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. 1 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 Nov. 1 and get 50-percent off lodging at Keystone. Discounted lift tickets are available at A-Basin through November.
Don’t Miss: A-Basin will be hosting their first Rise & Shine Rando race at Black Mountain Lodge on Dec. 6. Keystone features a rail jam on Nov. 16.