Seems like it’s happening everywhere now. Cold storms are marching through North America and Europe and teasing the sh#t outta skiers. Reality may reveal that we aren’t likely skiing for another 60 days. Yet, you never know. Many of us have skied balls deep powder in October. It’s not unheard of... Europe Gets First Snow of 2011/12 | September 18th, 2011 | Chamonix, France | Unofficial Networks

Europe Gets First Snow of 2011/12 | September 18th, 2011 | Chamonix, France

Europe Gets First Snow of 2011/12 | September 18th, 2011 | Chamonix, France

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Europe Gets First Snow of 2011/12 | September 18th, 2011 | Chamonix, France

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This photo comes from the 11,338 feet at Helbronner Point near the aiguille du midi in Chamonix, France on September 18th, 2011 at 10:50am local time

It seems like it’s happening everywhere now. Cold storms are marching through North America and Europe and teasing the sh#t outta skiers. Reality may reveal that we aren’t likely skiing for another 60 days.  Yet, you never know.  Many of us have skied balls deep powder in October.  It’s not unheard of…

So, is all this early snow a sign?  Maybe. There’s a lotta years where zones get early snows that melt away and have absolutely zero effect on the ski season. On the dark side, some zones like Colorado can get completely hosed by early snows.  In CO, an early snow can mean a rotten, persistent, weak layer in the snowpack that lasts until spring.

Regardless of what these early snows will actually signify, they’ll do one thing for certain:  get us fired up for ski season.

Suck it Summer, Winter is Coming.

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