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Old 03-12-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: TX
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We are natives (although I no longer live in CO), part of the pioneers who settled the state.

We all love the mtns, have a small cabin near cripple creek (it was my great grandfathers...gold miner cabin) my brother uses all the time in the summer. We ski, we hike, we camp, brother and dad ride motocycles through the mtns.
My brother lives in Denver and he skis at least 2-3x month...usually copper due to the closeness to Denver.

My mom who is near 80 gets together with her sisters every summer in the dillion area for a weekend. They Ride the Gondola up and eat at the resturant. (ALL born and raised in CO)
My moms grandparents had a resturant in Idaho springs in the 40's and she would spend summers there working. They were considered "mountian people" just know that they came from up near Idaho springs.

I have pictures dating back to early 1900's of my great gandparents camping in the mountians.
My Dad use to ride motorcycle trials all around the Foothills area in 70's and we camped with him. Again I have pictures of my great grandfather racing on a "motorbike" near Golden in the 1920-30's.

Avid hunters who still get into the mts every season for mulie or elk. Fly fishing as well.

My entire family (cousins, aunt uncles etc...) all get into the mtns and enjoy the recreation. some ski/snowboard some mtn bike hunt fish etc...
Towns like Glenwood, Grand JUnction, ouray, Delta, Montrose etc... are all filled with Ntive who love the mountians and ski etc...
I think you are looking in the wrong places. The small ski resorts like loveland, Powderhorn, sunlight wolf creek etc... all have many locals who ski all season long.
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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How long do you have to live in CO to be considered a Coloradoan?
I took it as meaning people who were born here. I've lived in CO almost 30 years now but I'm not a "native".

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Old 03-12-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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How long do you have to live in CO to be considered a Coloradoan? My father has lived there for about 10 years now. Every weekend he is running mountain trails or snow skiing... camps a bit as well.
IMHO, being a Coloradan is more of an attitude than something you can quantify with a time limit. To me it means loving the land for what it is instead of aspiring to litter the entire state with golfcourses, tract homes, box stores, and bluegrass.

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I took it as meaning people who were born here. I've lived in CO almost 30 years now but I'm not considered a "native".
You'll never be a native of anyplace but where you were born. That doesn't mean you can't be a Coloradan in heart and spirit though. I know Colorado natives who are New Yorkers at heart, but you won't hear them crying that they'll never be considered a "native" of Manhattan.

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Old 03-12-2010, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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"You'll never be a native of anyplace but where you were born. That doesn't mean you can't be a Coloradan in heart and spirit though."
Of course you are correct! Brain fade over here...
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:39 PM
 
Location: OUTTA SIGHT!
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Personally, I like to be around people who enjoy traveling and having adventures over
most of the 'proud native' (xenophobic) types I've met anyway. Not that anyone asked.
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Old 03-13-2010, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Grand Lake, Colorado
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How long do you have to live in CO to be considered a Coloradoan?
Well....if you ask Jazz, since before christ...
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:18 AM
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Location: Western Colorado
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I'm a Coloradan...I have a City Market card!
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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The hard core natives from the mountain towns I know, meaning several generations as residents,now generally reside along the front range or out of state. The OP's observations in my opinion are dead on accurate; the mountain communities are generally inhabited by relative new comers to the region. The contemporary Colorado natives who live in the high country generally seem to be ex front rangers.
Kind of an odd version of hopscotch.

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Old 03-13-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I know plenty of native Coloradoans who use the mountains regularly for recreation.
Ditto.
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:32 PM
 
Location: mancos
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i have only been here 35 years so i may not be qualified to answer for most. but i put an elk and deer away every fall,totally stock up on salmon each fall. cut enough woood for the winter, set up spike camps for a local outfitter during hunting season and never go to a large town ever. stay away from the fake CO and you can still live it and dont get jealouse those rich newcomers dont have a clue. i dont even pull em out anymore i tell em my $2000 jeep aint big enough to pull out thier $60,000 piece of junk. im happy
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