Looking for a family ski getaway before Christmas when slopes are less crowded? Try Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Their Christmas package wraps up lifts, lodging, breakfast, and holiday cheer to launch the festive season.

The Best Christmas Ever package, which costs $985, comes with three nights lodging, three days of lift tickets, and a daily hot breakfast buffet. Arrival dates must be Dec. 17-23.

Lodging for the Christmas package is in the Selkirk or White Pine Lodge, and rooms come with a miniature Christmas tree and decorations. Two complimentary ski clinics are included for the adults, and included lifts tickets are valid for the parents and all children under 18 years old.

Schweitzer unwrapped the holiday season this past weekend by turning on the Christmas tree and holiday lights in the village.

Two pre-Christmas celebrations bring holiday carolers into the village for outdoor musical fun around the Christmas tree in late afternoons Dec. 11 and 18. The Selkirk Lodge lobby serves hot chocolate for warming up after skiing and standing around a campfire.

Santa and Mrs. Claus show up at Schweitzer to ski on the hill Dec. 22-24. Kids can participate in a balloon parade on Christmas Eve afternoon on the NASTAR course. Santa then heads to the Selkirk Lodge Lobby for photos with kids, hot chocolate, and Mrs. Claus reading The Night Before Christmas.

More information. Or call 877-487-4643.