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.
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Nothing gets us more excited for winter than the first snow on the Front5! This winter will be different, but that’s OK. We’re good at different. Have questions about this season? Tickets? Passes? The Tram? Ski School? Click link in bio for newly updated info on the 2020/21 season. #cannonismine #stillyourcannon
— Killington Resort (@KillingtonMtn) October 17, 2020
Our first peek into winter. #FirstSnow #Stowemt Photo: John Stafford
It is snowing on Mount Mansfield. First official snow of the season!Snow level is around 3,000ft with accumulations…
Winter obscuring the overlook #winteriscoming #gameon
Today's cold brew. pic.twitter.com/oQJbwYEz4b
— Jay Peak Resort (@jaypeakresort) October 17, 2020
Ready or not, here it comes! #snow #winteriscoming
Easton NH this morning. Just north of Woodstock. pic.twitter.com/vArOMT2gu8
— Terry Eliasen (@TerryWBZ) October 17, 2020
It may still be fall in your backyard, but it's winter in ours. Photo taken 10.17.20 @ 9:45am. pic.twitter.com/dDjK9rCjpK
— Waterville Valley Resort (@waterville) October 17, 2020
— NWS Burlington (@NWSBurlington) October 17, 2020