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Resorts that will be open on Thanksgiving

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

I will have that week off so where would be a great place to go lay down some tracks?

post #2 of 28

Wolf Creek, CO.  Last Turkey day they were 100% open, 55" base and pow in the trees.  It was busy when I was there last year but the place is spread out enough that there weren't any lift lines.

post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 

Well I hope It will be open this year, My Mother in law is come for Thanksgiving, I absolutely hate the old hag, but guess who is the lucky one!!

post #4 of 28

Lot's of places will open on the 22nd.  Drive to the ones that look most promising?

post #5 of 28

A lot of places that open by Thanksgiving use artificial snow, or with limited coverage.

 

Snowmaking? Ha!  We don't need no stinkin' snowmaking!

 

Baker, Stevens and Crystal are usually open by about the 20th, full coverage usually by Thanksgiving.  No WRODs.  

 

Oh yeah, there's also Whistler.

post #6 of 28

Ski Dubai

post #7 of 28

Northstar  at California is opening on November 16th. 

post #8 of 28
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Northstar  at California is opening on November 16th. 


You left out the "weather permitting". While I have skied Veteran's Day a few times and Halloween twice at ski areas around Tahoe in the last 50 years, it does depend on Mother Nature. There either has to been enough snow to open or cold enough temperatures to make snow.

 

A search found another thread on same topic that includes links to Tony Crocker's website: http://www.epicski.com/t/113375/thanksgiving-ski-trip

post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
I guess the main thing is the the weather permitting I'm hoping to head towards CO for that week.
post #10 of 28

Thanks giving is early for off piste skiing. If you just want to ski then focus somewhere high with good snow-making.

 

If you want to ski ungroomed, keep your options open, then wait 'n see. 

post #11 of 28

Your best bet is to wait and react to the weather. Every resort wants to be open on Thanksgiving, but it doesn't always work out so well. And just because a resort is open doesn't mean it's worth skiing. Watch to see who has the most snow, most terrain and best forecast and head there.

 

If you have to book ahead, Colorado is a pretty good bet since resorts like Loveland and A-Basin are always racing to get open first.

post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks JoeUT I will look for the most snow! I have a more chance at A basin being open.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

Thanks giving is early for off piste skiing. If you just want to ski then focus somewhere high with good snow-making.

If you want to ski ungroomed, keep your options open, then wait 'n see. 

Well it's the beginning of the Ski season and trying to get my Ski legs off to a good start!
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Well it's the beginning of the Ski season and trying to get my Ski legs off to a good start!

 

That is a good mindset to have.  

post #15 of 28

Whistler Blackcomb are always both open then - and one of them will likely be sooner but I would not recommend planning a major ski trip here based on that. Usually its pretty early season conditions, but there are always exceptions. Currently Vancouver is setting records for its longest dry period -

surely soon to be followed by a run at the longest wet period. 

post #16 of 28

     Tyrol Basin, in Wisconsin. We've been open the first week in Nov. quite a few times. Ski Brule in da UP, I haven't been home for Thanksgiving in about  20 yrs since we coach a race camp there every year.
 

post #17 of 28
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Well I hope It will be open this year, My Mother in law is come for Thanksgiving, I absolutely hate the old hag, but guess who is the lucky one!!

Don't worry, we'll keep this on the down low.  

post #18 of 28

Winterpark opens on the 14th of November and Copper opens even earlier on the 2nd. Not sure they will have that many runs open though...

post #19 of 28
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You left out the "weather permitting". While I have skied Veteran's Day a few times and Halloween twice at ski areas around Tahoe in the last 50 years, it does depend on Mother Nature. There either has to been enough snow to open or cold enough temperatures to make snow.

 

A search found another thread on same topic that includes links to Tony Crocker's website: http://www.epicski.com/t/113375/thanksgiving-ski-trip

NS is usually pretty good w/ snow making.  Like you said it has to be cold enough, but I'm pretty sure i've skied there on Thanksgiving a couple of times in the past 6 years.  Some were on just Lumberjack and Main Street.  The day of Thanksgiving has already been vetoed for me, but I'm still hoping to get in two days at either NS or Heavenly (after about 30 runs on Orion I will make sure to not ski it the rest of the winter).

post #20 of 28

My first day last season was 11/29/11 at Northstar - 5 days after Thanksgiving. My notes are "Only 1 run one Comstock (upper level of mountain - they counted it three runs, but really only one way down), 3 runs run on middle (probably really only two ways down and not as steep) level and Village Run".

