October weather is always a mixed bag in the Colorado Rockies. We enjoyed sunshine and 70-degree temperatures on Saturday, a downpour and rainbow on Monday, and fresh snow on Tuesday.

I loved every minute of it.

The funny thing about living in a ski town is I feel equal parts excitement and dread for winter this time of year. Summer in the mountains is short, and I relish every sunny and warm day we get. But when the snow starts to stick around in November, it’s hard not to get more than a little giddy.

Today’s fresh snow on Storm Peak and the surrounding mountains created a buzz of excitement around town. Winter is coming.

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Fall is such a fun time of year in the mountains. Even after the leaves have dropped, the cooler days make it a great time to get outside and hit the trails before they’re covered in snow.

Even on the chilly days, I love to stay inside, watch football (Go Broncos!) and make a pot of soup. Just the smell of simmering homemade soup can warm you right up. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can try this turkey pot pie recipe from Four Points Lodge.

I’ve also been testing out Steamboat-themed pumpkin carving patterns, which you can download here. Unfortunately, I burned all of my pumpkin seeds, so I guess I’ll have to try again this weekend. If you’re browsing pumpkin seed recipes in the coming weeks, look for one that calls for boiling the seeds before baking them. The shells will be more crispy and less chewy. Good luck!

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Nicole Miller, social media specialist

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