Why I Love Colorado – A Photo Essay

Although Colorado has only been nicked by the Polar Vortex, it has been a record year for snow in Breckenridge. This has created deep powder conditions. I am under doctor’s orders not to fall, so it’s groomed runs for me. The snow is like soft vanilla ice cream. Breck 2- 14

Since the beginning of the year, 249 inches of snow has fallen.  By my expert calculations, 9 feet of snow fell in January alone. That my friend, is a lot of crazy good champagne powder!

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It snowed all day!

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Yep. 9 feet!

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A pack of skiers. Good thing I’m on the lift!

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I love how the sun peeks out from the snow-filled clouds. 

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Breathtaking. Breckenridge.

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Where are you going for spring break?

The photos are untouched and from my Droid phone.  The bottom photo is from Epic Mix.

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103 responses to “Why I Love Colorado – A Photo Essay

  1. Glad you are “on your feet”!

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  2. You work warms my heart, Susie. Ironic, isn’t it?

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  3. Wow, these photos are absolutely gorgeous, Susie! Stay warm and cozy!

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  4. Champagne powder…my girlfriend is going to love that way of looking at things. Nine feet of snow? Really? That’s almost a slam dunk! No seriously, the nets go ten feet high. You guys will be slamming it by the weekend.

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  5. I would now like to own a personal ski lift…we need it here…..

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  6. Ahhh. The Snow Queen is back.
    (Does this mean the fire danger will be less this year? Hoping for a long slow melt.)
    Simply beautiful – obvious arranged just for you. Boulder is magical with fresh snow.

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    • The Snow Queen! I love it!
      These picts were taken in Breckenridge, less than two hours away, but there’s a lot of snow here in Boulder too! I hope we have a wet year, but this is a semi-arid state and it doesn’t take much to dry everything out.It’s pretty chilly right now! -4!
      Thanks so much Phil!

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  7. I’m not much of a skier, but those photos are delightful. I would enjoy those sights safe and cozy inside a lodge with a cold beer. :)

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  8. Hm. Nine feet of snow; that’s a lot more than the record 8 inches that fell in the Big Apple on Monday. But it’s not like this great Metropolis is ski country. It’s more like slip, slide and slosh country these days. Spring break, what’s that? Is a part in my Timex going to crap out? I thought I had a ten year warranty on that $25 fashion statement.

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  9. Mathair and I are hoping to visit some family in Southwest and Northwest Florida this Spring Break, but it looks like New Salem Chronicles is going to take precedence. I guess we’re lucky in the sense that we’ll be kept busy so as not to miss a vacay too much. Your photos have us itching to visit Colorado. Mathair and I have already used some of your states scenery as wallpaper for our desktop. LOL. Hope you have a wonderful week, Susie and stay safe.

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  10. I so wish I had learned how to ski. It does look gorgeous and it’s not as frigid as over here. I can see why you love it. I guess…. :)

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  11. The Regular Guy NYC

    That is a lot of snow! Looks like great fun for all you skiers. More snow expected here in NYC this week. Been a long winter already. Great pics from the phone! I love my droid camera too.

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  12. *expecting you to be deeply impressed* I was in snow that went right over the tops of my boots, once!

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  13. That is a heck of a lot of snow. Glad you’re enjoying it. Wish we had some. Tahoe skiing has been practically non-existent this year.

    Spring break? I’m going to Disneyland. Going to celebrate my 50th with some characters. And my husband’s coming, too. (Tee hee)

    Great photos, Susie. Happy skiing.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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    • It is! It is funny how the snow meandered over your mountains and dumped on ours. That happened to us the last two years.
      Woohoo! Happy almost 50th! You’ll have a blast at Disney.
      Thanks so much Patricia!

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  14. Nice dude. Looks like you guys are ready for the Winter Olympics. Like that last picture definitely Christmas card collage worthy maybe even Valentine’s worthy if you send them out. :)

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  15. And I think I’ve got a lot with only a few inches!

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  16. I wish I could join you for Spring Break, Susie. Those pics are gorgeous. It’s a bit hairy when the snow goes higher than the window though.

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  17. Laura Hilger

    LOVE! Could totally live in Colorado for the skiing alone!

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  18. Beautiful pics, Susie! No spring break plans yet–my son is going to Guatemala though. I’m guessing there will be no snow there. :)

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  19. Those shots are making me want to hit the slopes … even as I sit poolside in sunny south FL reading your post. I’m going up to deepfreeze country for the last two weeks of this month and am hoping for a ski day with the Adorable Jack (age 6). Hopefully the temps will be friendlier. It won’t be CO though! Enjoy those bowls, Susie! So good to hear the restrictions are lifted!

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  20. Wow that looks beautiful! :)

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  21. AnthonyR

    What amazing pictures. I am VERY jealous.

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  22. Holy moley, Susie–that’s a lotta snow! Glad you are safe and warm and it’s a good thing you love to ski! Lovely pics.

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    • Thanks Brigitte! Great to “see” you!
      It has gotten really cold this afternoon in Boulder. I have to believe it is cold in Breck too! I think growing up in Wisconsin with really long winters with creative parents influenced my love the of the season. I would go ice skating or sledding after school every day no matter how cold it was and we would build forts, snowmen and caves out of snow!

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  23. We’ve gotten about 25 inches of snow in the past few weeks, and I thought that was a lot. More to come tonight…

    Do you end up losing power with that much snow?
    Looks beautiful on the slopes!

