Why Are There Conifer Trees in the Mountains?

I know I have said this before, but I will say it again – I love running around in the snow in the Rocky Mountains.  It is just so much fun to jump up and down and land in the soft, fluffy white stuff.

Other than all of the snow blanketing the ground, the snow also blankets the bare branches on trees and drapes over the needles on evergreen trees after a new snow.  The last time I went for a walk in the Rocky Mountains I began to wonder why all the trees higher up on the mountain were the conifer trees and not the broadleaf trees that lose their leaves in winter. Continue reading