 

My friend and I thought conditions were better the next day at Heavenly until they closed due to wind. They needed to get everyone up and down the mountain using gondola which shuts down if wind of 35 mph is predicted. My original plan was to ski one day at each place and return to the one with better conditions the third day. Instead I came home as neither seemed worth staying another day.

 

I don't think I would book travel across the country for what will most likely be a few man-made runs at Northstar. But before Thanksgiving 2010, I was at Squaw from Sunday to Tuesday for 4-6 foot dump on almost no base. I extended that trip an extra day, even though they struggled to open more than Exhibition, Red Dog and Squaw Creek, due to not being ready, too much wind and snow. I did two get Funitel rides late on Monday. 

 

 

 

 

 
post #21 of 28
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NS is usually pretty good w/ snow making.  Like you said it has to be cold enough, but I'm pretty sure i've skied there on Thanksgiving a couple of times in the past 6 years.  Some were on just Lumberjack and Main Street.  The day of Thanksgiving has already been vetoed for me, but I'm still hoping to get in two days at either NS or Heavenly (after about 30 runs on Orion I will make sure to not ski it the rest of the winter).

I know I've only lived out here for two full seasons, and they've been polar opposite in relation to weather, but I'm anticipating some fun skiing on Thanksgiving Weekend at Northstar, and perhaps Squaw/Alpine. 

 

Tseeb, last year was a weird one, eh? 

You have to admit, Northstar served up the goods on February 29thbiggrin.gif

post #22 of 28
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I know I've only lived out here for two full seasons, and they've been polar opposite in relation to weather, but I'm anticipating some fun skiing on Thanksgiving Weekend at Northstar, and perhaps Squaw/Alpine. 

 

Tseeb, last year was a weird one, eh? 

You have to admit, Northstar served up the goods on February 29thbiggrin.gif

 

I guess it all depends on what you expect out of it.  Usually Pinball and Main Street are open.  If Comstock is open too (usually West Ridge and Luggi's) my holiday will be complete.  Now, if we can get the conditions of a couple of years ago....

 

Also, as funky as last year was NS did a good job open quite a few runs.

post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by CaliSki View Post

 

I guess it all depends on what you expect out of it.  Usually Pinball and Main Street are open.  If Comstock is open too (usually West Ridge and Luggi's) my holiday will be complete.  Now, if we can get the conditions of a couple of years ago....

 

Also, as funky as last year was NS did a good job open quite a few runs.

True on all accounts. 

  • Fun is what you make of it
  • We skied powder on Thanksgiving day 2010
  • NS did a great job of snow making and snow management last year when mother nature didn't cooperate. 

 

Life is good

post #24 of 28

Sun Valley here in Idaho will also be open at Thanksgiving weekend, but most likely the little brother mountain with snow making machines! icon13.gif I was considering going there with my wife for Thanksgiving, but I think I would be so disappointed with the ski that I decided to wait until december for a weekend getaway! 

 

Utah resorts have their opening dates set to the week before thanksgiving. JH opens saturday the 24th. But I don`t think we can expect much for thanksgiving... unfortunately! 

 

Safest bet is to go to Alaska! roflmao.gif

post #25 of 28

Squaw's got the same "weather permitting" thing going.  Still, they aim to open the day before Thanksgiving.  In 2010, they had the goods before turkey day.  Last year, they showed (by counterexample) how important snowmaking is.  This year, I expect them to show us what their shiny new snowmaking equipment can do, even if it's not needed.

 

Historically, Squaw has been a skier's mountain and, as such, offered a longer season than others around.  Now, with KSL in charge, we'll see what they do.

post #26 of 28

I would definitely go with Wolf Creek.  They have the earliest and best snow!
 

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I would definitely go with Wolf Creek.  They have the earliest and best snow!
 

 

Earliest and best of who?

 

According to the esteemed Mr. Crocker:

 

1. GRAND TARGHEE, Wyoming
It's the consistency of snowfall (and moderately pitched terrain) that makes Targhee's full operation by early December a virtual certainty. In the past 26 years, the lowest pre-January 1 snowfall was 76 inches, and there was only one other year under 110 inches. Targhee is the only resort with a perfect Christmas reliability record.
Traffic: Local skiers come from Idaho Falls. Most destination skiers stay in Jackson, an hour's drive away. The earlier your trip, the more likely you should consider staying on the Targhee (west) side of the Tetons.