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    • That’s a good question about power. That’s more likely to happen with thunderstorms. Many times we’ve gone up to the mts. and PF was on all the appliances. I hope we keep our power through this next bout of cold weather!
      Thanks Jackie! It was so beautiful. :)

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  24. It’s nice to be reminded how beautiful winter can be. Colorado looks lovely all wrapped in the white stuff. I’m really pleased you didn’t fall.

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  25. Stunning ! ( The shot of snow outside your window reminds me I do not miss the snow). I think I’ll stick to sailing ;)

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  26. Colorado is a beautiful state. I really like Colorado Springs in particular. Great pictures.

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  27. sunshinebright

    Very much enjoyed your photos. Especially viewing them from my comfortably air-conditioned home in South Florida!!! :-)

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  28. Beautiful, Susie. Reminds me of snowmobiling in Michigan. Awesome you are feeling sooo good! Rock on Susie!!

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  29. My gosh, that’s a whole lotta snow. Awesome pictures Susie!

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  30. Thanks for the reminder of what that’s like! We haven’t had a chance to use our passes this year in the Sierra. But I think we’ll start getting snow now.

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  31. If the trend continues, we won’t be surprised if kids would start asking for an igloo instead of a tree house!!
    Btw: When I saw the title “Why I love Colorado …”, first thing that came to my mind was Sunday (I rooted for the other team though, I always support underdogs :) )

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    • Igloo is right and Boulder is in for some cold temps this week too!
      I sidestepped the subject of the Broncos since everyone here is burned out. It was a pretty big shock, but at least Manning won’t retire! Who knew we would be the underdogs??!!! Sheesh!

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  32. I love Colorado too, but my first love is the East coast. Mountains are nice but so is the ocean. Sorry about Sunday. :(

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    • We always joke about California dropping into the ocean and having beach front property in Colorado!
      I knew as soon as Manning missed the hike that it would be an ugly game. I have always found that too much hype effects the athlete. Next year!

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  33. Anonymous

    Looking good, Susie! Love the snow. It’s been cloudy but dry here.

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  34. I’ve never been to Colorado. Your photos make me want to go there even more. It’s on our vacation list, but who knows when we’ll get there. At this point we’re lucky to make it to the next town over, let alone a whole different part of the country! :-)

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  35. We’re heading up to Summit on Thursday, Susie. Can’t wait. Those shots of the skiers look like they’re of Peak Seven. One of my favorites. Yes, I love Colorado too!

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  36. Nine feet of snow is unbelievable! Here in New Jersey, we’ve had around eleven snow storms but I think the total for this winter for my town is now 40 inches. I actually love snow. I just hate driving in it so eleven snow storms means eleven days (or nights) of horrid driving conditions. I wouldn’t mind having all that snow drop on us in one day just so all the other days would be clear for driving. :)
    Terrific pictures. I can see why you love Colorado. Gorgeous state.

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    • And 9 feet in a month! They’ve gotten 20 feet during the season so far.
      Thanks so much! I grew up in Wisconsin and got used to driving in snow. I actually like the added challenge. Dealing with incompetent drivers who’ve never seen snow, not so much! They either drive waaaay too fast or waaaay too slow.
      Thanks so much! I love it here. You’ll have to pay Colorado a visit!

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  37. The photos are wonderful… but each day as we get more and more snow I long for anything that is not white..:)

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  38. Beautiful shots of your snowy Colorado, Ann. We are forecasted for 8 to 10 inches tomorrow here in Syracuse. I am simply staying put — No spring break! So I will be rooting for a quick arrival of spring here in Central New York.

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    • You get a LOT of snow! It is one crazy winter that’s for sure. I hope spring arrives early for you too! For me? I hope we get a nice long ski season and our trees down here in Boulder don’t freeze in March and April like last year. We didn’t get one flowers or fruit on any of them! It was a lackluster spring to say the very least.
      Thanks so much!

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  39. While I very much hate the cold and don’t vacation anywhere that the threat of sand in my shoes isn’t very real, I do love the pictures. That’s some serious snowfall!

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    • It’s snowing in Boulder today. I LOVE it! More is headed for the mountains too. My husband is prodding me to go to Eldora tomorrow. It’s a ski area only 40 minutes away. It won’t take much of an arm twist!
      Thanks so much!

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  40. Colorado …. beautiful – when I learned to ski … the season I worked at the Swedish ski resort, Sälen … I had never done downhill before and I was so scared – tried to the skiing school, but they couldn’t have me because I slowed everything down.
    So evening at a disco I met this wonderful and handsome Swedish guy, Peter … he had been working as ski instructor in Colorado. He took me on .. and in less than 4 days and loads of carry on, I was going down fearless.
    Look at all that snow – the snow is totally different in Colorado to ours – it’s more powdery over there .. so lighter to ski in.
    Now you got another story of mine.

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    • How wonderful! I wonder where Peter is skiing now. That is so cool that he took the time to teach you to ski.
      Our snow is dry and fluffy. There is so much of it, the snow is like whipped cream on the groomed runs. Super soft and perfect for me this year. I would love to dip into the trees, but I’m waiting for the go ahead from my doctor. I can’t guarantee I won’t fall if I ski double blacks. Dang!
      Maybe we’ll ski in Sweden some day! I would love to visit your country.

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  41. Great photos, Susie! Portland is so far below our rain/snow levels but we may make up for it this weekend. Let’s hope anyway…snow and rain is what keeps us green…

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