You know, for most of my adult life I’ve been able to say “Winter is coming” without shame, but suddenly it has become a terrible cliche. Thanks for nothing, George R. R. Martin.
Anyway, winter is coming. I know, it’s only early September now, but the light is changing already. Even though the midnight sun left us just a month or so ago, it is fully dark at night, now, and the daytime light is golden in the evening. In the daytime, it’s still bright but somehow thinner in strength. The air holds a crisp and edgy warning of harsher weather to come. The rain of autumn feels different from the rain of summer, too. It’s colder, or at least adds to the feeling that the temperatures are falling, no matter what the thermometer might say. And when the rain is finished coming down, it still lingers on the ground and in the air, almost as if it wished it could turn to snow and ice and be a part of the world all the way until Springtime.
And there are many other signs of winter’s arrival that hold the promise of fun in the coming season. All around the area, there are dozens of eager husky dogs straining at their harnesses, finding the muscle tone that they left behind in the summer, delighted to run again, ready for weather that is finally right for their thickening fur.
Snowmobile owners, almost as eager as the husky dogs, are dreaming of a meter’s powder over the vidda, and considering whether an early tune-up of the motor might be a good idea, just in case.
Throughout Alta, we are reminding ourselves where we put the studded bicycle tires and wondering how soon we will have to swap them in. The fatbikes (those that weren’t in use all summer) are looked upon more fondly as they await the first dusting of forest trails and ski tracks.
And for those of you who are considering a winter tour… we have more activities than ever for the 2016-17 season. Take a look at our winter brochure and see what catches your interest! And of course, if you would like some help building a great winter holiday, get in touch!