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Best Snow out West week before Christmas?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thinking of a trip to anywhere in the west for week before Christmas. Level 7-8, but rest of family are advance beginners.

Any ideas where traditionally there is the best snow this time of year, where majority (if not all) runs will be open?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 14
Whistler.  Everything is open, at least on the upper mountain.  They're advertising great deals for lodging and tickets right now because people are afraid of getting near the Olympics, which won't be an issue in December.  They've been buried in snow and are operating like it's well into January.
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

Whistler.  Everything is open, at least on the upper mountain.  They're advertising great deals for lodging and tickets right now because people are afraid of getting near the Olympics, which won't be an issue in December.  They've been buried in snow and are operating like it's well into January.
Well standby on that prediction. It was raining yesterday, and I took the day off today as it's pouring right now, with only 5cm expected for the rest of the week..

We were reading the reports about Tahoe and California yesterday being VERY jealous. The good news is that the current coverage is fantastic - even the trees are skiable.

Best to hold off for a week or two and see how the weather patterns unfold.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
What about Jackson Hole vs Snowbird/Alta as far as snow goes, the week leading into Christmas?
post #5 of 14
Tahoe.  Lots of mountains to choose from. The concentration of ski resorts in a small area can't be beat.  Nice towns to visit.  Great views. Lots to do. Oh yeah, plus there is plenty of snow there right now.
post #6 of 14
Jackson Hole is a great place to ski, but Bird/Alta is always the best "bet" for snow, always, anytime, and arguably just happens to have the best expert terrain, anywhere IMHO, esp Snowbird.
post #7 of 14
I'll be biased because I've been skiing it, but Big Sky is sitting good with snow right now, over 1,110 acres open with Tram to Lone Peak for Liberty Bowl for December 1st. Had more snow today, only getting better 'til Christmas week.


  Thanksgiving Day, Challenger 2009
post #8 of 14
What are you guys talking about. I live in Sacramento (exactly 100 miles from Heavenly's parking lot) and pretty much every resort in Tahoe is operating with man made snow AS OF RIGHT NOW. We have maybe 2 feet season total so far but it melts a few days after it falls. Dont be fooled by websites claiming huge amounts of snow it is minimal so far. I was up at Heavenly on opening day, they got a foot the night before so i was actually skiing real snow, but they still only had 2 runs open and probably wont open much more till they get a couple more storms.

However it is supposed to be off and on all next week, I figure 5 days of snow showers will do some damage to the dirt. So by Christmas everyone should be completely open.

But Whistler has something like 6 feet of snow right now, I would love to be up there. If you have a chance at that id go for it.
post #9 of 14
I'm with Hellcat.

I watch Tahoe and Breckenridge's weather daily and Tahoe hadn't gotten squat. CO and UT are okay, but nothing worth booking a trip on yet.

I'd go with whistler also. They have gotten hammered. If you can't make Whistler, check out places in the PNW(Oregon, Wash St.) They seeme to have gotten the best
post #10 of 14

Check out Steamboat. That week before Christmas has been very good and they open up most of terrain that week.  Snow's coming in later this week/earlier next

post #11 of 14

There are a lot of things that will be more important to those beginners than snow cover. Almost everywhere will make enough snow for them to ski. It's all the off slopes stuff that will "make their day".

post #12 of 14
Well if your looking for OFF SLOPES stuff. I would recommend South Lake Tahoe 100%. Great food, nighlife, atmosphere. It's like a ski town mixed with big city fun. That would mean skiing at Heavenly, the only resort in South Lake. Also, the Gondola right there in the middle of town is uber convenient for getting up to 9000 feet fast.

Another thing is you can fly into Reno and most hotels in SL will have a shuttle that will pick you up at the airport.

And guess what. The jet stream finally moved down and there is a fat storm coming in next week. Its going to snow for 4 days. So im pretty sure we will be good for Christmas.
post #13 of 14
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Another thing is you can fly into Reno and most hotels in SL will have a shuttle that will pick you up at the airport.

 

Tagging onto that: http://www.southtahoeexpress.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.default - shuttle that goes to south lake hourly for about $50 roundtrip. I always keep that in mind when going to SLT in full on winter. US50 is a lot better when youre combatting snow and ice on a full size bus.

But we're forecasted to get more snow in HOUSTON today than south lake.

SNOW,  HOUSTON !

WTH - Ullr ?
post #14 of 14
Big Sky for ski in ski out or Bridger Bowl if ski in ski out is not a priority. Bridger has all groomed runs open (great coverage, no rocks), and this weekend we are expecting another good dump from the north. Big Sky is skiing well too, with Andesite mountain still closed the last time I was there.

These two areas have the best conditions in the west I'm hearing, and it is natural snow for the most part. It is staying cold into Christmas so the conditions should only get better as it keeps snowing. Don't let the 30" reported base fool you into thinking there is not much snow on the ground. Both Bridger Bowl and Big Sky are skiing very well right now with a very solid natural base. I skied areas last weekend at both places that I usually don't ski early season and had a great time in great snow and hit nothing.
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