The 2009 season is officially beginning with Dumps of the Weeks soon to come.
Copper received the first snow of the season overnight, dusting the hills with several inches of snow, encouraging the aspens to turn yellow. Just around the corner, Copper plans to start making snow around September 27.
Avalanche forecaster Jerry Roberts and I are riding in his orange Colorado Department of Transportation pickup. We're on our way to check storm boards for recent snow accumulation totals. It's the middle of the night.