Just like every winter in Steamboat is different, every fall has it’s own unique character. Some years, it stays warm until Thanksgiving before the floodgates open and winter sets in. Some years, we get early snow and you can hike the mountain for early turns. This year has been a little of both.

Now that the trails are dry and the afternoons are warm, it’s hard to believe that there was 20″of snow on top of Mount Werner just a few weeks ago. Fall snow storms tend to come in quick and leave a dusting of snow on the changing leaves, but this one stuck around and left us a full-on powder day. I didn’t manage to get my split board out for any turns, but some of the die-hard skiers and riders left their marks on the mountain in the days after the storm.

Riding through Rough Rider Basin.

Even though we’ve already had our first taste of winter, there is still plenty of fall fun to be had this year. The summer activities are still open for one more weekend, so it’s not too late to get your mountain biking fix or just enjoy a lazy afternoon at the base playing mini-golf. The biking trails are in great shape and the weather is perfect for riding. I rode up Valley View yesterday and was treated to some amazing views and solitude on the trail. Aside from my dog darting in and out of the grass around me, I was almost alone on the mountain.

Just me and my dog

For a lot of us here in Steamboat, fall is a time of anticipation: waiting for the bottomless powder days, for the great times at apres ski and for the magic of winter in the Boat. Even though a part of me is looking forward to winter, these cobalt blue skies and cool temps let me know that there is plenty of fall left to enjoy.

Dan Tullos, snowboarder

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