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Best Resorts for Thanksgiving Powder Turns

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Visittelluride.com

Copyright: Annie

Here are a few secrets about skiing and riding during the Thanksgiving holiday: Turkey day tends to be light on crowds at many ski resorts. November isn’t peak season, so resorts offer reduced lodging rates. You can avoid kitchen stress by dining out on traditional holiday meals. Sure, the fledgling snowpack may rely on heavy snowmaking for groomer skiing, but most skiers’ legs could use the warmup. However, if pre-season snow totals are big, Thanksgiving skiers may be stuffing their faces with more powder than turkey.

 

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See the below list of North American ski resorts and find your best bet for skiing and riding during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday. 

1&2. Lake LouiseSunshine Village

Head north to Banff for early holiday snow this season. Lake Louise gives skiers and riders access to 4,200 skiable acres and 3,251 vertical feet of drop. They're already open and are enjoying 26cm (10 in) of new snow in the last 3 days.

Sunshine Village, Canada’s highest elevated resort, is another option for Banff skiers and encompasses more than 3,300 skiable acres. Off the snow, soak in hot springs, twirl on ice skates, sightsee on the Banff Gondola and Christmas shop downtown. If you're looking to fly into Banff, you'll find many direct flights into Calgary International Airport; from there, Banff is within a 90-minute drive. 

3. Sun Valley Resort

November 26, 2020 marks the opening of Sun Valley Resort. Depending on early-season conditions, expect to find at least two open lifts on Dollar Mountain and four to five open lifts on Bald Mountain.

Sun Valley is known for its western flair and European styling. The resort offers 2,054 skiable acres and 3,400 feet of vertical drop. Grab a plate and enjoy live music and plenty of food at the annual Thanksgiving Buffet, located at the Sun Valley Inn. Off the slopes, stroll through galleries rich in artistic ambiance, catch a movie or play virtual golf at the Nordic center. 

A skier rips through Sun Valley powder. Photo courtesy of Visit Sun Valley.  - © Visit Sun Valley

A skier rips through Sun Valley powder. Photo courtesy of Visit Sun Valley.

Copyright: Visit Sun Valley

4. Beaver Creek Resort

A typical non-COVID Beaver Creek Resort opening day adds to warm holiday traditions by passing out cookies hot from the oven for their opening day celebration (November 25). The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition features the top five finalists baking up 1,000 cookies each; you can vote on the tastiest and work off the calories skiing Beaver Creek's 1,832 skiable acres and 3,340 feet of vertical.  

Dues to COVID crown restrictions, there will be no events, but guests are welcome to enjoy some of the best snow in Colorado. 

5. Steamboat

Head to Steamboat after Thanksgiving for great early season conditions. Steamboat plans to open December 1, allowing skiers and riders a first look at the resort's 2,965 skiable acres. 

6. Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain Resort is a great option for early-season skiers and riders with its projected opening date of November 20. Park City, located just 35-minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, offers 7,300 skiable acres serviced by 41 lifts.

 

US Resort Projected Opening Dates

 

Kaylin Richardson enjoys fresh powder at Canyons in Park City, Utah. The resort averages 355 inches of snowfall a year and has 4,000 acres of skiable terrain  - © Liam Doran

Kaylin Richardson enjoys fresh powder at Canyons in Park City, Utah. The resort averages 355 inches of snowfall a year and has 4,000 acres of skiable terrain

Copyright: Liam Doran

7. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows opens its doors on November 25 . It spans more than 6,000 skiable acres and features 42 lifts and 270 trails.

The resort invested more than $1 million in snowmaking in the past two years, so regardless of early season snow totals, there will be plenty of open terrain come turkey day. 

8. Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain opened November 13! During stormy years, skiers and riders can find all lifts running across Mammoth Mountain's more than 3,500 skiable acres and 3,100 feet of vertical drop.

 

Sunshine and powder are key ingredients to an unbeatable day at Mammoth.  - © Liam Doran

Sunshine and powder are key ingredients to an unbeatable day at Mammoth.

Copyright: Liam Doran

 

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undefined - © Annie
Good season for Mammoth - © Liam Doran
A skier rips through Sun Valley powder..  Photo courtesy of Visit Sun Valley. - © Visit Sun Valley
Plenty for shoppers and foodies in Banff - © Paul Zizka/Banff Lake Louise Tourism

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