The folks at Vail Resorts wanted us (and you) to know that the white stuff is coming down on the other side of the Continental Divide. From a press release emailed today:

In Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, the golden leaves had a dusting of white this morning after September’s first measurable snowfall. The snow continues to fall in Breckenridge and the forecast is calling for precipitation on and off for the rest of the day. If this early snowfall is an indication, we are gearing up for a great snow year in Colorado.

Opening day at Breckenridge and Keystone is just 53 days away with the lifts firing up Friday, Nov. 9. At Vail, the season gets underway Friday, Nov. 16 and Beaver Creek opens Wednesday, Nov. 21

Here’s a picture for all you snow bunnies (click for larger version):