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I am traveling from the East coast to the West coast in December. Any suggestions where to go?

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Tahoe! 

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I am traveling from the East coast to the West coast in December. Any suggestions where to go?

 

....back to the East coast..... (I kid)

 

Canada or US?

 

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Grand Targhee

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The West COAST, or just the West?  It's many hundreds of miles from the coast to Grand Targhee, etc. Most people from the East mean California when they say West Coast, but skiers are a little different. 

 

In December you'd better wait until the last minute no matter where you go.

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yeah i am thinking like tahoe, cali, utah, colorado, that type of west, preferrably United States only because i have relatives and friends in all these states. Dont really know anyone who lives in Canada although, my aunt lives in Wanatchee, WA if anyone knows of a mtn close to there in Canada that is awesome let me know. Thanks everyone for your responses

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Same advice as always for that early: Wait until mid-November to see where the snow is before committing.

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yeamy aunt lives in Wanatchee, WA if anyone knows of a mtn close to there in Canada that is awesome let me know.

Well, you could go north to Big White or Silver Star in B.C., but neither would be a good bet for December.  However, within a fairly short drive of Wenatchee is Stevens Pass which very well might have some good snow in December.  It has great terrain and would be one of the better bets for that time of year.
 

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If you have to pick now, of the states you named, your odds are best in Utah and Colorado. I'd say Summit County.

 

But seriously ... Grand Targhee, if that fits travel plans and if you have to pick now.

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Some years the really steep runs don't open until late Dec. or early Jan. In western Canada, Sun Peaks is a good early season bet. It is the closest to the coast of all interior B.C. ski mountains. Sun peaks has some snow making which guarantees a late November US Thanksgiving opening. Even more important is the fact that for several summers SP has had a summer grooming program picking rocks, pulling stumps, planting grass. So when other resorts are waiting for the snow to cover the stumps and debris, Sun peaks is usually opening runs.

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Early December or late?

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Jackson hole!    or jst watch the weather to see who is getting snow. thats what I would do.

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 or jst watch the weather to see who is getting snow. thats what I would do.


So true.....who REALLY knows where the white stuff will be this season....especially in December.

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So first of all - yes - if you can wait till then and pick at the last minute, your odds of a good experience are a lot higher.

 

But beyond that, there are some places that are almost guaranteed to have good snow in December and some where it's much more of a roll of the dice.

 

Grand Targhee gets 500+ inches a year. Most Decembers, it gets over 100 inches. The lightest December total recently was I believe 78 inches. The terrain is also not as intense as, say, Jackson Hole, which means it takes less snow to cover it well.

 

It's also about 40 minutes by car from Jackson Hole, so in the likely event that there's plenty of snow at both places, you'll have your choice every day (albeit a hassle to drive to whichever one you're not staying at ... totally doable)

 

Summit County has tons of options and substantial snowmaking capability. It's not as good a bet as Grand Targhee in terms of having a whole mountain available, but it's a very safe bet in terms of having a substantial number of runs available. There are other places like this as well.

 

But yes - absolutely if you can wait until right before you go, do that instead.

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Wolf Creek is usually a pretty good bet and like others have said Summit county is always a good option. They will be guaranteed to have stuff open although the more advance terrain will still be a roll of the dice 

 

Edit: If you are planning on hitting up multiple ski resorts wolf creek would set you up well to continue travel on to Salt lake City

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