Thanksgiving is the traditional kickoff time for ski resorts. From the Green Mountains to the Rockies, there's a lot of terrain to cover for any skier eager to get their first taste of winter. The big bonanza this year is the early season snow at western and eastern resorts. Here's a roundup of what's available and where to find a good deal.
Info & Lodging: 877-GOSTOWE; www.greenmountaininn.com
At Stowe's Green Mountain Inn, the "Thanksgiving Harvest Package" includes two nights lodging, a full country breakfast daily, and a classic Thanksgiving feast in the Main Street Dining Room. It ranges from $61 to $87 per person, per day.
Bretton Woods, NH
Info & Lodging: 800-258-0330; www.brettonwoods.com
From Wednesday, November 22 through Saturday, November. 25, theThanksgiving Special at The Mount Washington Hotel is $199 per couple. It includes standard accommodations and dinner each evening. IncludesThanksgiving Dinner on Thursday evening and a country breakfast each morning. Skiing and snowboarding at Bretton Woods Mountain Resort or Cannon Mountain, or cross country skiing at the Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area are also included. Please mention the SkiNet Thanksgiving Special.
Attitash Bear Peak, NH
Info & Lodging: 888-223-SNOW; www.attitash.com Attitash has a "Pass the Turkey Package" that begins at $109 per person, based on double occupancy, and has a two-night minimum and maximum stay. It is good either on November 22 and 23 or November 23 and 24. Includes two nights lodging, daily breakfast, Thanksgiving Dinner, and a two-day lift ticket.
Info & Lodging: 800-The-LOAF; www.sugarloaf.com
At Sugarloaf/USA, there's a $69 per person, per night package. It's a ski-and-stay package, which includes lift ticket, slopeside lodging, a Perfect Turn adult group clinic, and access to the Sugarloaf Sports & Fitness club. It's offered from November 23 to 25.
Info & Lodging: 304-572-1000; www.snowshoemtn.com
The Snowshoe and Silver Creek areas are scheduled to open on Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day. To celebrate the season opening, Snowshoe is offering 50 percent off the price of lift tickets, rentals, lodging, and lessons. Anyone who books the entire four-day holiday period will also get Thanksgiving Dinner included. For example, a family of four who plans to spend the entire Thanksgiving Holiday at Snowshoe can get a package starting at $490 with lodging at the base of the mountain.
Telluride, CO Info & Lodging: 800-854-3062; www.telluride-ski.com
The best deal in Telluride is to "Ski Free & More!" On November 22, guests can choose from a full day of free skiing, a complimentary clinic with Telluride's Ski & Snowboard School, free lunch on the mountain or a free, half-day of child care for each night spent in participating properties in Telluride. Prices start at $65 per person, per night based on minimum occupancy.
Winter Park, CO
Info & Lodging: 800-729-5813; www.skiwinterpark.com
Winter Park Central Reservations has teamed up with a variety of local lodging properties to offer the "Free 4 All." This turkey day deal promises a 25 percent discount on lodging and lift tickets. Skiers and snowboarders get their fourth night of lodging and fourth day of lift tickets free when they buy three days of lodging and lift tickets. Prices start at $218 per person based on double occupancy.
Info & Lodging: 877-62 ASPEN; www.skiaspen.com
Aspen will be in full gear this Thanksgiving, with World Cup skiing featuring Picabo Street here on November 24. The deals are valid from November 18 to December 1, 2000 and must include the two race days during World Cup. Packages incclude lift tickets and accommodations at the Gant, L'Auberge Club Cottages, Aspen Mountain Lodge, or The North of Nell. Prices vary.
Beaver Creek, CO
Info & Lodging: 800-404-3535; www.beavercreek.com
During Beaver Creek's 20th anniversary season, one of the best deals is the "Ski Free/Stay Free" deal, which happens to be valid during Thanksgiving. Here's the offer. Guests who stay three nights and ski three days at Beaver Creek can get the fourth night of lodging and fourth day of skiing free. The offer starts at $310 per person and is available from Nov. 17-Dec. 12, 2000 The offer is based on a two-bedroom condo, quad occupancy at SaddleRidge, the Inn at Beaver Creek, St. James Place, The Charter, Highlands Lodge, Borders Lodge, and other locations.
Big Mountain, MT
Info & Lodging: 877-457-1850; www.bigmountain.com
Big Mountain is offering lodging packages with free skiing and boarding this Thanksgiving. The "Ski Free" offer is valid at Montana's Finest Resorts properties: the Grouse Mountain Lodge and Kandahar Lodge. Rates at Grouse Mountain Lodge start at $51 per person, per night. Kandahar begins at $70 per person, per night. These rates are based on double occupancy and include two free lift tickets per room, per night. Each additional person in a room is $30 per person per night, which includes an additional free lift ticket. Kids age 7-12 are an additional $20 per child per night (kids six and under always stay and ski free). Mention the "Ski Free" promotion when you call.
Info & Lodging: 801-359-1078; www.alta.com
Alta has been getting pounded this fall and officially opens November 17. The Alta Lodge is offering special early season rates. Rates start at $119 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Includes daily full breakfast and dinner. That deal is good until December 3.
Solitude Mountain Resort, UT
Info & Lodging: 800-748-4754; www.skisolitude.com
From November 15 to December 15, 2000, Solitude Mountain Resort tempts early skiers with a $109 per person rates at the Inn at Solitude. The package includes lodging, lift tickets and breakfast.
Squaw Valley USA, CA
Info & Lodging: 800-545-4350; www.squaw.com
Squaw Valley opened on November 18th with some of their best early season conditions in years. The "Pre-Season Ski-in, Ski-out Package" is perfect for families planning an early season getaway to Squaw Valley USA. Packages include two nights of convenient on-mountain lodging at the Squaw Valley Lodge in a studio with a kitchenette and two days of lift tickets for $380, based on double occupancy. With this package, kids 12 & under stay FREE. Valid opening day through December 14, 2000.