Ski season around the corner as snow arrives at Stevens Pass

Locals and visitors alike enjoy early snow at Stevens Pass Resort. ( KOMO News)

STEVENS PASS, Wash. -- Mountain passes in Western Washington got a little more snow than expected overnight on Thursday. Although it meant tricky driving conditions early on, most welcomed the sighting of snow.

By midday Friday, Highway 2 was cleared, which opened the door for folks to come and enjoy the snow.

The first big snowfall of the season means different things to different people.

For Chris Danforth with the Stevens Pass Resort, the recent snow is a reminder that ski season is right around the corner.

"We woke up this morning and came to work to six inches to a foot of new snow," Danforth said.

Just last week, workers were still cutting back brush on the slopes and adding new glades before the new snowfall came.

Danforth said he and other workers spent a lot of time on trail maintenance getting the resort ready to open.

"(We are) getting trails (ready) so we need less snow to open them, so we can open earlier with less snow and still have a great sliding surface," Danforth said.

For Ryan Maker, the ski and snowboard season already arrived as he tried to lay down a few turns in the snow Friday.

"I saw the Stevens Pass webcam and was like, it looks like there's enough snow," Maker said. "It was pretty shallow, being Friday the 13th it was definitely a spooky snow pack...there was definitely some part of a branch attached to my binding."

For others, this snow was their first.

Katelyn Wollard is visiting family in the area from Florida.

"We saw it was snowing and I was like, 'we gotta go'," Wollard said.

It was also the first time in the snow for puppy Duke, who wasted no time playing with the other dogs who came to enjoy the snow.

The first snow means many things. Time to wax your skies, time to put chains back in your car and time to act like a kid again.

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