WORDS & PHOTOS: Brooks Curran
Snow came early and in abundance to the hills of Vermont this fall. The month of November looked a whole lot more like February, and in its wake left a record setting snow depth at the Mount Mansfield stake with 46". Resorts were caught on their back foot scrambling to capitalize on the fresh blanket.
Thanks to community support and employees who got an early call to work, smaller mountains like Magic recorded their earliest opening ever, and Mad River Glen spun the lifts 3 weeks ahead of schedule with access to 100 percent of their terrain.
Weeks of snow covered trails and trees provided human powered access to seemingly endless untracked terrain. Consistently cool temperatures and falling flakes made the loud powder base (typically associated with even the best days of east coast skiing) particularly hard to find.
Those that were willing to work for it were treated to a seasons worth of fresh turns all well before the calendar marks Winter. No matter how you slice it Snowvember in Vermont was one to remember.