Boulder Embraces Winter Storms and Freezing Temps

January 7, 2017
Boulder in Winter

It’s early January and the temps are are in the frigid negatives, but Boulder people don’t cower — they go outside. When we had our first snowstorm here in Boulder, I was more than a little charmed to discover people skiing through North Boulder Park.

Just yesterday, Boulder experienced a major snowstorm, heavy enough to close schools as well as city government buildings. Although Boulder receives snowfall regularly in the winter, these types of closures are a rare occurrence. Today the kids went back to school and as I drove through the streets, here is what I noticed:

Boulder in Winter

Boulder’s Chautauqua Park with Sledding Hill in View

Boulder people bike in the snow — they are cautious but undeterred.


At the park you’ll see kids playing in the snow as cross-country skiers glide past.  And it is awesome.

At Boulder’s scenic Chautauqua Park, people are enjoying themselves —  all bundled up they are hiking, running, walking their dogs and of course — sledding!!

chautauqua sledding

The blanket of snow and the freezing temps will give way to warmer days and sunshine throughout January and February. The snow sticks around only for a couple of days, melting in the Chinook winds. It’s all in the ebb and flow of a Colorado winter — freezing and thawing, the dark and the light.


About Rachel Daly

I am Rachel, Boulder writer, mother, animal lover and mountain dweller. When I moved to Boulder from Broomfield, I started this blog as a way to get to know my new city, and as a resource for those who live in and around Boulder, as well as Boulder newcomers. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I've learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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