It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.

Skiers and snowboarders tingle with anticipation of winter, yet the weather will not cooperate with either natural snow or weather cold enough for sustained snowmaking.

Snowmakers across the region are ready to ply their trade, with an arsenal of guns suitable for every condition.

Some fortunate ski areas, located at higher elevations, among inland mountains, have opened. Others open bravely, then close as the hard won cover melts under relentless onslaught of warmth.

"Blecchhh," as Ebenezer Scrooge says in Charles Dickens' wonderful tale, A Christmas Carol.

He was speaking of Christmas, but let's apply his word to the too-warm weather that seems to have settled over the region until next weekend.

Yes, hope is there on the horizon, as the meteorologists tell us that deep cold will move into New England the weekend of Thanksgiving, with temps forecast to plunge into the teens. First, they say, we must suffer through the week leading into Thanksgiving.

The mountains of northern New England should be cold enough for snowmaking before then, at least overnight some nights.

Areas that invested in fan guns can make snow in slightly warmer temps, taking advantage of marginal conditions to lay down cover.

Smaller areas with efficient snowmaking systems and less terrain will likely offer skiing and snowboarding earlier.

Meanwhile, we watch the forecasts, check the thermometers, scan the skies for signs of snow, mutter to ourselves, and watch with envy as other parts of the country are hammered by cold and snow.

Life is not fair.

Take heart from the wisdom credited to Mark Twain: "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait."