Early Snow Hits The Area & I Went To Check It Out!

Snow often begins to dust the mountains tops this time of year – getting 18" is a good sign for a terrific winter

 At about 10,500 feet on the Resolution Pass road, near Vail, I found 12-18 inches of accumulation.

At about 10,500 feet on the Resolution Pass road, near Vail, I found 12-18 inches of accumulation.

On Monday the 13th of October, I took a break from work and decided to drive up to the snow line.  In addition to playing a little hooky, I wanted to see who the AWD car and tires could handle the conditions.  There had been a storm on Saturday, though no in the valleys and the temperature in Edwards and Vail was around 65 degrees F or 18 C.

I headed south on US 23 from Minturn to Camp Hale and the Vail Recreation Area (not to be confused with the ski resort).  I didn't hit meaningful snow accumulation until around 9,000 feet, then it started to build up.  Fortunately, someone in a serious 4WD vehicle had gone up earlier, so I had tracks to follow.  Around 10,000 the fresh snow was easily 12" deep.  At 10,500 the vehicle that had gone before me, came back down.  When he stopped, he told me he gave up not much further up and turned around - I chose to do the same, but took this photograph first.  I make a few sample measures of the snow fall on the road and its banks.  They all ranged between 12 and 18 inches!

Kevin R Foote

marketing exec | digital evangelist | trend spotter | outdoor enthusiast | x-Google Kevin Foote is an independent advisor and interim executive for private equity & venture capital firms, investors and their portfolio companies. His focus – rapid growth and capital optimization through the transformation of marketing and sales in the face of digital adoption and the changing customer-corporation dynamic. He and his clients expect rapid execution and results. Kevin's career in marketing, advertising, and strategic planning have nurtured his passion for understanding basic human truths and how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and preferences are formed. He is focused on forging deep relationships and creating partnerships to unlock big ideas and activate brands through the innovative use of digital marketing and technologies. His blog, The Blurred, explores the overlap of our digital and physical lives. In his recent role at Google, Kevin had the privilege of working closely with the leadership of the world's leading creative and media agencies as a digital marketing evangelist. Prior, Kevin served as the Managing Director of Marketing at United Airlines Mileage Plus, the worlds largest frequent flyer program. However, his roots are deep in the digital domain, having worked at several agencies, including Leo Burnett and Digitas, for over a decade. At Digitas, Kevin was the Group Director of Strategy in the Midwest and Global Account Director on major accounts. He has had the privilege of working with great brands including Crate&Barrell, Purina, Energizer, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, P&G, and Microsoft. His career began in strategy consulting, working at both Braxton Associates (Deloitte Consulting) and Parthenon Group. He received his MBA from Kellogg and holds undergraduate degrees from MIT.