Here’s a couple of secrets about Thanksgiving holiday skiing and riding. Turkey Day tends to be light on crowds at many U.S. resorts. November isn’t peak season, so resorts offer reduced lodging rates. Plus, you can avoid kitchen stress by dining out on traditional holiday meals of roast turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

Sure, the fledgling snowpack may rely on heavy snowmaking for groomer skiing, but most skiers’ legs need to adjust to slope pounding. However, if our pre-and early-season snow totals are any indicator, Thanksgiving skiers may be stuffing their faces with powder. 

Barring fickle weather, six North American ski resorts are fairly safe bets for 2013 Thanksgiving ski holidays, and they throw in off-snow fun, too. 

What are you waiting for? Time to ditch the mashed potatoes and make Thanksgiving reservations.

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