[R430R, Stratton] will start spinning its lifts Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving as the 2009-10 ski and snowboard season begins. The first snowfall dropped on the summit in mid-October and the snow guns started to pepper the resort last week.

Stratton President Sky Foulkes said, "In our ever-changing world there is a constant: November is the time to make the snow. Our snow team has begun to lay down the snow that we are famous for and you expect."

Al Desroches, Stratton slopes and trails manager, said, "We typically choose the day before Thanksgiving to open because not only is it a festive time, but it will allow us ample opportunity to make enough snow, groom it out, and present the best possible conditions to our guests."

Desroches said Stratton's snowmakers will work to cover more than 90 percent of the mountain's terrain in high quality man-made snow over the next few weeks. Stratton is so confident in the quality of its snow, guests may ski or ride for an hour any time, any day, and if they're not happy, they can exchange their ticket for another day.

The fourth annual Stratton Gobble Wobble 5K road race takes place Thanksgiving Day to let people work up an appetite for turkey. Registration is 8 to 9 a.m., and the race begins at 9:15 a.m. Registration is $20, and may be done online.

Bentley's at Stratton offers a Thanksgiving buffet with two sittings, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., at $20 for adults and $14 for children.

Fashion models from New York debut the catwalk display of the season's ski and snowboard apparel Friday.

Other activities take place through the weekend.

More information.  Or call 800-787-2886.