By late November things are in full swing at most American ski destinations. One way to take advantage of the four-day holiday weekend is to spend it on the slopes, and that does not necessarily mean forgoing a turkey feast either. A handful of ski resorts offer special package deals for Thanksgiving weekend, so you can have your ski trip and put the fuss of making Thanksgiving dinner off to someone else.
Mount Washington Resort
Mount Washington's Thanksgiving special includes an extensive roster of kids' activities starting Wednesday night. This makes it a family-friendly option, since small children can be kept happy while big kids and adults hit the slopes. 2009 prices for the Thanksgiving dinner buffet was priced at $45 per adult and $25 for children aged 5 to 12. The nearby Bretton Woods ski area offers 62 miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, as well as 101 trails for alpine skiing and snowboarding. Dog sledding is also available in the area.
Bretton Woods, NH 03575
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Crested Butte does not offer a Thanksgiving special per se, but what it does have is a Stay and Sky special. This deal offers free skiing for those who come to the area in the early part of the season. That always encompasses the Thanksgiving weekend. For example, in 2009 the Stay and Ski special began on Nov. 25, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Crested Butte itself has 121 trails, with more than half of them sitting firmly in the intermediate range. There are plenty of dining options within the resort community, so finding a place to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will pose no problems. Advance reservations are recommended, however.
12 Snowmass Road
Crested Butte, CO 81224
Alta Lodge offers a comprehensive Thanksgiving ski package that covers all four nights of the long weekend. It includes, a full breakfast every morning, Thanksgiving dinner and three days of lift tickets. One-quarter of Alta's trails are suitable for beginners and 40 percent are in the intermediate range. That still leaves about a third in the advanced category, so the ski area's 116 trails offer plenty of everyone. They even have guided nature-watching cross-country skiing.
P.O. Box 8040
Alta, UT 84092
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