The jury's still out on whether we'll have a white Thanksgiving. It used to be that we'd ski all day and come home to an early roast turkey with all the fixings. This year maybe, maybe not. Most of the ski areas should be open (with the exception of Deer Valley and Sundance) but the terrain is sparse. The resorts will certainly be quiet and mellow Nov. 26-29, 2009.

What you can count on are the hint of winter's approach and the wonderful tastes and smells you will find if don't feel like cooking this Thanksgiving. The Park City School of Wine in Park City will be hosting a 'Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner' class to help you get you in the mood. The class is $20 per person, Nov.  20, 2009 (Fri) from 6 - 7 p.m. at Silver Baron Lodge - next to the Lodges at Deer Valley.

Now that you know how to toast, take a look at what's going on around the Wasatch and make your reservations now. Seatings fill up fast.

FYI: Some of these are last year's prices, so expect to pay a few bucks more.

[R404R, Snowbird]:

Three of The Bird's restaurants will be serving up turkey. On the top floor of the Cliff Lodge, expect a five-course sit down dinner in The Aerie Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adults $37.95; Children (6-12) $18.95.  The Atrium (also in the Cliff) will appeal to the buffeters from noon  to 7 p.m.  Adults $32.95; Children (6-12) $17.95. 

The Lodge Bistro (Pool Level at the Lodge at Snowbird) will have their own buffet from 4 to 10 p.m. Adults $36.95; Children (6-12) $18.95. 

Reservations are recommended: 801- 933-2181.

[R129R, Deer Valley Resort]:

Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge, mid-mountain at Deer Valley, offers a traditional roast turkey and trimmings buffet for $64 for adults, $25 for children. Serving from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Limited reservations at 435- 649-3700.

[R403R, Snowbasin]:

Earl's Lodge serves up a mouthwatering feast for $38 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children under 5 are free.

Reservation Required: 801- 620-1021.

[R442R, Sundance]:

Foundry Grill, Sundance Resort, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $45 for adults, $22.50 for children. 801- 223-4567.


Zermatt Resort: $44.95 for adults, $22.95 for children 435- 657-0180.

Homestead Resort: Fanny's Grill at the Homestead, Midway, $19.95 for adults. No reservations 800- 327-7220.

The Resort is offering a Thanksgiving Brunch Package starting at $149 which includes Cottage or Garden Style accommodations.

Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet with all the trimmings, includes tax & gratuity with seating times: 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m.. Valid Nov. 25 and 26, 2009.

[R462R, The Canyons]:

Westgate Grill will have a four-course plated dinner with prices ranging from $29 to $39 for five entrée choices, including roast turkey, beef, lamb, duck, or Utah trout. Serving from noon-8 p.m.; reservations required at 435- 940-9444.

The Cabin, in the Grand Summit Lodge, will hold its annual buffet from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., $36 for adults, $15 for children 435-615-8060. If you'd rather eat in, let The Canyons' culinary team take the hassle out of preparing Thanksgiving dinner with one of their special offers. Guests staying at any of the properties at The Canyons can book the "In-Room Turkey" program. They will deliver a complete Thanksgiving dinner to your room for 6-8 people for $149. 

For those who are not staying at one of The Canyons' properties, but will be in Park City for the holiday, book "Thanksgiving to Your Door from The Canyons Resort." They'll deliver a full Thanksgiving dinner for 6-8 people to your home in the Park City area for $179 or if you would rather pick it up at the Grand Summit Hotel, it is $149. You just need to place the order 72 hours in advance.

The Canyons is extending its employee rate to all guests. Rooms are available from $49.50 per person, per night based on double occupancy. Guests who stay three nights will receive two free lift tickets. These lodging deals are available Nov. 23- 29, 2009, and can be booked by calling 888-CANYONS (226-9667).

[R10R, Alta]:

Alta's Rustler Lodge has a buffet dinner with traditional turkey and trimmings for $48. Serving from 4-9 p.m., reservations required at 801- 532-ALTA (2582).

Alta Lodge will offer a four-course turkey dinner for $37 and $10 age 4- 6 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.; reservations required at 801-322-4631.

Here's my Top Insider's Pick for Thanksgiving Dinner:

The prices have climbed over the years, but the all-you-can-eat, sit down style dinner at the Silver Fork Lodge in Big Cottonwood Canyon is the bomb. $28.50 for adults, $14.75 for kids. The food is awesome and they don't take reservations. (You may have to wait an hour if you arrive during peak times.) 801- 533-9977.

For Information: Park City School of Wine or call 435- 655-9463.