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Ski season has officially started, y’all

It’s that time of year again: ski resorts across the Twin States are opening their doors to kick off the 2017-18 season.

VERMONT

Stowe Mountain Resort shared a few photos on Instagram (above) commemorating today’s opening. The account previously had featured photos of the mountain’s snowmaking efforts in the lead-up to Friday.

Killington Resort, which began making snow about two weeks ago and opened in the middle of last week, has received the OK to proceed with the women’s World Cup, which will be held at the ski area over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-26.

The International Ski Federation on Thursday gave the resort “the official snow control notice, which confirms the slalom and giant slalom racing will go on as planned.” The announcement also assures race teams and fans that the competition will take place, according to a local roundup brief published in today’s Valley News.

Woodstock’s Suicide Six, set to open on Monday, Dec. 18, will round out ski-area openings in Vermont.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Per its website, the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme Center will open on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Mount Sunapee Resort, meanwhile, is gearing up to open on Wednesday, Nov. 22, according to a Facebook post.

And Storrs Hill Ski Area in Lebanon is readying for its season opening, though no official date has been set. In a news release posted to its Facebook page on Thursday, the ski area announced it has finished the installation of stainless steel tracks on its 25- and 50-meter ski jumps, completing the first phase of a project that began earlier this year. The project’s second phase, which will include a final grade for the landing hills, is expected to begin in the spring. The new ski jump tracks put the Lebanon Outing Club, which operates the ski area, one step closer to offering year-round training, according to an August Valley News story. Read the release below.

Happy June! Wanna hit the slopes?

Ahh, June. It evokes images of plentiful sunshine and bright colors, maybe even the beach. With its arrival comes the comfort of knowing that summer is just around the corner.

UNLESS YOU LIVE IN VERMONT, WHERE THERE’S STILL SNOW BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE.

That’s right — snow is still kicking around the Green Mountain State, mostly because it gets cold AF at night. (And sometimes during the days, too. It’s been chilly in the Upper Valley the past couple of weeks!)

Anyway, if you’ve been slow to put your skis away for the season, you’re in luck: Killington Ski Resort is open today (June 1), and lift tickets are free. #wootwoot

Behold, the pile of snow that refuses to die.

No, not that Snow. Do you know nothing?

WCVB-TV reports that Killington has been stockpiling snow in anticipation of one last hurrah, and the time has come.

Judging from the Facebook comments and replies, Killington’s staff has been super enthusiastic about this, pledging T-shirts for the first couple hundred or so guests and promising to print up ski tickets that say June 1 (you know, as a momento. It’s not every day you get to ski in June, after all).