As I jumped in my truck this morning I saw the first light frost of this Autumn season. That can only mean that winter will be here before you know it. It also means that the “fall color season”, which has been lagging about 1-2 weeks behind schedule for peak colors, will be fast-tracking over the next couple of nights.

That bodes well for this weekend’s fall festivals. Also if you’re thinking about getting a season pass at any of the region’s ski resorts, THIS is the time to do it as you can save a lot of money…as well as a lot of time when you get to the mountain. Instead of standing in lift ticket lines you can make a number of trips down the mountain before others are able to obtain a liftie and click in.

David McCue posted a nice article over the weekend that should help you guys see the value of a season’s pass. Check it out here.

The temperatures this morning were hovering in the upper 20s across most of the mountaintops this morning and we have frost warnings posted for those same high-elevations for Wednesday night.

Thanks to Dr. Neufeld of Appalachian State and also Skip Sickler of Grandfather Mountain for the following photo and “Fall Leaf Update”.

high country fall color report
Click to Enlarge awesome photo from Monday of Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Update by: Frank Ruggiero, Director of Marketing & Communications – Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

The view from nearby Grandmother Mountain sees Grandfather Mountain draped in fall colors. While Grandfather Mountain’s leaves peaked last week and this past weekend, the mountain’s mile-high elevation offers a stunning viewpoint to see the abundance of color in the valleys below. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and “Fall Color Guy,” there is still a lot of green to be found in in the surrounding High Country, meaning this coming weekend should offer some prime leaf-looking.

So guys and gals, THIS weekend will be peak for a lot of the area. Come and enjoy some preseason festival fun and visit the mountains.

 

Until next time…email me any thoughts. [email protected]

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted close to 14,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.