Thanksgiving is typically when many Midwest ski resorts hope to open for the season, and a number of destination resorts are right on schedule. If you’re ready to kick-start the season with a ski trip, check them out. Most are offering early season discounted lift tickets and lodging rates, plus turkey dinners.
Lutsen Mountains brings the North Shore Holiday Package Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 28-Dec. 1, including half-price lodging and half-price lift tickets. The New Standards holiday concert will be live at Papa Charlie’s Friday and Saturday night, tickets sold separately. Early season discounts include skiing two days for the price of one, or bring a friend for the day. The tickets, $36 each, can be purchased online, and are valid Nov. 23-24; Nov. 28-Dec. 1; Dec. 7-8 and 13-20. Daily lift rates this season are adult (13+) $72 and child (6-12) $57.
Boyne Mountain plans to reopen for Thanksgiving weekend. The resort will be hosting a variety of activities over the holidays, including Zipline Adventure Tours, horseback trail rides, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Michigan beer and wine tasting events, holiday open houses and a Santa Parade on Friday in downtown Boyne City. Everett’s will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet. Lodging rates start at $139. Early season lift rate is $25.
Crystal Mountain plans to be open Thanksgiving. They are hosting Thanksgiving Family Reconnect Weekend with planned activities including, a Turkey Vulture 5K run/walk, Thanksgiving Day buffet, lighting the resort for the holidays, and Holiday Trail Celebration. The resort’s Unlimited Ski & Ride package special will be available that weekend. Stay two nights and a third night is free. Rates start at $139 per adult, per night, based on double occupancy. Kids eight and under sleep, ski/ride and eat breakfast free anytime.
Indianhead Mountain iopens Friday, Nov. 29, and will remain open weekends through early December. You can save up to half-off on lodging specials, and an online, pre-season lift ticket sale is $59 for two days or $84 for three days.
Treetops Resort plans on being open for Thanksgiving weekend and is offering lift and lodging packages starting from $249 that includes two nights lodging for up to four people.
Shanty Creek, weather permitting, plans on offering $25 early season lift tickets over Thanksgiving holidays and a lift and lodging package starting from $83 per adult, per night. It includes a day of skiing/riding, a ski clinic and one breakfast.
Granite Peak plans to open Thanksgiving for the season. The resort, through prime lodging locations in Wausau, is offering 3 for 2 lift and lodging packages. Ski and stay Friday and Saturday night and get Sunday for free. Wausau events over Thanksgiving weekend include the Festival of Trees.
Devil’s Head Resort plans to open for the season Friday, Nov. 29, and is offering half-price lift tickets for the weekend and $60 hotel rooms that can sleep up to six people.
Chestnut Mountain is planning to open Nov. 29 and offering $20 lift tickets through Dec. 13. A pre-season lodging special, Nov. 29-Dec. 19, is $109 per room, per night, based on double occupancy. A two-night stay is required over weekends.
Caberfae Peaks is looking to open Nov. 29. Sleep and ski packages start from $69 per person, per night.
Ski Brule, open for the season, will be hosting its 23rd annual Thanksgiving Race Camp Nov. 27-Dec. 1. Fees are $60 per day or $220 all four days. Stay four nights over the holidays and the first night is half-price. Advanced lift tickets, good anytime throughout the season, are currently $35 online through Dec. 24. The daily window rate this season will be $45 for an adult lift ticket.
All is dependent on the weather, but snowmaking forecasts look good heading into this weekend and through early next week. An arctic cold front with some of the coldest weather of the season will spill across the upper Midwest. Be sure and check SnoCountry.com condition reports before heading for the hills.
Photo: Boyne Mountain (Boyne Mt.)