A Collision of Seasons – Leaf Peeping Meets First Snow in Colorado


Every year in Colorado, the first snowfall marks the beginning of a very long winter. But when the first snowfall hits at the tail end of the aspen leaf-peeping season, the magic behind the lens or in this case the drone could make for a banger or two!

Every day on the way to work I travel 8 miles from West Vail to East Vail along Interstate 70. During this time of the year, my commute is flanked by endless golden aspen fields, views of Vail mountain, and of course the Gore Range.

This past Thursday, the Vail Valley received 6 inches of snow before sunrise and I was determined to fly during the tail end of the storm in order to capture a collision of seasons! I launched the drone mid storm from the front door of the office. With no visual of the drone and connection warnings covering my screen, I continued to fly and shoot pic after pic.

After a quick ten minute flight, I returned to my computer, uploaded the photos and couldn’t believe the content of this perfect storm of fall colliding with winter! Hopefully, this means we can look forward to another good snow year, bringing cold clear water for our trout to keep thriving!

Photos and writeup from Chris Bivona, of Ski Town All-Stars, check out their line of awesome fly fishing hats here and give them a follow on Instagram @skitownallstars.

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