Winter vacation spots prepping for the season

With the start of the holiday season just days away, winter vacation spots are preparing their facilitates and gearing up their people and their P-R for the upcoming onslaught of tourists.

Preparations at Snowshoe
Photo provided by Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Locations on TheTravelPro’s radar include the 11,000-acre Snowshoe Mountain Resort in the mid-Atlantic region, which is gearing up for a significant increase in snow based on forecasts that call for an earlier start to winter and more snow than usual.

“We’re forecasting an incredible lead up to Thanksgiving this year for ski areas from New England down to the Southeast,” Joe Bastardi, meteorologist with Weatherbell Analytics, explained in a statement. “[The] week leading up to Thanksgiving will be as good as it gets with more snow for Snowshoe and other regional ski areas.”

As one might expect, resort officials are pleased by the prediction.

“For those of us in the ski business that’s exactly what we’re hoping to hear,” Frank DeBerry, COO and president of Snowshoe Mountain Resort, said. “We’ve enjoyed two decent snow seasons in a row, but we’re excited by models for this winter which point to as much as 167% of the average annual snow totals.”

Other weather experts agree that a robust ski season is in the offing.

“Expect a very active January and February,” Rob Guarino, chief forecaster and meteorologist,, added. “Best powder and snowiest month is expected to be this January.”

Snowshoe will open for the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season on Wednesday, November 26th and remain open through Sunday, April 5th.

American Falls
North of the border, Falls Avenue Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario is offering some holiday magic for stays between December 19 and January 4, 2015 with a Hotel Waterpark package that includes tickets to the resort's climate-controlled, indoor water park.

Falls Avenue Resort is a 20-acre entertainment complex that offers stunning views of the majestic Niagara Falls. Properties on the resort include the Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, Hard Rock Café, Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.

Falls Avenue Resort is interconnected by indoor walkways, so guests needn’t brave the sometimes-harsh Ontario winter weather to get to and from the entertainment, attractions, and dining options that the resort has to offer.

Horseshoe Falls from the resort
The package includes four, two-day passes to the three-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark that features 16 waterslides, a wave pool, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, and 84-degree temperatures.

The package also includes tickets to a magic show, miniature golf, bumper cars, and other attractions. It also offers Kids Eat Free Dinner at the Fallsview Buffet or Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, and a free Volcano Dessert at the Rainforest Café with a CAN$40 minimum spend..

The Hotel Waterpark package is available at the Sheraton on the Falls, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, Skyline Inn, and Clifton Victoria Inn.

Packages start at CAN$179, or can be purchased without waterpark access but with tickets to the other attractions starting at CAN$99.

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