Snow-Kissed Mountains Herald Ski Season 2015-16

September snows in the Rockies high country.

SnowCloudsAll summer long, I’ve been reading optimistic ski season forecasts, grace à El Niño, a storm pattern that blesses (if you’re a skier or snowboarder) or curses (if you aren’t and hate to shovel) the Rocky Mountain region. This is supposed to be an El Niño year, and whether or not it lives up to its threat/promise, September snows have already dusted that Colorado peaks.

September snowman at Big Sky, Montana.
September snowman at Big Sky, Montana.

Up north, the upper slopes at Big Ski Resort in Montana snared enough for building a snowman. In fact, the ski patrol reported 16+ inches at the top of Lone Peak and 12 inches in the Bowl mid-mountain of Lone Mountain. And yes, there’s still golf in the green valley below. This is a great time to book a winter vacation. Package prices are at their lowest right now.