While many ski resorts typically aren’t ready for guests to hit the slopes before the holidays, a few hidden gems around the world are open for riders looking for an early start to the season. But, knowing where to travel on your ski trip in December isn’t easy.
So, we’ve done the hard work for you. With hundreds of ski resorts to explore, these are the destinations you need to visit on your ski and snowboard trip in December.
Just a short drive from Salt Lake City, Alta was one of the first ski areas to open in the U.S. and now features 3,000 skiable acres. With a pattern of winter storms sitting over the resort dumping feet of dry powder, Alta is a top spot for your ski trip in December. Alta also offers a number of different accommodations including 5 different lodges, condos, and a number of chalets, most commonly found in the Swiss Alps.
Nestled in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Grand Targhee Mountain Resort flourishes during winter with incredibly consistent snowfall. And, December is no exception. Known for its beauty and western-hospitality, Grand Targhee also maintains relatively quiet slopes with few crowds and an absence of lift lines.
The snow at Lake Louise is outmatched only by the stunning alpine views of Canada. With epic early season powder and relatively uncrowded slopes, Lake Louise is the ideal match for beginning skiers and experts on their ski trip in December. The resort is conveniently located near the town of Banff, too, for added fun off the slopes.
Spread across the peaks of Dercum Mountain, North Peak, and the Outback, Keystone features an incredible 128 trails that combine for 3,148 skiable acres. Early season storms and artificial snowmaking ensure favorable conditions as early as December, occasionally November or October. You can also enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowcat tours, and ice-skating for endless fun off the slopes on your ski trip in December.
Whistler Blackcomb is highly regarded as the No. 1 ski destination in all of Canada. It’s the largest ski resort in the continent with 200 runs over some 8,000 acres. It also boasts an extended season from December, occasionally earlier, to May in which the area averages almost 40 feet of snow. The nearby village offers pedestrian-only streets lined with restaurants, shops, bars, and more, to round out your ski trip to Canada.
As a company of active skiers, we have experienced the hassles of traveling with your gear and understand how important these items are to you. Our team is available 7 days a week ready to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.