It wasn’t that long ago snow was highlighting the peaks of our coveted mountain destinations, and just like how fast summer came, fall is on the way. We’re mere weeks away from changing colors, the smell of apple cider and pumpkin spice, cooler temperatures, and the dusting of snow at higher elevations.

The beginning of autumn is an opportunity to get back in the mountains for some fun before ski and snowboard season begins. With plentiful activities to carry on between summer and winter, the stoke stays high when visiting an Ikon Pass destination during the fall.

To experience fall to the fullest in the mountains, grab your favorite flannel and your puffy jacket, and head to one of the top destinations listed below for some fall colors and stoke-filled activities.

Experience a Quintessential Season in Vermont

Escape the city and head on up to Stratton October 9 – 11 for Harvestfest Weekend. Experience the epitome of fall in one of New England’s most photo-centric destinations with live music from Blues Traveler, endless fall foliage, and tasty food and libations, including the Harvest Brew Fest. Harvestfest Weekend is also the last chance for mountain biking and scenic lift rides, so be sure to snag a ticket in advance as tickets for this one-of-a-kind event are limited.

Vibrant reds and deep oranges fill Stratton’s scenery during the fall season.

For those who find autumn synonymous with craft beer, Killington’s Brewfest event on September 25 is not to be missed. Set amongst the vibrant colors of the changing leaves, a ticket to this event will grant live music, food, and the opportunity to indulge in over 80 regional craft beers.

Kick Off Fall in Idaho

One of the newer destinations on the Ikon Pass kicks off fall festivities this Labor Day weekend. Schweitzer’s Fall Fest 2021 runs from September 3 – 6, and offers four jam-packed days of live music, arts and crafts, and over 80 beverage options. As the last weekend for summer chairlift rides, there’s something family members of all ages will be able to partake in together.

Can’t-Miss Peak Foliage in Colorado

Savor the scenery and surround yourself in the gold and yellow aspens this September in Colorado. Copper Mountain’s inaugural Union Peak Festival merges community, sport, and art. Taking place amidst the peak window on September 10 – 12, this unique event offers live music, athletic experiences like fly fishing and climbing wall demos, food and drink, and other immersive sport clinics for mountain enthusiasts.

Camp Under the Stars in Washington

Experience fall camping like none-other at the Fall Harvest Glampout at Crystal Sky Camp at Crystal Mountain Resort. Purchase a ticket for this luxurious and remote glamping setup, taking place September 17 – 19, and you’ll get overnight accommodations in a private canvas tent for two guests, as well as chairlift transportation and access to an exclusive beer tasting event. Breathtaking scenery and plentiful stars are included with no extra charge – so plan for an unforgettable fall weekend getaway.

Crystal Mountain’s Fall Harvest Glampout will not disappoint those needing to fill their soul with scenery – the sky and the stars are endless.

Oktoberfest in New Mexico

Soak in the culture and the fall colors at Taos the weekend of September 25 – 26 for Oktoberfest Celebration. Partake in festivities such as stein holding contests, and dance to authentic German music while drinking German beer.

Fall Fun in Michigan

Visit Boyne Highlands on Saturday, October 2 for the Highlands Harvest Event, focusing on all things special during this pre-winter season. Hop on a complimentary chairlift ride to check out top-notch views and gorgeous fall colors, enjoy warm s’mores, and support the local community with local product offerings.

No special event at a destination? No problem. All our Ikon Pass destinations offer the opportunity to view spectacular colors and have some fun. Visit the destination website to book lodging and start planning your memorable autumn getaway – learn more here.