Don’t look now, but two of the most exciting times of the year will be upon us soon: Ski season and Halloween. What could be a better way to celebrate the holiday then by combining the two!
We’ve prepared a list of the best ski resorts to visit during Halloween across the country celebrating this spooky fall holiday with all sorts of parties, festivities and attractions. Step off your skis and right into some eerie entertainment this Halloween weekend at one of these three scary-fun resorts.
Red Lodge – Montana
For those looking for a picturesque way to spend their Halloween weekend, take a trip to Red Lodge, Montana. With four distinct, historic lodges to choose from, Red Lodge is a city full of history and beautiful sights. Did you know that Red Lodge is home to the oldest continuously operating ski club in the United States?
After a long day of shredding on the mountain, you can head into town to join in on some of the awesome activities that will be taking place for Halloween. Come October 31st, downtown will turn into a holiday hot-spot that includes a downtown trick-or-treat and music all throughout the town. There will be plenty for the little ones to partake in, with both a kids’ Halloween party and kids’ costume contest being held in town.
It may only be the beginning of ski season, but the temperatures may very well be getting chilly come Halloween, so make sure you’ve got a winter jacket to keep you warm as you crisscross your way around town heading to all these Halloween happenings.
Timberline – Oregon
If the Timberline Lodge gives you the creeps for some reason, you can thank the legendary Jack Nicholson film The Shining for that. Timberline Lodge, located on Mt. Hood in Oregon, was used in the filming of The Shining as the outside of the movie’s Overlook Hotel, so you know this is the perfect place to spend a spooky Halloween weekend.
Timberline has a jampacked Halloween activities schedule that has something for everyone. After a long day on the slopes, wind down first with some family-friendly fun. Starting at 6pm, guests can take part in a scavenger hunt, decorate cookies, carve pumpkins and create some creepy crafts. While you’re there, make sure to enjoy a candied apple and some of the other treats they’ll provide.
And when the sun starts to set, the fun is just getting started! Sundown marks the beginning of the costume contest; start thinking of ideas now, as the winner will receive $50 they can spend at the resort. Take the time to stop and listen to some of the ghost stories that will be being told, if you dare. After the kids finally fizzle out from their long day of fun, head to the adult-only late-night screening of The Shining and see the Timberline Lodge at its absolute creepiest.
Oh, and the skiing ain’t bad either! Timberline is the only ski area in North America that is open all twelve months of the year, boasting 3,690 vertical feet, the most in any place in the US Pacific Northwest.
Snowbasin – Utah
With over 3000 skiable acres and 3000 feet of vertical to explore, Snowbasin Resort in Utah has no shortage of snow to shred, that we know. As if that wasn’t enough, Snow Basin also goes all out with their Halloween celebration, making for one awesome weekend.
Friday night kicks off with their annual Halloween Party at Earl’s Lodge at 5:30pm. The party includes a costume contest, a dance-off, children’s games, prizes, and, of course, candy (plus a cash bar for the adults in attendance). The all-you-can-eat buffet will offer some delectable holiday-themed delicacies, such as the “Mummified Fish and Frog Legs”, “Mutant Space Rocks with Black Ooze” and a build-your-own “Mac and Scream” bar.
What’s even more horrifying than ghost, goblins and ghouls? A dead phone battery! (*gasp*) Don’t be caught dead during all the Spooktacular action this Halloween by bringing one of these convenient portable battery rechargers with you wherever the night takes you. You never know what might lurk around the corner this time of the year, so it’s best to be prepared.
Cranmore – New Hampshire
No snow, no problem. Even if it’s too early in the season to hit the hills, some ski resorts hold Halloween-related events and fun. One of the biggest such events is held by Cranmore Resort in New Hampshire. Their event, The Ghoullog, has been running for 10 years now and is one of the largest Halloween-themed attractions in the U.S. With an indoor haunted space that spans 15,000 sq. ft. of freights and takes 50 minutes to brave through, you’ll be screaming the whole way to the exit. There is also some family-friendly fun on the Haunted Playground, which has a mountain coaster, giant swing and zip line for some action-packed thrills.
For those who just can’t wait for the season to come, head to one of these haunted Halloween resorts for a ghostly good time. Before you go, make sure to head over to SKIS.com to get all the best gear at a price that’s frighteningly good!