And so it begins...

The tangible stoke in the air feels familiar, but something about this ski season seems promising. Sure, you've heard that before, but have you seen shots of ski patrol ripping powder in September like this one taken at Silverton this week?

For more where that came from, check out our first snowfall gallery that we'll be updating with eye candy as opening days approach.

PHOTO GALLERY: SNOW FALLING, SKI SEASON NEARING