Seattle’s closest ski area—The Summit at Snoqualmie--sits less than an hour away in the Cascade Mountains. That’s one reason to buy a season pass for this winter. Buying a season pass by Oct. 31, 2012 can also save you a few dollars thanks to the annual fall season pass sale.

The Summit at Snoqualmie sells four types of season passes, each with their own perks. You can even buy one that adds on free ski days at Crystal Mountain.

The Big S Unlimited pass can get you on the slopes as much as you want. It is valid for lift access at Snoqualmie West, Central, East and Alpental. The pass also includes unlimited use of the Nordic center trails, discounts at the tubing center and discounts through the Big S Club. The adult pass costs $399.

The Big S Gold pass is basically an unlimited pass with ski days at other resorts added to it. Gold passholders get five free days to ski or ride Crystal Mountain and 10 days of free skiing or 50 percent off lift tickets at some of the other Boyne resorts in North America. The adult pass costs $529.

The Big S L-T-D pass is valid for unlimited use at the three Snoqualmie ski areas, but limited at Alpental to weekday skiing only, with weekend skiing at Alpental still available at a discounted rate. The adult pass costs $329.

The Night pass is good for skiing any day after 4 p.m. Night skiing and riding is available only at Summit Central, Summit West and Alpental. One rate--$229—is good for all ages.

Starting Nov. 1, all pass rates will increase by $10-50. You can buy season passes for the Summit at Snoqualmie here.