2. MT. BAKER, Washington
Mt. Baker is the only lift-serviced ski area in North America to average over 600 inches snowfall per season. While Halloween openings are less common than 30 years ago, deep powder skiing on a six- to 10-foot base by early December is still the norm. Mt. Baker had dry Christmases in 1976 and 1989, resulting in 90 percent reliability for the holidays.
Traffic: Baker is entirely a locals' area. Vancouver is about two hours away.

3. WHISTLER/BLACKCOMB, British Columbia
One can easily underestimate Whistler's early-season reliability by focusing upon the rain-vulnerable lower mountain. A poor start to Whistler just means that the lower 1,000-2,000 feet aren't covered so you must download at the end of the day. The Whistler and Blackcomb Alpine regions got about 100 inches of snow in November/December of both 1997 and 2000 (the average is more like 150), and 5,000-plus acres of terrain were open at Christmas. There have been only two early seasons in the past 20 years (77 inches in 1989-90 and 91 inches in 1992-93) with less snow. Whistler's early December World Cup downhills were cancelled three years in a row due to too much snow. In last year's Canadian drought, Whistler had the only quality skiing in a 500-mile radius from mid December to late January.
Traffic: Whistler/Blackcomb is the best big-mountain choice in North America before Christmas, but beware of expensive pricing during the peak holiday season.

4. ALTA, Utah
5. BRIGHTON, Utah
6. POWDER MOUNTAIN, Utah

Alta ranks below Whistler because its dry snow builds a base more slowly and some of its steeper terrain requires deep coverage. As more intermediate areas with comparable elevation to Alta, Brighton and Powder Mountain will have similar coverage in the early season with about 80 percent of Alta's snowfall. These areas have good powder potential in early December. In most low-snow years they will be 50 to 70 percent open over Christmas with some expert terrain needing more cover.
Traffic: Alta has low lift capacity, so it can have big lift lines at Christmas. Brighton has three high-speed lifts and Powder Mountain is rarely busy.

7. MT. BACHELOR, Oregon
This is another promising large mountain (3,100 vertical, over 3,000 acres) during the early season. As a predominantly intermediate area, about 90 percent of the mountain is well covered by a four-foot base. In the last 27 years, the January 1 base depth has been less than four feet only three times and the December 1 base depth has been less than 40 inches only seven times. The biggest risk here is weather closure of the Summit lift (about 30 percent of the time).
Traffic: With seven high-speed lifts and Portland (at three and a half hours away) the closest large city, lift lines are minimal. Crowd and cost considerations make Bachelor a better bet than Whistler or Alta during the peak Christmas holidays.

8. WOLF CREEK, Colorado
Despite its more variable snowfall, Wolf Creek's snow depth averages are comparable to the above three Utah areas because it's 2,500 feet higher in elevation. However, because of the snow variability, drought months are about twice as likely as in Utah. Along with Mt. Baker, Wolf Creek is probably the most likely area to have natural snow skiing on Halloween. However, about one Christmas per decade, Wolf Creek has snow too inadequate to open at all.
Traffic: This is a very remote area. Crowds are rare, but lodging within an hour of the area is limited.

9. STEAMBOAT, Colorado
Steamboat is one of three major Colorado destination resorts to average 340 to 360 inches of annual snowfall. Its snow measurements are from the middle of the area while Vail's and Winter Park's are from the top. The lean early seasons of 1998-99 and 1999-2000 brought isolated storms to Steamboat right at Christmas, so it was 70 percent open for the holidays when most Colorado areas were less than half open. Also, Steamboat's skier density is less than the other two areas because it is farther from Denver.
Traffic: A good choice for Christmas as lift capacity is high relative to the bed base.

10. FERNIE ALPINE RESORT and ISLAND LAKE SNOWCAT, British Columbia
Snowfall is high, but low elevation can mean occasional rain. As there is no large city nearby (Calgary is three and a half hours away), the areas are conservative about opening until they can ensure close to full operation, which usually doesn't occur until mid December in below-average years. Fernie suffered an extreme drought in 2000-01, but long-term Canadian weather records show last season as a one-in-50-year event.
Traffic: Although its lifts are not modern, its remote location holds down the crowds.

post #28 of 28

^^^^^ this.

 

I personally would love it if Baker could open at Halloween.  Between the last day of skiing at Crystal (July 1) and Halloween would mean only having to wait 4 months in between ski seasons.  Which is still far too long. 

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