Golden Aspens, Early Snow and It’s Still Summer in Colorado

Everyone living and vacationing in Colorado’s White River National Forest woke to a special treat this morning – snow. It’s hard to believe that it’s still summer despite the mountains being almost completely washed in autumn gold. Even harder to believe is that last night’s drop in temperature mixed with early morning precipitation brought snow to the Colorado high country. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire day.

Snow on the Grand Traverse – Gore Range Mountains, Colorado

This coming weekend is the ten year anniversary of my first visit to Colorado and looking at my photographs from this morning’s shoot you can probably understand why we were inspired to relocate to Eagle County after that trip. Autumn in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is unbelievable. And early. As a native New Englander I’m always surprised by how early Colorado’s aspens begin their annual display. There are still five more days left of summer but up here in the mountains there’s no doubt that autumn has arrived. So if you’re wondering when Colorado’s peak foliage will be, it’s this weekend.

Golden Peak – Vail Mountain

Fall has always been a special time of year for me and since moving to Colorado it’s continued to remain one of my favorite seasons. Backpacking through forests of shocking gold aspens, early snow above 10,000 feet and the promise of another amazing winter season are just a few reasons why autumn in the Rockies is hard to beat. Seeing snow at PHQ on Vail Mountain this morning was such a great way to start the week and a reminder that in about a month we’ll once again be skiing and riding in Colorado.

Aspens and Early Snow – Vail, Colorado

Here’s hoping Ullr is kinder to us mountain people than he was last season. Happy autumn!