First snow

The hills and trees have their powdered-sugar-dusted look, and this is the first snow to stay on the ground. Yesterday we could see a couple of small spot fires up by the lodge sending up some smoke, but knowing there was moisture in the forecast they weren't a worry. A few years ago it seemed we eased into Winter from Fall; rain and a gradual cool down during October before the first snow that didn't melt away, but these days it just seems to suddenly appear.