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Planning December 2013 trip-what are the chances of snow?

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Planning December 2013 trip-what are the chances of snow?

Traveling to DV for the first time with my family. Seeing snow is a MUST for the kids. I would appreciate any feedback if traveling to DV in December would be a good idea.

Thanks so much.

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1. Re: Planning December 2013 trip-what are the chances of snow?

Chances are exactly 78.97% that you will see snow.

Actually, I have no idea. But past snowfall data suggests you will probably see snow. "Normal" snowfall in DV in November is 29 inches, and December is 44 inches:

http://www.utah.com/ski/snowfall.htm

But you never know... there are no guarantees...

Park City, Utah
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2. Re: Planning December 2013 trip-what are the chances of snow?

The later the better. Best move is going to DV which is always the most consistent at opening - mainly because they open the latest and put all their energy into preparing for a set opening date rather than trying to open early. But even in best case scenario, you will never have full operation. But you will more than likely have a great experience still. But come knowing that it's not mid-winter.

Have fun.

Charlotte, North...
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3. Re: Planning December 2013 trip-what are the chances of snow?

If you can wait until later in January or February your chances of seeing snow will be much better. It will snow in December, but will it be while you are in town? In December you should see snow, but the the resorts will most likely not be fully operational, meaning all the runs at the resorts won't be open. Are you planning to ski or just want to see snow? Of course if you can only go in December, make the best of it! Google "historical snowfall in Park City" and make a decision. Try to stay at high altitude at Deer Valley. That may seem silly, but we were just there in April and a few hundred feet in altitude made the difference in rain vs. snow. With or without snow you will still have an awesome holiday atmosphere in December.

Park City, Utah
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4. Re: Planning December 2013 trip-what are the chances of snow?

Just to note, early season skiing is rarely dependent on actual snowfall but more on cold temperatures for snowmaking.

5. Re: Planning December 2013 trip-what are the chances of snow?

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