Early season is a time for areas to build snow depths on trails, and skiers to build fitness levels in legs that haven't felt ski trails underfoot since last spring. Go slow, build gradually and get ready for a long ski season.Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall began making snow last weekend, as seen in this photo, and hopes to open Nov. 30. Conditions: mohawkmtn.com.
Mount Southington in Southington projects opening on Dec. 8. Conditions: mountsouthington.com.
Woodbury Ski Area in Woodbury is in its second week of operations. Conditions:woodburyskiarea.com.