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Finding Off-Beat Ways To Celebrate Holidays In The Hills

Santa-Rappel-JH Adventurous Santa will rappel out of the tram at Jackson Hole. (Jackson Hole/Facebook)

Christmas in the mountains runs deep with traditions. But a number of resorts try to work outside the box and be creative with their celebrations.

SnoCountry.com explored mountain Christmas beyond the torchlight parades, Santa skiing and ugly sweater contests to come up a list of off-beat ways to make merry.

Check out the holiday night skies through telescope at Northstar. (Northstar Tahoe/Facebook)

Check out the stars (the ones in the sky) at Northstar’s Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe with conversations about astronomy and the cosmos, poetry readings and a chance to view through strong telescopes.

Trace the turns of earliest Olympians at Grandlibakken. (Grandlibakken/Facebook)

Ski back in history by joining the Christmas Eve torchlight parade at Granlibakken and follow the same route that ski jumpers did in 1932 Olympic Trials. Torches provided and you must be at least at intermediate level.

Santa sometimes arrives in unusual ways for the holiday season. At Snowbird, jolly St. Nick will rappel out of the Snowbird Tram on Christmas Eve, while his Park City counterpart will ride down The Town Lift with his bag of treats. Up in Jackson Hole, Santa clips the carabiner and “drops in” off the tram.

Over in Colorado, Santa’s arrival on horseback is befitting the ranching/cowboy culture of Steamboat.

At several areas, dress like Santa and ski or ride for free. (mtnhigh.com)

At Idaho’s Lookout Pass and California’s Mountain High, come dressed as Santa or Mrs. Claus and get a free lift ticket.

Classic performance on ice and in theater in Sun Valley. (Sun Valley/Facebook)

No better place to enjoy the special traditions of Christmas than at iconic Sun Valley. There’s a screening of holiday madcap classic, “Sun Valley Serenade” and, on Christmas Eve, an ice show with professional skaters twirling to the classic “Skating in a Winter Wonderland.”

Celebrate the holidays with a passel of Disney characters, who will show up at the Heavenly Village skating rink Dec. 26-31 from 4-7 p.m. every evening.

At Mammoth Mountain, join Olympic alpine skier Stacey Cook for a women-only evening Dec. 27, including sunset snowshoeing for hot toddies and cheese fondue, finishing off at Tamarack Lodge for dessert fondue and more hot toddies.






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