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Eastern Revelers Have Full Menu Heading Into New Year

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Eastern skiers and riders, who are just a day’s drive from scores of resorts, will have lots to choose from this holiday season.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is always filled with activities and fun events. But this year, with the two holidays on Wednesday, that time frame is extended to about 10 days.

Sugarbush in Vermont has deftly marketed to parents by appealing to their kids. The youngsters will find plenty of fun with kids’ pizza and movie nights, sunset groomer rides, holiday cookie decorating, a dog sled demonstration, and a kids’ cooking class among others.

Blue Mountain Resort, with the highest vertical in Pennsylvania, has most of its trails open, with snow tubing now available. The Blue Mountain Resort Holiday Camp is now being offered for kids that want to get into racing.

Resort President Barbara Green told SnoCountry.com that her resort season is off to a great start, thanks to the weather. “The weather has been ideal to get our base ready for the holidays and beyond,” she said. “With all the cold weather we’ve had so far the conditions have been fabulous. We anticipate having every trail open by New Year’s.”

Whiteface Mountain, near Lake Placid in New York’s Adirondacks, will offer ski jumping under the lights on Dec. 29, followed by a fireworks display. This will be followed by Skate into the New Year on the Olympic Oval on Dec. 31 at 10:30 p.m. The holiday ends with Island Madness Jan. 5 with discounted tickets for all day skiing and boarding.

New Year’s Eve at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills will have its’ own fireworks as well, starting with a kid’s torchlight parade, followed by the main torchlight parade down the mountain. Fireworks will follow immediately. Then sidle up to your table at Van Winkle’s Restaurant (518-263-4223 x 3026) for a special New Year’s menu. It’s prix fixe and reservations are needed.

Beech Mountain in North Carolina, the highest community in the eastern United States at more than 5,500 feet, presents its Yule Log celebration on Dec. 28. Board a hay wagon and tour Beech Mountain by starlight.

The resort’s Buckeye Recreation Center helps close 2013 with all the fixings, including food, games, music and a kid-friendly countdown. It’s all free, and promises to end by 9 p.m. That gives you time to move the party to Beech Mountain, where you can ring in 2014 with live music, midnight skating, a champagne toast and other festivities.

Extended eastern weather looks favorable for the continuation of snowmaking toward the south, coupled with the addition of some natural snow in the north. 

Photo: Blue Mountain Resort (Facebook)

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