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Old 04-22-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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If you can work from home via the web, that is a huge plus. That is our family's situation, though we live about 1.5 hours away from Salida. We're considerably higher up, and typically 10-15 deg cooler.

If it's cold and windy, we just stay inside. I think it helps to have space and lots of south facing windows... wards off cabin fever over winter.

I would not live here if I had to work out in the weather over winter, or if we had to live in a small home, I think our kids would go crazy!

With internet work, you're not taking jobs from locals, but instead bringing money to the area. A win-win.

BTW we have two internet connections, DSL (1.5kb/s) and Satellite (12 kb/s). It's not unusual for the DSL (century link - terrible service) to drop out a few times a week. The new generation of wild blue satellites are expensive, but pretty reliable and they will support a VIP (virtual private network). Maybe there are better options if you're living in the town of Salida.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:47 AM
 
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:56 AM
 
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I would not live here if I had to work out in the weather over winter, or if we had to live in a small home, I think our kids would go crazy!
I lived in Fairplay for about 4 years in the late 90s-early 00s. I was working for the Forest Service and we were the only crew marking timber sales for the entire Pike/San Isabel NFs. We worked every day of the year and didn't take winters off like many of the other crews because, for the most part, the timber sales were still accessible because they were in Ponderosa Pine. We spent one winter marking some sales between Salida and Buena Vista and I thought the weather was rather pleasant. As long as we were dressed properly, it didn't feel cold. When you adapt to it, it's not as cold as you think. There were only a handful of days that I wished I was inside rather than out in the woods.

If I could figure out a way not to rely on the local economy, I would move to Salida or Buena Vista in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, unless my husband and I can both find jobs there, we couldn't afford to live there.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:15 PM
 
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I lived in Fairplay for about 4 years in the late 90s-early 00s. I was working for the Forest Service and we were the only crew marking timber sales for the entire Pike/San Isabel NFs. We worked every day of the year and didn't take winters off like many of the other crews because, for the most part, the timber sales were still accessible because they were in Ponderosa Pine. We spent one winter marking some sales between Salida and Buena Vista and I thought the weather was rather pleasant. As long as we were dressed properly, it didn't feel cold. When you adapt to it, it's not as cold as you think. There were only a handful of days that I wished I was inside rather than out in the woods.

If I could figure out a way not to rely on the local economy, I would move to Salida or Buena Vista in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, unless my husband and I can both find jobs there, we couldn't afford to live there.
Were you sheltered from the wind while working in the trees? If your work allows you to keep mittens on, it's not too bad, but below 45 deg with the wind my hands hurt after 10-20 mins of exposure.

When the wife and I first moved to Colorado we rode the high up terrain at Love Land day in day out for a season in any and all weather. We could keep our mittens on and we were moving, so it wasn't too bad - except for the time we got stuck on the lift in high winds for an hour...
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:38 PM
 
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Were you sheltered from the wind while working in the trees? If your work allows you to keep mittens on, it's not too bad, but below 45 deg with the wind my hands hurt after 10-20 mins of exposure.

When the wife and I first moved to Colorado we rode the high up terrain at Love Land day in day out for a season in any and all weather. We could keep our mittens on and we were moving, so it wasn't too bad - except for the time we got stuck on the lift in high winds for an hour...
The trees definitely helped to provide some shelter. I had to use my hands though, so mittens weren't really an option. I did wear leather gloves and then removed them when I needed to write or take measurements. I think I adapted pretty well though after spending day after day out in the conditions. I also lived in Fairplay, which was always cold and windy. Going to the Arkansas Valley felt really warm. I'm sure I would freeze now that I don't work outside for a living!

Getting stuck on a ski lift in high winds just plain sucks! There's nothing that protects you from the elements out there. Hopefully you were offered a free lift ticket or something!
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:43 PM
 
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Getting stuck on a ski lift in high winds just plain sucks! There's nothing that protects you from the elements out there. Hopefully you were offered a free lift ticket or something!
They just gave us free hot chocolate vouchers. We had to leave for the day because we so freaking cold. We had season passes, so I guess it didn't really matter.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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Is it always windy in Salida - or is it always or sometimes breezy? What's the difference - windy = obnoxious, breezy = tolerable. Is it windier at certain times of the year?

I spend a LOT of time in Salida, but to me these past few months have been abnormally windy. Maybe just my perception.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:19 AM
 
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Colorado is a windy state in general. Spring is usually very windy. I find Buena Vista and Fairplay to be windier than Salida however Salida gets its fair share. I think the wind you have been experiencing is pretty typical. By summer and into Fall it will quiet down.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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Rule of thumb in Salida, when the snow is off Mt Methodist the wind will die down. Just how it works.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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Rule of thumb in Salida, when the snow is off Mt Methodist the wind will die down. Just how it works.
That is a good rule of thumb
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