Among other things, autumn reminds us that our favorite season is just around the corner.
The foliage is just the first sign. What starts with changing leaves is suddenly followed by freezing mornings and first snows. So in anticipation of our second favorite season, here are the best mountain towns to catch fall foliage.
5) Park City, UT
Park City‘s best season may very well be the fall. The entire resort lights up with everything from green to yellow to red and taking your mountain bike on a foliage tour is a great way to spend an offseason afternoon.
4) Mont Tremblant, QUE
While Whistler’s fall colors are far from amazing, head east and you’ll find the foliage you seek. Beyond being one of Quebec’s best ski areas, Tremblant is a pleasure to visit in the fall when hiking, biking, and via ferrata are all in prime-time form.
3) Aspen, CO
The name says it all. The Aspen trees in Pitkin County are pretty hard to beat starting in early October. If Steamboat didn’t have so damn many aspens in the first place, Aspen/Basalt/Carbondale would be at the top of the places to visit in the Rocky Mountain region.
2) Steamboat Springs, CO
There’s no better place to check out fall colors than Steamboat Springs, CO. The town nestled in northwest Colorado is home to the best tree skiing in Colorado made possible by its old growth aspens. Those same aspens make for unreal colors. Head up for sunset happy hour on the weekend and get a glimpse of some of Colorado’s best seasonal colors.
1) Stowe, VT
Stowe is perhaps the most quintessential autumn town in all of America. Its amazing colors and its classic architecture make this mountain town the best of the best when it concerns fall foliage.