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Old 02-10-2018, 08:55 PM
 
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Hi everyone, it will be a long time still (just a goal/dream at this point) but what part of the state should I be looking at (or does it exist) for mild winters but mountain scenery?

Currently we live in MN and I am beyond sick of the winters, ideally I would love to move to southern AZ but CO is what I could get the wife to agree to.

Thanks all

Adam
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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What do you consider "mild"?

Is this a retirement goal? What other criteria do you have?
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Hi everyone, it will be a long time still (just a goal/dream at this point) but what part of the state should I be looking at (or does it exist) for mild winters but mountain scenery?

Currently we live in MN and I am beyond sick of the winters, ideally I would love to move to southern AZ but CO is what I could get the wife to agree to.

Thanks all

Adam
Our winters in Colorado Springs are much shorter and milder than MN. Our mountain scenery is right here.

Just plan a visit and see it for yourself. Currently, there are about 13K job openings in this area.
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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What do you consider "mild"?

Is this a retirement goal? What other criteria do you have?
Agree. What does “mild” mean to you?
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:11 AM
 
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For us (wife and I), we take Colorado over MN winter weather any day of the week, but as already asked....."what do you mean by "mild"?"

There are times that I definitely wouldn't use the word "mild" when describing some Colorado winter days.
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:26 AM
 
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by "mild" I mean no long stretches of below zero, preferably barely in to the teens at the coldest. not staring at snow for 4-5 months at a time. personally if I never saw snow again I would be happy but she likes having four seasons
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:44 AM
 
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by "mild" I mean no long stretches of below zero, preferably barely in to the teens at the coldest. not staring at snow for 4-5 months at a time. personally if I never saw snow again I would be happy but she likes having four seasons
One thing for sure, whether is a little or a lot, you WILL get snow in Colorado. Not as cold as MN, but there are cold days and some days in the teens. This AM, when I checked on a Denver news App, it was 12 degrees.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Honestly, unless the OP moves to Gunnison, Craig, or Alamosa, winters in Colorado will be considerably milder than Minnesota. OP is in St. Cloud, and the average daytime high there is at or below freezing from November 24th through March 5th (3 months, 10 days).

There isn't a single city along the Front Range Corridor where average high temps are ever below freezing. The lowest I could find was Greeley, and it's 39 degrees for a few days in December.

Overnight lows in the single digits, teens, and 20s are common, but the air is dry so it's possible to have a 20-30 degree diurnal swing in temperatures. Today, for instance, the overnight low was 7 degrees at DIA, but the high will be in the low 40s.

Wednesday it's supposed to be 60 in Denver. Guess how many times St. Cloud has seen a 60+ degree high in February. Zero.

Denver does get plenty of snow - about 64" per year, but it doesn't come all at once or stay on the ground for months on end.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:33 AM
 
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Honestly, unless the OP moves to Gunnison, Craig, or Alamosa, winters in Colorado will be considerably milder than Minnesota. OP is in St. Cloud, and the average daytime high there is at or below freezing from November 24th through March 5th (3 months, 10 days).

There isn't a single city along the Front Range Corridor where average high temps are ever below freezing. The lowest I could find was Greeley, and it's 39 degrees for a few days in December.

Overnight lows in the single digits, teens, and 20s are common, but the air is dry so it's possible to have a 20-30 degree diurnal swing in temperatures. Today, for instance, the overnight low was 7 degrees at DIA, but the high will be in the low 40s.

Wednesday it's supposed to be 60 in Denver. Guess how many times St. Cloud has seen a 60+ degree high in February. Zero.

Denver does get plenty of snow - about 64" per year, but it doesn't come all at once or stay on the ground for months on end.
But, the OP sure isn’t going to get away from “Old Man Winter” moving to Colorado. He would get a “milder Old Man”, but the “Man” will still be there.

Sounds like the OP and wife have a difference, wife likes 4-seasons and he could definitely go without them.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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But, the OP sure isn’t going to get away from “Old Man Winter” moving to Colorado. He would get a “milder Old Man”, but the “Man” will still be there.

Sounds like the OP and wife have a difference, wife likes 4-seasons and he could definitely go without them.
True, but having lived in Wisconsin as a kid, I can tell you there's a world of difference between here and the Upper Midwest.
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