Just in time for the harvest holiday, Squaw Valley plans to open Nov. 21 with machine-made snow on lower slopes. 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.