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Kicking off the snow season in Vermont

An image of Mt. Mansfield in Vermont hidden behind the first snowfall of the season in October
Our first “white wall” of the season

We’ve had a pleasant, mild, and relatively dry fall season so far in Vermont, and the only frozen precipitation of note was some ice back in September.  That all changed this week however, as more seasonable temperatures moved in along with some moisture.  The first reports of snow started to appear on Tuesday, with Jay Peak revealing some white accumulations, and by yesterday evening, Powderfreak sent in a picture of snow falling down to the 1,500’ base elevation of Stowe Mountain Resort.  The snow levels really dropped overnight though, with reports coming in this morning of snow accumulations in some of the valleys.  From there it was off to the races with updates as the world woke up, with more reports and pictures of snow in the local valleys and at the ski resorts.  Around midday I saw snowfall descend on Mt. Mansfield, and there were some heavy bouts of snow captured on the web cams at Stowe Mountain ResortEyewall got a beautiful shot of the snow falling up at Bolton Valley, and Powderfreak posted nice images of the snow in Smuggler’s Notch and the base of the Stowe GondolaJay Peak even put together an artistic video of the falling snow, and it really gave you that feel of the season’s first event.  As of this evening, the report from the Mt. Mansfield stake was indicating 3 inches of snow depth, but with the way it’s continued to snow this evening, there will likely be more out there by tomorrow.  The forecast looks decent for additional snow this weekend as a clipper system moves through, and snow could continue even into next weekKillington opened with lift served skiing today, and if the forecasts are on track, I suspect we’re quickly going to see people out there on other mountains with sliding tools on their feet.

For an extended follow up on our October snows, head to the full report on the snow that affected the valleys on October 26th.