At the suggestion of Trekchic, I am starting this thread as a continuation of the "Who's Still Skiing and Where" ( http://www.epicski.com/t/112111/who-is-still-skiing-and-where/270#post_1497658 ) thread for people to post about their first skiing of the new season.
I know there has been some ski areas opening in Colorado & more will soon. Squaw was going to open Searchlight chair for the day & maybe some others will follow suit. The west has just experienced a big early, early season storm. This has happened a number of times over the years, pre-Holloween skiing is not common but certainly not unheard of.
In my neighborhood the mountains above 7500' received up to 3.5' of snow! Yesterday I headed up for some skin laps & although the snow was ultra deep, it was even deeper today!
Today with another 12" of lake effect over yesterdays heavier 24", it was almost more work going down then hiking up:
This is by far the most people I have ever seen out pre-season working for turns. I have been doing this stuff for decades & it is rare that I see more than one or 2 others... Times are changing, good to see people that aren't afraid of a little deep breathing.
Usually an early storm like this doesn't mean much for the upcoming season, but this is a significant amount that will assure some good base for the areas that got the goods.