(c) Jack Ballard
If you’re in it for the snow, snapping up a deal on an early-season alpine ski vacation (or weekend), may prove disappointing. Snowfall is typically most erratic in October and November, about the time ski areas are building their base for the coming season. Especially at areas heavily dependent on natural snow for a base, Mother Nature may not be so kind to early-season skiers. For example, this season my home area of Red Lodge Mountain Resort has received exceptional snowfall yielding wonderful skiing. Elsewhere in Montana, conditions are tough, even though it’s mid-December. Last year the opposite was true – several other Montana resorts had abundant early-season coverage while Red Lodge suffered.
Just because a resort offers a sweet deal on lift tickets or lodging packages doesn’t mean you’ll be wowed by the snow. But if you score a deal at a mountain flush with early-season powder, pat yourself on the back for scoring double!