Snow is in the air! In the past seven days, ski areas from New England to the Rockies have checked in with About.com to let us know that Mother Nature is starting winter early this year. In New England, an early-season snowstorm in higher elevations left 25" atop Stowe, while Killington picked up 14" and Okemo nabbed nearly 12" (according to a friend's eye-witness account).
Killington's snow report is hyping their upcoming snowmaking operations ("as conditions permit"), as are most other resort's across the Northeast. Out West, Loveland has already begun making snow with the hope of being the first ski area open in the U.S. yet again. Eyewitness reports from other friends point to natural snowfalls at areas like Vail, Breckenridge and Copper as well.
These reports all point to one thing - Winter is fast approaching, and has begun in all the right places across the country. Unlike last year, which saw late starts to the ski and snowboard season in many areas, this year's La Nina conditions are ripe for a great season. It's about time to start waxing those boards!