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Old 10-10-2011, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need to book a trip now for around the 14th of december, I have a free flight and free car so I need to go then and I need to land in Denver.

What resort would probably have the most snow by then? I will have a car, so even if I booked lodging in breck or keystone, I could always drive to vail or beaver every morning.

I guess I am just wondering what resort typical has more snow around that time.
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Typically Wolf Creek is the winner. Silverton usually does good. Steamboat can have a good amount by then. Monarch is another spot that might have a decent amount of snow. The Summit County/Front Range spots are all pretty much about the same. Copper, Loveland, Winterpark, Breck, Vail, A-Basin are generally around the same conditions wise. If one of them is good, the others are probably good. If one sucks, the others probably suck. The lone exception is Keystone. It pretty much always sucks at that time of year. Their snowfall doesn't really amount to much until lake Dillon freezes over. The theory is that the warm air coming up off the lake acts like a deflector shield and sends storms around Keystone. Seems to be some truth to it. While other places get a foot of snow, Keystone will be lucky to get four inches.

Generally speaking December is pretty early, but it varies year from year. By December 17th last year we had pretty amazing conditions. In fact, the best day I had conditions wise last year was on December 18th on Vail Pass. Chest deep powder no joke.


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Old 10-10-2011, 08:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks! I think I am going to take my chances with steamboat. The flights are a mess to get to durango then drive to wolf creek. Steamboat seems like a much easier option.
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i hope you get lucky with steamboat. that time last year they only had 70% open and not much of a base.
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Well...I haven't booked it yet. Can still go to the summit valley resorts. The issue is I have to book it by Friday or else I won't get the deal. Does steamboat usually get snow earlier than the summit valley hills? Any site to look at history of resorts?
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Well...I haven't booked it yet. Can still go to the summit valley resorts. The issue is I have to book it by Friday or else I won't get the deal. Does steamboat usually get snow earlier than the summit valley hills? Any site to look at history of resorts?
onthesnow can give history i think if you sign up or pay. summit usually gets snow before steamboat if not always. i like steamboat but i have never been there before january. ive been there for a total of 15 days over 3 years. 12 in the past 2 years.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah after looking at the onthesnow reports it seems like summit valley is a much safer bet right now. Going to book a place in keystone just because I can get a really cheap place in river run. But since I have a car I could hit any of the mountains.

Thanks for the help guys.
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you got it. abasin might have decent snow and loveland should also.
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any idea how the peak 9 bowls in breck usually do during that same timeframe?
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You might want to think about the loveland 4pack. I'm not sure how long you're going, but that could do well for you.
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