Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows typically opens its doors just in time for the harvest holiday, offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal at High Camp overlooking Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows spans more than 6,000 skiable acres and features 42 lifts and 270 trails.

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.