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Most Midwest Destinations Plan To Be Open Thanksgiving Weekend

Indianhead looks across valleyThanksgiving is typically when Midwest ski areas hope to open for the season, and many are right on schedule. If you’re ready to kick-start the season with a ski trip, here’s a sampling of lift and lodging packages at selected ski resorts.

Lutsen Mountains has already opened. “Our opening last Saturday, Nov. 15, was the earliest since 1998,” Lutsen's Jim Vick told SnoCountry. “I anticipate unprecedented conditions for the Thanksgiving holidays, and expect to have three mountains open with five or six lifts running.”

Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-30, the North Shore Holiday package includes half-price lodging, half-price lift tickets, and half-off rentals. It starts from $114.  The New Standards holiday concert will be live at Papa Charlie’s Friday night, tickets sold separately, $18 advance, $24 at the door.  

Boyne Highlands has opened and Boyne Mountain plans to open Friday, Nov. 21. Boyne Mountain is 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 and holiday open houses. A ski and stay package starts from $125 per person, per night, double occupancy that also includes tubing. Highlands has a lift and lodging package starting from $118 per person, per night, double occupancy that also includes tubing and breakfast buffet.

Treetops Resort opens Saturday, Nov. 22. They are offering early season lift and lodging packages starting from $70 per person, per night, which includes lodging, skiing/riding and breakfast. Kids seven and under staying with parents/guardians, stay and ski free.     

Devil’s Head Resort is also opening Saturday and is offering early season half-price lift tickets and $60 hotel rooms that can sleep up to four people. They close during the week and reopen Friday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving weekend with the first rail jam of the season slated Saturday.

Granite Peak plans to reopen Nov. 22-23, close and reopen for the season on Thanksgiving. The resort, through prime lodging locations in Wausau, is offering 3 for 2 lift and lodging packages for the holiday weekend. Ski and stay Friday and Saturday night and get Sunday for free.

Chestnut Mountain opens this weekend, then closes and reopens Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, and is offering $20 lift tickets through Dec. 14. A pre-season lodging special, Nov. 28-Dec. 19, starts from $109 per room, per night, based on double occupancy. A two-night stay is required over weekends. Lift tickets are extra. It’s one of their earliest openings ever.

Crystal Mountain plans on opening Saturday, Nov. 22. They will be celebrating Thanksgiving Reconnect Weekend, Nov. 27-30. In addition to slope time there will be events and holiday-themed celebrations taking place. Bed and Breakfast packages are available. 

In Michigan’s UP Indianhead Mountain opens Friday, Nov. 28. They’ve received over five feet of snow so far in November. Indianhead is offering a 3 For 2 special, stay three nights for the price of two during the Thanksgiving holidays.

Ski Brule, the first resort in the Wolverine State to open for the season, will be hosting a Thanksgiving Race Camp for the 24th time Nov. 26-30. Fees are $60 per day or $220 all four days. Wednesday night lodging is half-price when you stay four nights over the Thanksgiving holidays.

With the early arrival of the Polar Vortex, it looks good for most ski areas across the upper Midwest to be open by Thanksgiving. If in doubt you can check any resort at SnoCountry.com by simply clicking on the state.

Photo: Indianhead has already received five feet of snow (Indianhead)




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