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mid-Dec trip...Tahoe, Mammoth or SLC?

Hey y'all

We have a chance to take a few day trip out West next month. Which resort would be best for snowboarding mid-December? I'll be flying from the East Coast.

Tahoe, Mammoth or Salt Lake?

Danke!

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Can't speak to Mammoth or SLC, but one thing I do know is that we haven't had much luck at Tahoe in December. They don't really seem to crank until later in the season -- Mid-January, February is even better. However, it varies a lot if you have the option of last-minute travel.
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I'll be going to Tahoe the last two weeks of December. I'm excited, but I went 2 years ago and all they had was 18 inches of man-made snow on a small fraction of their trails (at Heavenly) during that time of the year.

I convinced my family to do a snow vacation but they ended up picking an area with no early season snow!
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True that about Tahoe. I didn't go up in December last year, and it was a little shaky into Jan.

Never been to SLC, but I imagine it's easier to get to than Mammoth - so I would guess that's a good option IF the weather is right. I've read that SLC can get walloped in the early season, but its not a guarantee.

Mammoth is probably the closest you get to a guarantee. They open tomorrow. There's been years where they've opened mid October.

Mammoth is beast. I would have skipped Tahoe last season and gone to Mammoth every weekend if it wasn't such a pain to get to. I was working and had a long term rental rather than my own car - so it was easier to roll the dice on chain controls in Tahoe than catch a ride to Mammoth. If you are cool with the fact that its a haul from anywhere, Mammoth would prolly be your best snow bet.
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Hey y'all

We have a chance to take a few day trip out West next month. Which resort would be best for snowboarding mid-December? I'll be flying from the East Coast.

Tahoe, Mammoth or Salt Lake?

Danke!
You should go to Jackson Hole. They reported 50in in the last few days. If its between those three....SLC. All of those coastal areas struggle to get going early season unless........we have El Nino!
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Yep, the interior mountain states are the spots to go to. Utah has been getting good early season snow, much like Colorado. Right now, if you are sticking to your list I'd go with Salt Lake.
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Last year was quite a season in Tahoe. They got a pounding of snow in December and then the faucets just turned-off the rest of the year. Generally they do not get the snowfall until later in the season. PNW, JH, or SLC is where you would want to look at, right now. However, the weather patterns do shift and you could get skunked for fresh. But a base is better than nothing.

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I'll be going to Tahoe the last two weeks of December. I'm excited, but I went 2 years ago and all they had was 18 inches of man-made snow on a small fraction of their trails (at Heavenly) during that time of the year.

I convinced my family to do a snow vacation but they ended up picking an area with no early season snow!
Yeah two years ago we basically had nothing till the end of February and it dumped the whole month of march. It seems the last couple seasons we have been getting a lot of our snow later ok the season, and early season has been fairly dry.
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