Just in time for the harvest holiday, Squaw Valley plans to open Nov. 27 unless "Mother Nature delivers the goods," in which case, they'll open earlier, weather and conditions permitting. The resort takes the traditional Thanksgiving meal to big heights, with a buffet served at the Terrace at High Camp overlooking Lake Tahoe. 

Families can also broaden the outdoor fun beyond skiing. “Regardless of early season snow conditions, ice skating is a good bet,” Squaw Valley’s Amelia Richmond said. At High Camp, the rink rents skates daily. At the mountain’s base, families can tube, and kids can rev up mini-snowmobiles.