So, we get a lot of questions about when Autumn kicks into gear with its vibrant colorations here at the Hole, and also when the snow starts its annual powdery reign of white. Excellent questions asked in order to properly plan whatever itineraries you have in mind.
A couple things to keep in mind because of our dramatically mountainous topography. First, we can only offer ranges, not specifics. Second, we’ve actually gotten flakes falling even at lower elevations at various times over the years–sometimes we get some flakes in May and October. They don’t stick around, but it happens. Second, when it comes to foliage, all the valleys, canyons, etc., will pop at different times, let alone the maples, aspens, cottonwoods, etc., working through their colors in their own ways. The resplendent changes happen over the same period of time, but not necessarily all synchronized across the expanse.
Okay, First, Fall. You can expect to find colors starting to come out in early September and the stragglers hold out until mid-October. Historically, the third and fourth weeks of September tend to be our peaks. During this entire time, average high temperatures will generally range from the high 50s to the low 70s. Expect nighttime temps to be 20 to 30 degrees cooler.
Second, Winter. We expect regular and constant snowfall here starting at the end of November and lasting through early April. It’s hit-and-miss before and after that timeframe. Mid-January through early March is definitely our peak time for snowfall. And we get lots and lots…and lots of powder! Highs will range from the low 20s through the mid 30s, and expect lows hovering just above zero.
We hope we’ve given you some perspective so you can plan with a little more clarity. Can’t wait to have you here!