Skiing season has arrived! For those of you who have already been able to hit the slopes, this blog won’t be news to you. But, for those of us who have yet to bundle up and pull your gear out of the garage, this blog is full of great information and good news. If you’re dying to get up on the mountain, here is everything you need to know for Thanksgiving Day at Vail, including a conditions report, forecast for this Thursday, and options for Thanksgiving meal options in Vail and Beaver Creek.
Those recent storms that have been causing traffic jams these past few weeks actually serve a purpose: The Vail area has received more than a foot of snow already! In addition to great snow, the weather has been perfect for snowmaking. Because of this, they were able to add additional terrain for for the season – nine lifts and 1,150 skiable acres were accessible for opening day last week (which is a record for the resort in the past decade). Chris Jarnot, the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain says that this opening day had the “most terrain we’ve had for opening day in years.”
Snow in the Forecast
Weather reports differ regarding the weather and chance of snow this Thursday. But, we do know that a snowstorm will pass through this week. Some reports say there is a 50% chance of snow on Thanksgiving in Vail. That means you may have some fresh powder for your first day! Be careful to plan your drive to the ski area, as road conditions may be rough. If possible, consider staying overnight in one of Vail or Beaver Creek’s many hotels, resorts, or lodges to avoid traffic and bad road conditions.
Après Ski: Thanksgiving Style
If you’re skiing or snowboarding on Thursday, then odds are you don’t want to head home and spend the rest of the evening making a Thanksgiving Day meal. If you’d still like to enjoy the traditional turkey feast, however, there are many options in Vail. Head to Flame Restaurant, where you can choose to stay and enjoy their Thanksgiving Feast in-house, or take it to-go. The feast includes a butter roasted free range turkey, pumpkin pie, and all the usual mouthwatering sides. There are many options for a Thanksgiving meal in Vail and Beaver Creek. Be sure to check out our ever-growing list!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving on the Slopes
Many people spend their Thanksgiving skiing. And, what better way to be thankful for this beautiful state where we live than to enjoy a day of fresh powder and ideal conditions in the mountains. We hope this update on the snow conditions, weather, and après skiing Thanksgiving meal options has been helpful. Have a happy Thanksgiving!