We finally got the first snow of the 2011–2012 winter. I got out early on Saturday and set tracks on most of the paths at Fox Island, with double tracks on the wider ones. We had the busiest day of rentals we have had in a couple seasons. Sunday morning I went in early and skied most of the trails, the fun ones more than once. The owls were quite talkative on Sunday just before sunrise, and all five types of woodpeckers that frequent the park showed up sometime during the day. There were a few spots I had to shovel snow onto, but the trails were in amazingly good condition for the number of people who had skied them. The warm front was delayed enough to ski all day. But overnight a warm front came in with a thunderstorm, and now the snow is gone and I’m dreaming of winter again.