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We're in a blizzard


We're supposed to get a foot of snow today and another foot tomorrow. Flights are cancelled, highways are closed, and I'll be VERY surprised if we don't lose power here at the farm. Fortunately my horses are from Iceland--they're outside loving it and mocking the foofy dressage horses shivering in blankets. The two big horses in the picture--Pride and Dandy--are my roommate Mary's percherons that spent last winter logging in the Canadian bush. (Here's a Quicktime movie of her husband skidding out a log--this is a seriously extreme sport/job). [note: these are beetle-kill logs; they're not chopping down live trees]

This makes my fifth winter living in Colorado--after a lifetime in southern California--and I'm still physically, mentally, and emotionally unprepared for living with snow. But this means there'll be powder at Copper Mountain, so... I can deal with it. ; )

Stay warm, everyone.

Posted by Kathy on December 20, 2006 | Permalink


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I'm loving it. I was hoping for a white Christmas this year in CO. And I'm going to get my wish.

Posted by: Jim | Dec 20, 2006 11:57:13 AM

The blizzard is great, except for the fact that it is an upslope, Copper probably won't get as much as say Eldora.

Gotta love Colorado! Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Adam | Dec 20, 2006 12:04:21 PM

Send some snow up to New England, it's too warm!

Posted by: Sean C. | Dec 20, 2006 12:10:20 PM

Farm, horses, snow... Sounds pretty good to me!

Posted by: Nathan | Dec 20, 2006 12:14:05 PM

I'm jealous. Down here in the SE we never get snow. Have fun!

Posted by: Tees My Body | Dec 20, 2006 12:14:33 PM

It could take you a day to get to Copper, at this point . . .

Posted by: John Windsor | Dec 20, 2006 12:19:13 PM

Please send some snow to Missoula, the skiing is terrible right now. Thanks.

Posted by: Lance Fisher | Dec 20, 2006 12:27:51 PM

I love harsh environments like youre winters.
But its not gonna happen for this Dutch dude.
Its practically summer over here.
Imagine, snow, fireplace, MacBook and some hot 'cocoa'.

Happy Holidays Kathy!

Posted by: Peter | Dec 20, 2006 1:36:10 PM

Alaska is in a blizzard like condition also. We're having fun ;)

Posted by: Daruku | Dec 20, 2006 1:37:19 PM


We had a couple of Percherons (and two foals, one from each) that my son was learning to drive for farming, etc., here in Ohio, back in 1999. Great horses.

BTW, what's wrong with logging as long as it's done responsibly? Trees are a wonderful and harvestable resource.

Keep up the great blog.

Posted by: Chris Ryland | Dec 20, 2006 2:03:06 PM

I live in Northern Colorado, and it's white, very white out. I moved out here back in 99 away from Lake Erie, which routinely gets 100" or more of snow a year. Which means, of course, it's warm out east...

Posted by: Seth Daire | Dec 20, 2006 3:21:19 PM

Oooo . . . just heard that some passengers at DIA may not be able to leave until Saturday or Sunday. That would suck. I don't think Boulder is going to dry out until June.

Posted by: John Windsor | Dec 20, 2006 3:21:44 PM

What's your location? I'm in westcliffe and it's stopped snowing but still blowing.

Posted by: janet | Dec 20, 2006 5:22:30 PM

I was at work when the Boss called saying he saw 3 accidents before he had gone a mile so he turned around and to me to go home. I was just about ready to go anyway so that was fine too. nasty weather. There were ripples in the snow in the parking lot. Haven't seen that in a long time.

Our 4 yo daughter is loving "cooking" with snow. She keeps asking for more so she can mix it and eat.

Posted by: Stephan Fassmann | Dec 20, 2006 5:27:18 PM

as a colorado native, I say, "bring it on!"

Posted by: hubs | Dec 20, 2006 5:58:51 PM

Here in Florida it is pretty hot. Hot enough that you have to wear shorts and have their airco on to keep the house cool. It would be nice to have at least a cold Floridian day for Christmas, but this weekend there is a prediction of thunderstorms. :-p

Oh well, I've never even seen snow, so it isn't like I know what it is like to miss it. ;-)

Posted by: Ethan Poole | Dec 20, 2006 6:28:20 PM

Greetings from Fort Collins. It's kind of funny that I was reading an announcement from our school district this morning, which mentioned that the bus drivers are trained for these conditions. My neighbor ended up with one of the school buses stuck in his driveway.

