The winds of winter (huge Game of Thrones Fan) have blown through our little mountain town, and the snow is finally starting to melt some. It seems like this Saturday was the first time that we have seen the sun in about five years. It has really only been three weeks, but when there is no sun, who can tell? So, let’s recap this year of snowfall.

In the 12 years that I have been living in this winter wonderland, this is the most snow I have ever seen. Since 2006, the levels of snowfall have been falling and falling to the point that each year we have asked ourselves if we would see a single flake fall to the ground in 12 months’ time. Whether this is due to global warming, or just some weird trend in the weather, it was happening.

Thankfully, Old Man Winter heard my prayers and came back to the valley with a vengeance.

This year alone, we have seen over 270 inches of snow, which is almost unheard of in Sun Valley’s 80 year history. This has created awesome ski opportunities, both Nordic and downhill. It seems like every weekend we have had fresh powder to shred, and three feet of snow to clean off of our windshields every morning. On the Nordic side of things, conditions have never been better. You have never really felt true peace until you have spent a Sunday afternoon gliding in between the trees of a high mountain forest, with fresh, huge flakes falling around you.

The snow has also caused a massive benefit to our economy. Tourists have been flooding to Sun Valley, and personally, I think it’s great. I hate it when the town is all quiet and no one is walking the sidewalks, or eating at the restaurants, or looking in at the shops. It really does get quite dull. The snow really has been fantastic this year.

And don’t worry, we’ll all soon be making our prayers to old man winter to double the load next year.