Why Go: Separated by just five miles of mountain road, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin can both be skied on the same day pass, as well as the Vail Resorts Epic Pass. And both are among the first ski areas in the U.S. to open each winter. A-Basin typically opens in mid-October, while Keystone is set to open on Nov. 2 this year. To start, skiing is on mostly manmade snow, but the resorts’ high elevation makes them susceptible to early season storms.
Deals: Book by Oct. 15 and get discounts on lift tickets and lodging at Keystone. You can also get 20 percent off lodging at Keystone if you book by Nov. 15. Discounted lift tickets are available at A-Basin through November.
Don’t Miss: A-Basin will be hosting a Monster Bash Halloween party on Oct. 27 and a full moon randonée dinner at Black Mountain Lodge on Nov. 24. Keystone features a rail jam and ski/snowboard movie festival the weekend of Nov. 3-4.