This article originally appeared on Powder.com and was republished with permission.
<!– –>One of the sharpest cold-fronts in recent memory swept through the Rockies on September 8, pushing out heat and smoke and blanketing the west in snow. Coming from the northwest, this squall ripped through the Tetons, the Wasatch, and into Colorado, sweeping away scorching 100-plus-degree temperatures overnight.
The accompanying storm dropped up to a foot and a half of snow in some regions, which was desperately needed to quench massive wildfires ravaging much of the western U.S. The Bridger Foothills fire, which started Friday near Bozeman and Bridger Bowl, had burned 7,140 acres and resulted in the evacuation of at least 200 people as of Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Creek Fire, which has shut down summer operations in Mammoth Lakes and closed Inyo National Forest, has grown to over 144,000 acres in the last 48 hours.
Things have been feeling a little topsy-turvy lately. In times like this, we’re tempted to lean into pathetic fallacy—the idea that natural elements, namely the weather, have human emotions. Specifically that the skies are manifesting all of the pent-up anxiety and anguish this year has brought and unleashing it from the heavens. Just us? We didn’t think so.
While all signs point to this snow melting before it becomes base, ski areas celebrated with much hype on their social media pages. In Jackson, Wyoming, moose are frolicking in the fresh powder, while wise guys are already asking Snowbird officials if Mineral Basin is open. While snow flurries accumulated up high in Utah, Hurricane-force winds ripped through Salt Lake City causing wide-spread power outages.
Early snow is dangerous, but we could all use a little hype for a ski season that, when it comes, will look different than any we’ve ever experienced. So here’s a little zen for you in the form of fresh September snow.
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