With resorts in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico opening this week, it’s a perfect excuse to share an early winter bounty with your family.

Book a four-night stay at one of Durango’s mountainside properties throughout the season, and kids will ski free every day. Weekend warriors can catch a break with affordable lodging packages in Ogden, Utah that include lift tickets to Snowbasin Resort. Red River Ski Area and Taos Ski Valley also have a few ways to save bucks at the ticket window when you come to visit, starting Thanksgiving Day.