|hold on now, I'm going on the advice of Shredhead and he has skied the opening of Aspen Highlands on that weekend for many yrs, plus some time living in Aspen. HE KNOWS! The snow will come.
Aspen averages about half as much snow as Snowbird, plus it's drier and doesn't build a base as well. It's one thing to ski opening weekend as a local and another to spend $$$ and vacation time to fly in from across the country. How many of those opening weekends were Steeplechase and Olympic Bowl open?
|And I still don't understand what skiing in March-May has anything to do with skiing NOW, this month of December. Isn't that like 3 months away from Now?
If you have to allocate your $$$ and/or time to ski, the quality is often better in the spring than it is November/December. And for the typical skier that flies only once or twice a year, it's very hard for me to understand why that should not be in the January to March time frame.
For the person sweating Steamboat, that's a reasonable speculation. Its early track record isn't quite Targhee or the Cottonwood Canyons, but it's the best of the big Colorado resorts.
I have only once in 32 years of skiing gotten on an airplane to go skiing earlier than January 8. And that time was the week before Christmas 1995 in Colorado, booked about 3 weeks ahead after about double normal November snowfall. When we have a slow start here in California, there have been a few seasons where I haven't skied at all until January, but I usually make it up on the other end.