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Old 05-27-2010, 10:08 AM
 
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Two questions about living in Ft. Collins, Loveland area.
1. Are there many bugs in the summer (esp mosquitos)? I would assume being close to the mountains in a drier climate, that one could be outside most of the time without being chewed up.
2. How close to any of the ski resorts? I have heard that the I70 corridor out of Denver can get congested on the weekends in winter with people going skiing. Is there a ski area close to Loveland, or is there a back way in that avoids some of the traffic snarls?

Ok, I have more questions, I guess...
3. Does Colorado have open enrollment for K-12 schools? i.e. Live in one district but enroll children in another?
4. I know there are a couple Spanish immersion schools in Denver, are there any such in Ft Collins or Loveland area? Our daughter just finished kindergarten and already has become fairly fluent in Spanish, so we would like to continue on. (Spanish immersion is for non-Spanish speaking students, classes are taught in Spanish, so they learn a second language while they learn the same subjects.) She doesn't even know the difference, it just seems natural to her that school is in Spanish. The class also didn't find out the teacher speaks English until the very end of the year. Quite funny watching their reactions.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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1. Yes, we have bugs. The mosquitos tend to be more obvious in damp areas and they to come out in the evenings. Some of the municipalities will spray certain areas to reduce the populations. I can be outside much of the time without being bitten, but my daughter seems to be a magnet for mosquitos, so it is hard to say that everyone would be able to be unaffected by them.

2. Eldora Ski Area above Boulder is a smaller area that is a lot of fun. You can reach it in about 90 minutes from Fort Collins without ever having to travel on I-70. There are 2 or 3 ways to get there. There is also a small area west of Laramie, Wyoming, called Snowy Range. It takes about 90 minutes to 2 hours to reach, depending on roads.

3. The Fort Collins school district (Poudre Schools) allows open enrollment as long as there is room in the school and the parents can get the child to the school. There may be some other specific criteria, depending on the school in which you are interested.

4. In Fort Collins, Harris Bilingual school is a two-way immersion school which basically alternates weeks teaching all subjects in either English or Spanish.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:59 AM
 
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1. Mosquitoes here seem half asleep and there really aren't very many except during our 'monsoon' season. I almost always feel them stumble upon me. Not near as sneaky and aggressive as what you find at lower elevations. I see very few other bad bugs other than yellowjackets which I wage war on each spring/summer.

2. Not a fan of Eldora. So I am stuck with the 1.5 to 3 hour drive up I70. Make no mistake. 3 hours is realistic if the weather is bad or there are wrecks. I have 70 and always swear that I will never head to Copper again, that is, until I head to Copper again. I actually prefer to take the back way to Steamboat from FC. You travel 3 hours over lonesome roads through some of Northern Colorado's most beautiful country. Well worth it in my mind. Just bring something to listen to. There is no radio....
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:59 PM
 
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Ewww...the dreaded word...yellowjackets. I hate them. There's a lot of them there, huh? Are there a lot of them throughout most of Colorado?
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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I don't recall fighting with them in Colorado Springs, but living there is a whole different story. It is not too bad in FC if you can catch the nests early (which is what you should do.) I would not classify them as a major problem, just an annoyance. Small price to pay for CO snow that I will miss dearly when I leave.
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