Boston Globe
Billy Baker

LINCOLN, N.H. — Used to be, New England winters were big snow years or low snow years — but never no snow years. The New England skier was not raised to consider snow an unreliable occurrence.

But after a winter with little more than trace amounts of snow, which followed a winter of record snowfalls, it is hard to have clear expectations as ski season begins...

...Joe Pascone, a 17-year-old from Connecticut whose family has a condo at Loon, said the strangest feeling heading into this season was the fear that warmer, snow-free winters might not be aberrations.

“The locals here depend upon snow for their livelihood,” he said, “and part of the reason they live here is to ski, and what’s scary is to see global warming firsthand, as a real, tangible idea.”