Posted by: Jeremy Slade | Dec 20, 2006 7:40:30 PM

Wow -- I've never seen anything like this (I'm in north Boulder). It's still coming down and blowing, all the vehicles out here are completely buried, and it took two hours for three of us to give the horses their dinner. So far, the power is still on so the electric waterers are working, or we'd be working all night. It's scary, but so beautiful, completely alien-looking, and dead silent. I have no idea what it'll be like in the morning, but they don't expect it to really stop until tomorrow sometime.

One of the natives out here said this looks like the storm of the decade.

Ethan: Have a nice mararita or something for me while you're out there in the sun... ; )

Chris: the percherons are amazing... they are such gentle giants too; my roommate uses them for kid's lessons, but they're like twice the size of my Icy's!

hubs: yeah, yeah, I want to hear what you have to say tomorrow ; )

Jeremy: I reckon things already look a lot worse than when you took that photo. I still can't believe we have power.

Peter: thanks for the suggestion...we really ARE going to do some hot cocoa and use the MacBook to download some Daily Shows for the evening's entertainment...

Adam: ah... the upslope thing. I wasn't thinking about that, but I'm hoping there's enough snow to go around--my season pass is only for Copper. I've never been to Eldora, but it might be fun to try. Assuming we can ever leave our driveway ever again.

I wonder what it's like in Snowmass right now.

John: Take it back!! It will TOO dry out before June. I think. If all else fails, I'm heading to Australia in January, so it should be a bit nicer over there this time of year...

Thanks folks -- I'll keep you posted. In the meantime think less snowy thoughts. I didn't even manage to go grocery shopping before this all began. It's amazing how creative you can be with microwave popcorn, though.

Posted by: Kathy Sierra | Dec 20, 2006 8:09:43 PM

I live on the coast 100km (60 miles) from Melbourne Australia. Its summer here and can be 40 degrees c or 112 F then within 30 to 60 minutes it can drop to 12 c. Its the freakiest weather in the country. Today is very hot but Christmas Day theres a chance it might snow in the mountains. Chilled wine or hot cocoa.

Posted by: Ashley Patten | Dec 21, 2006 1:35:03 AM

No worries about getting to the grocery store -- they were all closed last night, plus Noodles, plus everything else. We had a very, ah, eclectic dinner ourselves last night.

As for Eldora, it's not Copper (my fav), but at only 24 miles from Boulder, it's a lot better than hassling with I-70 all the time. My Swiss, ski-goddess wife, who's a snob about skiing, doesn't even complain. Great for the kids, too. (And, no, I'm not on their payroll)

Posted by: John Windsor | Dec 21, 2006 6:50:13 AM

The cars are buried up to the windows or higher here in Northglenn. One looks like a big wedge under a drift. It's a nice light powder that'll be easy to shovel. Go plenty of food and the power is still on. We're fine. Good luck.

Posted by: Stephan Fassmann | Dec 21, 2006 9:16:23 AM

We're having a highest snowfall in 50+ years season up in Saskatchewan too. Looks like we might have a reprieve during the holiday driving season here. My fingers are crossed.

Posted by: Kevin | Dec 21, 2006 10:24:00 AM

Merry Christmas and enjoy playing snowman!

Posted by: Alfred Chew | Dec 21, 2006 10:27:09 AM


Welcome to Australia (in January). *Definitely* no snow here - we are already in the midst of one of the (if not *the*) driest summers on record, with bushfire season starting 2 months early. Half of rural south-east Australia is fire affected and the smoke is affecting Melbourne (and, I think, Sydney) daily. Microwave popcorn? Just put it out the back door and wait 10 minutes... ;)

Not to put you off, Australia is still a great place to live and to visit. I'd just love some of your snow right now. :)

Enjoy your trip (and if you visit Melbourne, I can tip you off on some great bars, cafes & restaurants).

Posted by: Tim | Dec 21, 2006 8:37:29 PM

Sitting in Perth, Western Australia right now at 9:00pm and it's still 26.5C (82F?) - shorts and T-shirts and air-con. Due to be 34C on Christmas Day, and 37C on Boxing Day... I'd *love* some snow, but not a blizzard. Just a flurry or two.

Posted by: Rhonda | Dec 22, 2006 5:18:44 AM

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