Snow yesterday, warm today and all the snow is gone! This a familiar theme in Denver, and one that adds to the ambiance of Colorado. This may seem “old hat” to many of you who have always called Denver home, but to those of you who are considering moving here, recently arrived, or are on a fact-finding trip, this information may very well save your life, or at the very least, save you from a severe sunburn. Either way it is valuable information.
As Denver natives, we are quick to point out the weather changes nearly as often as a hockey players’ socks. With this said, it is crucial if you are new to the area or a lifelong resident, you are aware of these 3 important tips:
1. Always have Coats, Gloves, Boots, and Flip-Flops in the Car
Colorado winters can be the epitome of extremes. This year we experienced a record high of 81 degrees in November, followed by a day of cold and snow. You just never know what you’re going to get hour to hour. Find a weather forecaster you like and pay attention because the front range weather changes quickly, in the mountains and in the city. Too many people get themselves in danger because they head out on a beautiful sunny day in light weather clothing only to find themselves unprepared for a quick drop in temperature and snow. In the right circumstances this can become deadly. Understanding that you always need to be prepared for the worse will help you in any adverse weather conditions.
On the other hand, we are also privileged enough to have cold mornings turn into beautiful afternoons, where the sun keeps it warm and causes our down-filled parka to become a personal sauna. It is for this very reason it is always wise to keep a variety of clothing in the car, so you’re ready for a tromp thought the snow, or able to quickly change into those flip-flops for a quick round of winter Frisbee golf.
2. It Burns, it Burns!
There is nothing better than living in the Mile-High City, but you also need to realize that means, you’re roughly 5,280 feet closer to the sun. The sun is stronger at these altitudes and you can burn much easier. I realize that raccoon eyes where all the rage in the 80’s and even came with some street cred, but sunburns hurt, and whether you’re walking around the lake in Wash Park, or skiing down the slopes, sunscreen is extremely important.
While the sun does help to warm the days, the coolness of the air can make you think you’re not getting burned, and by the time you realize it, it’s too late. SPF ratings of over 30 should be used at all times when in the sun and physical blockers with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the best. This is especially important with children. Remember, the fight they put up to keep you from applying sunscreen is nothing compared to the hours you’ll spend consoling and cooling them after they experience their first CO sunburn. Sunscreen is your friend. And so it a good pair of sunglasses!
3. Chug, Chug, Chug
Of course, I’m talking about water. What newcomers to the area usually gloss over is every person, their brother, and their pet’s groomer telling them, “Drink lots of water!” While it seems redundant, it is one of the most overlooked things by visitors and new residents every winter, and it too can have some potentially dangerous effects. The air in Denver and higher altitudes has less humidity. In fact, sweat evaporates so quickly that many people don’t realize they’re becoming dehydrated. Not only can this lead to a hard day on the slopes, but can aggravate altitude sickness.
In addition, if you’re not drinking enough water your skin will be extremely dry and you’re amazing chapped lips will make you immediately identifiable as a new comer to the area. Wherever you go, bring a water bottle, drink even when you don’t want to, and keep filling it up. Trust me, it’s more than just a fashion statement.
Denver has the Best Winters in the World
Recent stats show that our city is growing at a phenomenal rate and we personally welcome each and every-one of you. Colorado is a fantastic place to live and there is nothing better than hearing the stories of people from the coasts, the mid-west and all over the world. Invariably the question arises, “So, what are the winters like here?” I usually answer, “The best in the world.” The big trick is always to be ready for whatever nature brings.
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