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Surviving Winter 101 

Colorado natives are saying this is already one of the coldest and snowiest winters in memory, and there's still half of January, all of February and half of March to get through. Living in Colorado, it's imperative to devise your own techniques and strategies for riding out these patches of bitter, bleak and snowblown weather.
click to enlarge Jon Barker   -  - West side and Walsenburg  -  - Teacher  -  - What's the ideal way to spend a bitter, wintry - Saturday afternoon? Curled up with my girlfriend. -  - What's the worst weather you've ever experienced? - I used to be a geologist living in a ghost town - called Platoro, Colo., directly south of Wolf Creek Pass. - We averaged over 10 feet of snow each winter, and it was - often the coldest spot in the nation. -  - What's the hardest part of getting around in wintry - weather? The unpredictability. Driving to - Walsenburg last Thursday, it was sunny and dry until - Colorado City, where we hit a ground blizzard with semis - blown off the road and vans overturned. By the time we - reached Huerfano, the road was dry again. -  - What's the best meal on a bitter winter's day? - Anything you steam up in a pot and that sticks to - your ribs.
  • Jon Barker

    West side and Walsenburg

    Teacher

    What's the ideal way to spend a bitter, wintry Saturday afternoon? Curled up with my girlfriend.

    What's the worst weather you've ever experienced? I used to be a geologist living in a ghost town called Platoro, Colo., directly south of Wolf Creek Pass. We averaged over 10 feet of snow each winter, and it was often the coldest spot in the nation.

    What's the hardest part of getting around in wintry weather? The unpredictability. Driving to Walsenburg last Thursday, it was sunny and dry until Colorado City, where we hit a ground blizzard with semis blown off the road and vans overturned. By the time we reached Huerfano, the road was dry again.

    What's the best meal on a bitter winter's day? Anything you steam up in a pot and that sticks to your ribs.

click to enlarge Jennifer Hammons   -  -  -  - Trip director  -  - What's the best way to ride out a wintry weekend? - Watching movies and reading books by the - fireplace, if you have one. -  - What's the worst weather you've been in? An - ice storm while I was growing up in North Carolina. All - the electricity went out, and there was no water. We had - to cook in the fireplace. -  - What's the worst part of driving in all this ice and - snow? Watching out for drivers who don't - know how to drive in it. -  - Describe the ideal meal on a dark and dismal winter - day. Soup is always good. Tonight I'm making - creamy chicken noodle soup.
  • Jennifer Hammons

    Trip director

    What's the best way to ride out a wintry weekend? Watching movies and reading books by the fireplace, if you have one.

    What's the worst weather you've been in? An ice storm while I was growing up in North Carolina. All the electricity went out, and there was no water. We had to cook in the fireplace.

    What's the worst part of driving in all this ice and snow? Watching out for drivers who don't know how to drive in it.

    Describe the ideal meal on a dark and dismal winter day. Soup is always good. Tonight I'm making creamy chicken noodle soup.

click to enlarge Steve Garman   -  - North End  -  - Gourmet food business  -  - Reveal your strategy for riding out a bitterly cold - weekend day. Watching the NFL playoffs on TV. Hot - chocolate helps, too. -  - What's your worst bad-weather experience? I - grew up in Chicago playing hockey in outdoor rinks. It - sometimes got to 20 below. To this day, I have frostbite - on my toes from that. -  - What's the hardest part of driving in this weather? - Windy whiteout conditions and dodging cars that - don't have sufficient tire traction. -  - What's the best possible meal on a gray, blizzardy - day? A grilled cheese sandwich and a hot cup of - tomato soup.
  • Steve Garman

    North End

    Gourmet food business

    Reveal your strategy for riding out a bitterly cold weekend day. Watching the NFL playoffs on TV. Hot chocolate helps, too.

    What's your worst bad-weather experience? I grew up in Chicago playing hockey in outdoor rinks. It sometimes got to 20 below. To this day, I have frostbite on my toes from that.

    What's the hardest part of driving in this weather? Windy whiteout conditions and dodging cars that don't have sufficient tire traction.

    What's the best possible meal on a gray, blizzardy day? A grilled cheese sandwich and a hot cup of tomato soup.

click to enlarge Sarah Stidham   -  - Downtown  -  - Job-searching recent college grad  -  - What's your worst bad-weather episode? This - is the worst. -  - What's the hardest part of getting around town in - weather like this? Driving in my Honda. It slides all - over the road. -  - What meal is best for the soul in weather this bitter? - Chicken noodle soup and chocolate mint ice cream.
  • Sarah Stidham

    Downtown

    Job-searching recent college grad

    What's your worst bad-weather episode? This is the worst.

    What's the hardest part of getting around town in weather like this? Driving in my Honda. It slides all over the road.

    What meal is best for the soul in weather this bitter? Chicken noodle soup and chocolate mint ice cream.

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