Idaho’s Sun Valley Resort revs up its snowmaking guns early on to supplement natural snow for early season skiing and snowboarding. Long groomers provide a way to get your ski legs under you before the snow has really begun to fall and the resort’s early season ski and stay package can get you out on the slopes.

Sun Valley’s Pre-Holiday Package bundles up overnight lodging with a day of skiing or riding before the Christmas vacationers hit the slopes. The package is available Nov. 21 through Dec. 20, 2012, which means that even though the snowpack is still building to midwinter levels, you won’t be fighting holiday crowds in lift lines or on the hill.

The Pre-Holiday Package starts at $79.50 per person per night, based on double occupancy at the Sun Valley Lodge or Sun Valley Inn. Free bus service runs from the lodges to Dollar Mountain and Bald Mountain, both located just a few minutes away.

Both the Sun Valley Lodge and Sun Valley Inn have been remodeled since their early days in the 1930s, and are within walking distance from great dining, shopping, and art galleries. Both lodges have glass-enclosed outdoor pools, with an outdoor ice rink sitting at the lodge, an easy walk from the Inn.

For more information, look here. For reservations, call 800-786-8259.