Winter storm Blanche has brought some desperately needed dumpage to the northern half of the States, but despite that and the bright spot that is Whistler, it’s been a slow start to the snow season. “The first half of November was bone dry over the western U.S.,” wrote snow savant Tony Crocker, “and it was also too warm to make snow at most areas. Failures of Alta and Grand Targhee, bastions of reliability, to open for Thanksgiving, are huge red flags, as is the cancellation of the Beaver Creek World Cup first weekend of December.”

There’s still time—there’s always time, until there isn’t—but with 2016 on track for being another record warm year and La Niña settled into place, winter might be a dud. Which brings us to coping mechanisms, from denial to acceptance to distraction to medication. How do you deal?

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