scheduling w/out question.
post #2 of 15
Somewhere on this site you can get some really good early/late season snow info for the entire country if you do a search on the name Tony Crocker.
A close option for you might be Mammoth. Good bets for moderate crowds and snow at Christmas: Mt Bachelor, Targhee/Jackson, Mt Baker, Solitude. If you already plan to get an Epic Pass for the Vail resorts then a Colorado ski buffet may be hard to resist. Often by Christmas that region is in pretty good shape and I guess Beaver Creek is the one known for lesser crowds, although all will be very busy.
post #3 of 15
I would avoid Breck at Christmas. It is a zoo. Very crowded in town and expensive housing. There are probably better options for that time of year.
post #4 of 15
All of the Epic pass resorts will be crowded at Christmas. Even the Beav's going to see a lot more traffic next year. Crested Butte, Telluride, Steamboat and Aspen will all be much less crowded. But Christmas is expensive!

Jackson/Grand Targhee would be ok, but I would think some of the more remote areas in British Columbia would be even less crowded.
post #5 of 15
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All of the Epic pass resorts will be crowded at Christmas. Even the Beav's going to see a lot more traffic next year. Crested Butte, Telluride, Steamboat and Aspen will all be much less crowded. But Christmas is expensive!

Jackson/Grand Targhee would be ok, but I would think some of the more remote areas in British Columbia would be even less crowded.
X-mass will probably be somewhat of a zoo anywhere.

having said that, My wife and have been to SLC twice from 12/18- 12/25.

The skking was good but not spectaular...at that time of a year it is somewhat of a crap shoot.

If you go to SLC Solitude is a very fun place with somewhat less than a zoo like atmosphere.

Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood will be far better than Park City / Deer Valley
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for responses!!! Looks like some very good info. Agreed, it will probably be a zoo no matter where you go Xmas (it is at Tahoe..so I guess we're used to it....and who knows how the snow will be ?).

I think the husband REALLY wants to go to Jackson Hole in January so why say no to that if it can work w/both schedules (that's the tricky part).

As for Xmas, we may use the epic pass for Heavenly or Colorado or our usual stomping grounds, North Tahoe (I love it there anyway!).

My husband's suggestion for Xmas -- we could stay home (internally there was a loud voice screaming "WHAT A HORRIBLE IDEA--not ski??? Who cares what the snow is like or how many people there are...if its a question of skiing or not skiing").

Next question -- how to use subliminal messages to convince your spouse/so that he/she actually LIVES TO SKI!!!!!!!!
post #7 of 15
If there are not kids in school involved, I do have to question the wisdom of skiing Christmas week, given the major downsides in cost, crowds and snow reliability. Your husband's suggestion to go to Jackson Hole in January is excellent.

Jackson has an inefficient lift system that does not handle crowds well IMHO. The mountain always has plenty of elbow room in terms of skier denmsity but I wouild anticipate significant lines during Christmas week.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks much!

Thanks again for all of the responses! I really appreciate them!!!!

It is more expensive to ski Xmas week....the issue is being able to get away. But I understand all of the points very well about crowds and costs!! There are no kids but schedules are miserable to coordinate...especially, for me, during the major part of ski season (Jan-April).........obviously a change in careers of some kind would be handy to support my ski addiction in the manner to which I would like to become accustomed!!!!
post #9 of 15
Aspen. It's going to be a zoo anywhere, so embrace it. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. I've been there the week before Christmas, and the snow was amazing.
post #10 of 15
You might want to check out Big Sky. We ski there every Christmas and it's Wonderful. Not much for crowds or lift lines.
post #11 of 15
In general the suggestion to go to a remote resort so you at least avoid local holiday crowds is a good one. Unfortunately you also have to realize that late December is early in terms of snow coverage, and only areas with strong early season snowfall history should be considered if you're interested in steep natural terrain. Historically Aspen and Big Sky do not stack up well in this regard, despite what I'm sure was an excellent holiday for both this past season.

So the intersection of (remote location, manageable crowds) and (strong early season snow record) is a short one. I analyzed both issues in this article http://web.archive.org/web/200605270...328638,00.html
post #12 of 15
Snowbird had absolutey no people there this year till abou Feburary 10th, the start of the season was uncrowded as they come.

some expcert from the end of december from my dairy of sorts

"Most snow overnight overnight I have ever seen. Early trams runs rocked. and my students cassidy(muffin) and taylor lover the powder."
"My blue-black level Adventure teams learned how to ski powder on baby thunder yet another good day. Big storm christmas eve."
"Skied the bird today with dan, nice mellow day with still tons of powder face shots."

Christmas day
"Black level teens kicked butt today 11inch of snow its was awesome. more snow tomorrow."

December 30th
"Gad 2 was money today again, no bad skiing to be had all great skiing. I cant believe I am getting paid to do this. Took some pictures today as well."





noone there and awesome powder skiiing all week, the fact I got paid to make most of those turns is freaking awesome. You will not get skunked if you go to the cottonwood canyons in utah.
post #13 of 15
Salt Lake is indeed a good choice for Christmas week.

1) Presumably city lodging prices will not be jacked up like Park City or other resort towns, and you may not even have to reserve that far ahead.
2) Even if Alta/Snowbird are crowded, you always have places like Solitude, Snowbasin and Powder Mt. that won't be.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Wow, you people are amazingly helpful!! I decided to check this thread again and was amazed to find yet more helpful responses! Mr. Ski Spirit and I have been to Park City and Deer Vally but not to other resorts and that could be a very nice alternative if affordable!!!!!!
post #15 of 15

Christmas in Heaven(ly)

Ski Spirit, since I'm taking a first trip to Tahoe this Christmas, maybe you could give me some pointers. We are staying very near the California Lodge on Saddle Road.

We have a family of first-timers, a green second-trip family, and us blues multi-year-once-a-year family. My initial review of the mountain is confusing.

Whatever on-mountain and off-mountain tips you can provide will be appreciated.
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