It happens fast, winter. One day, the mountains are brown. The next morning, they’re white. Sit down with a cup of coffee and watch the snow accumulate in inches per hour on the front porch. Pull on the long johns, socks, and layers. Helmet, goggles, gloves, boots, skis, poles—check. Warm up the car. Fishtail onto the highway—ease off the brakes. Do you remember how to drive in a snow storm? It’s been a while; we know. But it doesn’t take long to get back into the routine. Ski resorts across the country are open for business. Mammoth Mountain opened earlier this month with some of the best conditions in years. After slamming California, those storms moved on and passed through Vail and Grand Targhee. Get a sampling of the fever in a gallery with photos by Christian Pondella, Jeff Cricco, and Greg Von Doersten. And if you need more heavenly storm day photos to calm the nerves, browse through the Storm Dispatch galleries of the best days of last year.