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Where to go skiing in North East during Thanksgiving weekend?

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I am looking for recommendations on a good family ski resort for the Thanksgiving weekend. I will be traveling with my two kids. They are young but strong intermediate skiers. Back in the days (before kids), I used to go to Killington but this time I would like to try something else. Was thinking about Whiteface but their scheduled opening date is November 27 so if weather does not cooperate, I will travel 4 hours to spend the weekend in a hotel. I remember that Killington was always open during that weekend.

 

Any recommendations? If you know a good place to stay (lodging), please share it too.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 8

At Thanksgiving you are probably going to be extremely snowmaking dependent.

 

In Vermont Killington may still be your best bet. They have the advantage of one of the higher base elevations (K1 base, not the lowest possible elevation all the way down on US 4). They also have a tremendous reputation for snowmaking and early season terrain build out.

 

Stowe tries to push an above average Thanksgiving product, and Okemo has been very aggressive in early season expansions and snowmaking the last two seasons.

 

If you are driving I would simply suggest waiting until the last minute to figure out exactly where you want to go based on conditions.

 

I live in the area, so I cannot help much with hotel recommendations.

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Originally Posted by CentralVT08 View Post
 

At Thanksgiving you are probably going to be extremely snowmaking dependent.

 

In Vermont Killington may still be your best bet. They have the advantage of one of the higher base elevations (K1 base, not the lowest possible elevation all the way down on US 4). They also have a tremendous reputation for snowmaking and early season terrain build out.

 

Stowe tries to push an above average Thanksgiving product, and Okemo has been very aggressive in early season expansions and snowmaking the last two seasons.

 

If you are driving I would simply suggest waiting until the last minute to figure out exactly where you want to go based on conditions.

 

I live in the area, so I cannot help much with hotel recommendations.

Second that for Okemo, they are shooting for Nov 15 and will surely be open by Turkey weekend.  Best snowmaking coverage in the area, and 4 relatively easy to navigate faces of the trail layout since you have the kids to keep track of.

post #4 of 8

You didn't say where you will be coming from.  NYC metro area?

 

Most of the ski areas do try to be open for Thanksgiving weekend but this is heavily weather/temperature dependent.

 

If you don't need a big mountain with tons of terrain, the Mt. Washington Valley area of NH is cute and has several small/medium ski areas to choose from. Wildcat already has been blasting some snow.  Slightly further to the north, Sunday River, a good-sized resort, has already opened (with limited terrain, of course).

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Sunday River always have a good amount of trails open given the time of year for Thanksgiving. It's also a close competition between Killington and SR to have more open trails than the other guy. We've spent the last 5 or so Thanksgivings at SR and they usually have 20+ trails open by then.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies. I will be driving from Northern NJ area. Will check Okemo and the other resorts you guys have mentioned.

post #7 of 8

I would be leery of most places Thanksgiving weekend, if you are bringing smaller kids. There will only be a few places open by then, and those that are open will mostly have extremely limited terrain, one or two trails (see: WROD). This means every snow junkie (like me) in the area is going to be squashed onto some very limited terrain. Heavy traffic on limited terrain and a questionable snow surface isn't the formula I'd put together for schlepping the family up to Vermont or NH for a successful weekend of skiing. 

 

Sorry to be the downer, but I don't want you being disappointed. 

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Originally Posted by drabina View Post
 

I am looking for recommendations on a good family ski resort for the Thanksgiving weekend. I will be traveling with my two kids. They are young but strong intermediate skiers. Back in the days (before kids), I used to go to Killington but this time I would like to try something else. Was thinking about Whiteface but their scheduled opening date is November 27 so if weather does not cooperate, I will travel 4 hours to spend the weekend in a hotel. I remember that Killington was always open during that weekend.

 

Any recommendations? If you know a good place to stay (lodging), please share it too.

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by drabina View Post
 

Thanks for all the replies. I will be driving from Northern NJ area. Will check Okemo and the other resorts you guys have mentioned.

 

I've spent the last two Thanksgiving weeks in Lake Placid with my teen daughter.  Have another reason besides skiing to be there that week.  Skied at Whiteface on Saturday both times.  Last year conditions were pretty nice on all the open trails.  The year before, the blue from the top of the gondola had a few icy patches.  The lower slopes were fun but not many options of where to go.

 

The town of Lake Placid is a fun place to wander around during Thanksgiving.  All the shops are open, some even on Thanksgiving Day.  But the place is not really swarming with people.  The Olympic venues and museums can be fun for those who are interested.

 

I splurge a bit and stay at the Golden Arrow.  It's a family-owned hotel that's a bit of a mini-resort right on Mirror Lake and Main Street.  Nice to be able to walk around town without having to drive at all.  Having a covered garage can be handy when it snows.  That happen both years.  Just a few inches but enough that I was glad LP snow clearing happens fast.

 

There is a little lodging in Wilmington near to the base of Whiteface, but better to stay in LP.  Lots of options at all price levels. Driving to Whiteface takes about 20 min.

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