Christmas in America is always bigger and better than anywhere else in the world. Add to this the stunning skiing and super friendly base towns, and you have the making of an awesome week.
Of course, the resort usually comes together in typical American enthusiasm to provide you with a number of events that ensure you’re feeling particularly festive. Santa and his reindeer have been seen visiting the village in prior seasons and this tends to include carol singers, as well as sometimes dancing Christmas Trees... In addition, there are usually numerous chances to grab some free s’mores by the fire – this gooey goodness will give all ages that all important festive energy. Finally, the parade and fireworks on Christmas Eve has been a favourite in the past. Usually starting early to include even the youngest ones, a procession of skiers holding torches ski down the mountain which is an amazing spectacle, followed by Santa reading a seasonal story and then fireworks to really build the excitement for the big day.
Typically, the skiing in Winter Park is some of the best around during the festive period. In a ten year average, December has usually seen around 58 inches, which is fantastic news for those who like a little off piste (head up to Vasquez Ridge or Parsenn Bowl). In the unlikely event that there isn’t much snow, the tourist office state that the artificial snowmaking is there to enable opening by Thanksgiving and thus is sure to be able to ensure that some of the groomers are available for you to enjoy. One important thing to remember is that December is typically one of the coldest months, so wrapping up is essential – make sure thermals are on your Christmas list! You can also stay below the tree line to try and get some shelter from the wind – Parsenn Bowl can be very exposed so avoid in high winds, and you can head to Eagle Wind for a spot of tree skiing.
For the day itself, a number of restaurants offer special Christmas menus for you to indulge yourself on. The Lodge at Sunspot allows you to dine at over 10,000 feet and Gasthaus Eichler offers traditional German dishes for something a little different. A little further out of town, the Devil’s Thumb Ranch and Spa has previously offered a mouth-watering four course menu in the stunning setting of the 6000 acre farmstead for a very attractive price.
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