The first flakes of the season have fallen across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, which signals the unofficial beginning of a winter we’ve all been yearning and planning for over the better part of the last seven months.
Ever since COVID-19 put an abrupt halt to the 2019-20 season in mid-March, skiers and riders have been aching to return to the hill, in whatever capacity possible. While the 2020-21 season will decidedly look — and feel — a lot different with limited capacities on lifts and in lodges, reservations, and advance ticketing purchases, the hurdles are only going to try and assure that we’re skiing well into, and past, March this time around.
So, when much of northern New England woke up to snow on the ground Saturday morning, it was easy to feel the fuel burning for those early starts in the mountains.
Here’s a roundup of how some of our favorite spots looked with their first signs of winter.