For those who vacation during peak holiday weeks—which is most of us—rates and crowds are always higher than usual. For skiers and riders, that means blackout dates on most lift ticket deals, long lift lines, and trails packed with other skiers and riders. However, there are two exceptions to this rule for ski areas, and that is Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. You may still be charged peak holiday rates for lift tickets, but there will be fewer people on the slopes.
Skiing or riding on Christmas Day may be completely out of the question due to religious beliefs or family commitments for some people. And skiing and riding on New Year’s Day may be unrealistic for those who imbibe a little too much bubbly on New Year’s Eve. Considering the next two holiday periods, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day, will not offer the same crowd-free experience on the slopes, I say head to the slopes on December 25 and January 1.