Mont Tremblant is a classic December, Christmas and New Year's Eve destination. The village sparkles with holiday charm and the streets and lodging are full of families. The snow in December is dependable, thanks to Mont Tremblant's vaunted snowmaking system, dubbed The Avalanche. Tremblant's northerly latitude helps as well, as it's less likely to receive warm blasts of rain that can disrupt snowmaking, which can be a threat further south in the east.
During this time of the winter, slope aspects at Mont Tremblant's latitude don't matter much as the sun angle is so low. With 156" of average annual snowfall, Tremblant could have seen 2-3 major storms by the Christmas/New Year's holiday, which supplements the thorough snowmaking system already in place. It can be cold at Tremblant around the New Year. If the sun is out, skiers should ski the eastern side (30% of terrain) of the resort in the morning and migrate to the western half (40% of terrain) in the afternoon to stay in the sun. During these deepest weeks of winter, the southern terrain (25% of mountain) is often best bet by late morning.
What matters when it comes to snow for December skiing:
Finding good snow early in the season is often a game of chance. But there are mountains and regions that historically perform better than others. We take these factors into account when grading out our scores for resorts and the given season. That said, it's almost always a better bet, in terms of snow and open terrain, to ski in January or Feburary compared with December.
But skiing during the December holidays is a great tradition and it's also one of the only times many families can get away for extended periods.
Those skiing December should look for ski resorts with high average annual snowfalls and low standard deviations. In addition, steep and rocky ski resorts need more snow to get terrain open compared with ski resorts with more modest terrain.
This is also the time of year when slope aspects—north, east, south, west—matter the least. The sun is at it lowest angles in North America in December and has less effect on the snowpack at this time of year than at any other. So ski resorts that possess lots of south-facing and east-facing terrain will generally ski better—assuming there is enough snow—during these darkest times of winter rather than the spring. More explanation on this topic can be found on our snow rankings page.