Sun Valley Resort is running two early season lodging packages this year. One is for the resort's 75th anniversary opening over Thanksgiving while the other runs through Dec. 20.

The Thanksgiving Package, which is available Nov. 24-28, combines lodging, lift tickets, and a Thanksgiving Buffet. The package starts at $282 per person double occupancy. Accommodations for four nights are in the Sun Valley Lodge or Inn, and lift tickets are valid for three out of four days.

The resort plans to launch its 75th season with a Thanksgiving Day opening. That, of course, is weather dependent. But spokesperson Jack Sibbach told us, "We make that date eight out of 10 years."

Sun Valley Resort's most popular Thanksgiving feast takes place Nov. 25 in the convention center of Sun Valley Inn. The center fills to its capacity of 800 for the buffet spread with traditional and non-traditional dishes. Dinner reservations are not available, but diners are seated as space opens up. "It's so popular that people start lining up at the door about 4 p.m.," said Sibbach.

The Pre-holiday Package is available Nov. 24-Dec. 20. The package, which starts at $72 per person double occupancy, includes one night of lodging at Sun Valley Lodge or Inn and one day of skiing.

Families with kids can take advantage of Sun Valley's program that allows kids to stay and ski free. The program, which is available with the early season packages, permits one child per adult to stay and ski for free when lodging with the parent.

More information. Or call 800-786-8259.