Sean, again, good idea. Wish I could help, but I am pretty much a newbie wanting to read about them!
I could tell you what we do for our pool & equipment, etc. in SC, but that would not help anyone in a colder climate.
If no one decides to accept the mantle of responsibility to write, perhaps we could all chime in with our own versions. You would end up with lots and lots of "this is how I open/close my pool in Main Street, USA".
There are also plenty of differences by how far North you are and by preference as well. There are many workable ways to close a pool. I will try to write up the approach I use for my in-ground pool as soon as I have a moment.
I can go ahead and type up our process for closing an AG pool using a cover where a solid freeze is possible. Hows that? Those are the differing factors - someone who has an AG where it does not freeze or where a cover is not required would have a different procedure - also someone who has a skimmer cover/seal and does not drain partially. We drain partially.