Monarch Mountain is scheduled to open Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. But, snow conditions have to be "just right" or they won't open. Turkey Day will be great if they do open as the Monarch management team serves Thanksgiving dinner from noon until 3 p.m. Nov. 26. It includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, pecan or pumpkin pie, and a beverage. The meal is free to all Monarch employees and $8.50 to the skiing public. Talk about a gobbling good deal.

But there's more. Football games will be on in the Sidewinder Saloon. You get skiing, football, and turkey all in one day at Monarch. Remember to check OnTheSnow.com reports to see if the mountain is open before heading to the slopes. It's looking good with the recent October snow blasts.

The town of Salida is just down the road. The Salida Super 8 has lodging available starting at $74.88 a night. Take a dip in the healing waters of the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center. The year-round facility offers recreation and relaxation in natural mineral water.

The Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is just around the corner from Monarch and has some new cabins available for lodging. The hot springs pools are worth a soak as well.

More Information: Monarch; or call 888-996-7669 or 719-530-5000.  Mt. Princeton or call 888-395-7799, or 719-395-2447.