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Old 08-14-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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I was interested in Colorado. I have always heard how pretty the weather is along with the mountainous locations. How is the job market? Is the weather decent? I am not a huge fan of winter so if the winters are really rough I'd rather not venture. Are there are decent job opportunities? What about places to see and visit? I enjoy hiking and biking so it'd be nice to know if there were parks or something of that nature in the area as well. Thanks!
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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Weather in the mountains can be severe in winter, really severe, -20 or colder many nights, 500 inches of snow up there. Along I-25 it's much better, more livable, dry air, lots of sun.

Best that you come visit in the fall to see for yourself. Jobs are mostly in the Denver area, not much out in the countryside.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:08 PM
 
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Come in December or January. The weather can vary quite a bit from year to year and day to day. I lived in Canon City, which is considered mild for Colorado, and I've seen winter days that range from a low of 30 degrees down to 20 below zero. I remember once when Alamosa was 38 below zero and Fairbanks, Alaska was only 25 below zero.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:58 PM
 
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Wink Winters & a good deal else

Winters in Colorado being really rough will be a relative thing; compared to Phoenix, AZ, then yes; in relation to New England or the Midwest, not really.

Two factors in Colorado's favor is the relative abundance of sun, as well as low humidity. Vermont probably experiences more humidity, my understanding often overcast in winter, and experiences some truly cold temperatures. Colorado can as well, particularly in the high country, but this moderated with a fair amount of sun and the dry air. Seattle, WA enjoys fairly temperate temperatures throughout winter, rarely snow, but 40 there can feel a lot colder than in Colorado.

So relative. But if with an aversion to snow, and temperatures low enough at times when it might, then best to head to Hawaii, etc.

The job market in Colorado is no panacea, this state suffering the same ill effects as the rest of the national economy, in measure. Will depend on one's skills, determination, luck, etc. There are any number of threads on this forum concerning this topic: the advice most often given is to secure employment before moving. But a reconnoissance in force might be applicable, and visit surely helpful in informing of where one might like to live, etc.

Related, employment generally dictating where one resides. For most, that means somewhere along the Front Range, meaning basically between Pueblo in the south to Fort Collins to the north. The good news for outdoor enthusiasts is the weather and general ambiance favors such activities. Even in Denver and far flung suburbia, many are into such things. There tends to be a good number of bike paths, etc., or just bicyclists through town and on favored rural roads. A good number of hiking trails in various areas, with Boulder a good example of what can be on offer directly from town.

All this extends of course into the mountains, if not always the infrastructure, but a whole lot of wilderness. One can pick and choose between pure wild and areas where there are also hiking trails, etc. Many probably do not get into the mountains as often as they thought to, yet one of the great aspects of Colorado, if living along the Front Range, is that one at least has the option of doing so relatively easily. This might seem a damn lie when stuck in heavy skier traffic on I-70, so all is not peaches and cream. But at least one could go skiing; and if some creativity and timing employed, then to very good effect.

Most of one's little (and possibly major) problems will likely follow them here. Yet every place is also unique in what it provides—what it does not—and the life to be found there. Location does inform this. And at minimum, one can often have a lovely view while immersed in the details of life.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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If you dislike winter and cold, don't bother.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:42 PM
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You might want to visit. Colorado is made up of a bunch of different areas. Winters can range from mild to brutally harsh and 40 below zero with blizzards. Summers can be mild to well over 100 degrees. Jobs can range from none, to well, none.
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