If you really want to get in the holiday spirit, head to the hills in December.
Whether it’s a day trip to your local mountain or a getaway to a larger resort, you’ll find slopes and trails covered in white, colorful decorations, holiday-themed events and attractions, plenty of good cheer and loads of special activities. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than enjoying all of this with friends and family.
Early season skiing and snowboarding are part of the mix also. With many areas opening in mid-November and state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming, there’s plenty to be excited about. Here is a sampling of events and activities in snow country this holiday season.
Okemo Mountain Resort ramps up the holidays with a full schedule of events. Dec. 15 is the kickoff date for the Vertical Challenge, a fun and casual race series held throughout the East for adults and kids. Racers are divided by age and gender and compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. It’s also Demo Day. You can grab a pair of the latest skis or a snowboard and take some test runs for free. On Dec. 22, Santa makes a pre-Christmas appearance at Jackson Gore to visit with children, make sure they’re behaving and hear any last-minute requests. The next day, he will be on the slopes with his elves, handing out balloons and spreading good cheer before heading off to the North Pole to begin his journey ’round the world. On Christmas Eve the Jackson Gore Roundhouse will be the setting for a candlelight service and traditional caroling. And on Christmas Day the resort’s mascot, Calvin the Catamount, and his troupe of friends will be out on the hill ready to join your group for a run or two. Cookies and crafts, a torchlight parade and fireworks, movies, a presentation by VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science) bringing live raptors to Jackson Gore for an up-close look at birds of prey, and several other activities for both adults and kids round out the vacation period. And a family New Year’s Eve celebration, wrapping up the festivities, gets an early start so everyone will be ready to hit the slopes the next day.