Although there's been light snowfall at Big Mountain, Jackson, and Aspen, a quick look at the calendar will tell you that autumn has only just begun. Fall is the forgotten season at ski resorts but it's when the locals kick back, relax, and take advantage of deals.
From the storied foliage of Vermont to the laid-back pleasures of the Rockies, there's plenty to do for travelers anxious to get one last taste of the mountains before winter sets in. After all, this is summer's last hurrah, and the weather is typically cool but sunny. Fall brings incredible deals as well, as room rates bottom out.
Look for the East and West round-up of fall hot spots in the upper right related column.