It's been a fickle start to winter on the East Coast and with the holidays fast approaching, the best way to guarantee yourself a white Christmas is to go straight to the source. We're not talking about the North Pole, but the home of one of the east's most powerful snowmaking systems. Sunday River has invested another million dollars into snowmaking improvements for this season, which makes it the perfect place to spend the holidays and make all your holiday wishes (for skiing and riding) come true. 

Christmas and New Year's Eve vacation packages at Sunday River are available from just $139 per person, per night in slopeside condominiums, $155 in the Snow Cap Inn, and $185 in the Grand Resort Hotel. Package includes lift tickets, slopeside lodging, lessons (Perfect Turn clinics for ages 19+) and Breakfast for guests at Hotels and the Snow Cap Inn. This package is available for reservations between Dec. 26 and Dec. 31, 2012. Guests may arrive on Dec. 26 for two- or four-nights, Dec. 28 for two- or four-nights or Dec. 30 for two-nights.

During the holiday vacation week and weekend, all guest lift tickets are automatically upgraded to 12-hour tickets, at no extra charge. Night skiing may be added to your ski ticket on the night of arrival for just $5 per person. Beyond the great skiing and riding, Sunday River offers winter zipline tours and is hosting a full schedule of holiday events and family-friendly activities to keep guests entertained throughout their stays.

Kids will have a chance to join mascot Eddy the Yeti for a holiday dinner on Dec. 27. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28-29 adults can enjoy late-night aprés parties with live music at the Foggy Goggle and the Grand Summit Hotel. Then all guests both young and old can "Ooh" and "Ahh" in harmony during the New Year's Eve fireworks display. New Year's Eve parties will continue into the night with live music, champagne and plenty of rocking out on the dance floor.

Sunday River has maintained a pole position for the most early season open terrain in the east two years in a row. With the addition of 300 new low-energy snowguns, they're sure to have plenty of the white stuff for carving this holiday season.

More info at sundayriver.com.