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Old Today, 05:06 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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FROM THE SUMMIT: From snowy drives to wild winds, a winter day in the life working atop Pikes Peak


"The peak season for the highway is May through October when the weather tends to be better. As far as the summit goes, the winter season basically runs from November to April. The highway is open year-round and can be quite scenic with the snowy trees and peaks. Highway rangers have a fleet of snowplows to keep the road clear, including a monster snow machine parked at Glen Cove at 11,500 feet that can plow through the heavy snows above treeline. When snow melts, ice can become an issue along the roadway, so a fleet of sanding trucks are on duty to keep the road safe.

While snow and ice can be wrangled into submission, there’s not much to be done about the wind. When gusts climb above 40 mph in the alpine, the highway is typically closed above treeline because the gusts can propel small rocks that damage vehicle widows. Historically, during the winter, the Cog Railway has brought most visitors — and even the Summit House staff — back and forth from the peak. The Cog is scheduled to be back up and running in the spring of 2021, but for now the only way to get to the summit is via the highway or hiking trails. Meanwhile, the City of Colorado Springs is building a new summit house that is slated to open in the fall of 2020."

I'm so glad that Colorado Springs is investing in its prime tourist attraction, Pikes Peak. The new summit house and the redeveloped cog railway ensure that we remain a great tourist destination. That creates a lot of jobs in the area.
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Old Today, 04:38 PM
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Pikes Peak is SO cool! Been to the top twice and was lucky in both cases that the skies were clear. In 1969 and 1973 I went to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Been on the cog a couple times. It's good to see the Springs put money into the Peak!
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Old Today, 05:18 PM
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Nice article, thanks for sharing.
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