This newbie skiier grew up on The Great Plains. On the wide open and harsher plains, snow loses its novelty soon after early childhood and quickly becomes synonymous with wind and cold and general unpleasantness.
Who knew when I hit the slopes for the first time last season that I would come to rejoice at the sight of fresh fluff falling to the earth? Snow accumulating on the ground on the Front Range means even more snow in the mountains. And I couldn’t be happier. Early snow reports list 3″ at Loveland, 3″ at A-Basin, and a massive 16″ inches at Snowmass (unfortunately not open until 11/23/2006).