Mountain communities received their first substantial snowfall of the season this past week. In the Lake Tahoe area, what was bare ground last Sunday evening was covered in white come Monday morning.

By Tuesday afternoon skiers and riders were getting face shots from Sugar Bowl to Kirkwood. After a few more inches fell Wednesday into Thursday, some locales claimed more than three feet of new snow from the storm.

The skiing has been been nothing short of fantastic. Most users have been sticking to ski resorts that allow uphill travel. Squaw Valley turned a lift for a good cause on Thursday. The energy from those who've accepted Mother Nature's change in the weather has electrified anyone who's been in the area all week.

Even though it's not yet Halloween, many Lake Tahoe snowsliders have enjoyed at least one, and as many as five powder days as a result of this early season magic. While ski resorts hosted much of the action through the storms, by the end of the week terrain that's not usually skiable until December saw tracks. One can only hope that this is a sign of good things to come for Tahoe and the rest of ski country this winter.