Some people think winter doesn't begin until snow is piling up in their driveways. When in fact, come December, the ski resorts are in full-on winter mode. And it's a good thing. If they weren't thinking of winter ahead of crowd, they'd never think to offer such killer savings in the early season, like staying two nights and getting the third free at Wisp Resort; offering overnight escapes to Wintergreen from just $81 or selling pre-paid savings cards at Shawnee Mountain to save skiers and riders money throughout the season. Praise winter.