Preparing for a Boulder Colorado Winter

October 18th, 2018 by

Snow covered mountain landscape with road winding through it

Winter is coming, and you know what that means: snow. Lots and lots of snow. While the weather in Colorado can be intimidating, you can be prepared for what’s coming and enjoy the season rather than dreading that next storm if you take a few steps now before it gets here.

Get a Vehicle Check-Up Before Winter

How Many Days a Year Does it Snow in Boulder, CO?

Boulder gets, on average, 95 inches of snow every year – that’s a lot of snow! Even so, it’s one of the sunniest places in the U.S. with 245 sunny days every year – a good figure to have while you’re waiting for the snow to stop, so you can get out of the house and enjoy it.

How Cold Does It Get in Boulder?

For many, a mental image of Boulder in the winter brings to mind arctic chill and frozen roadways and, while that’s not an unfair picture, it’s not quite accurate. Across the U.S. the average low temperature in January, the coldest month of the year, is 22.6 degrees. That’s a chilly temperature! In Boulder that temperature drops to 17.9 degrees on average. Not warm, but not insurmountable.

Driving in Boulder, CO Snow

Many people come to Colorado expecting snowmageddon, the end times covered in puffy white drifts that swallow you whole. The truth, however, isn’t all that bad, if you just take a few precautions, and make sure your vehicle has the right safety equipment and technology:

  • Consider an AWD vehicle
  • Buy all-season tires
  • Carry chains or cables for extra traction if needed
  • Pack an emergency kit
  • Check your fluids
  • Inspect your lights
  • Test your brakes
  • Fill your washer fluid
  • Change your wiper blades
  • Have your battery tested

Preparing your vehicle in advance and taking your time on the road will help keep your wheels under you where they belong — especially if you’re driving on the mountain roads.

What is There to Do in Boulder in the Winter?

Once you’ve mastered the art of driving in the snow, you’ll be free to explore all the wonderful things to do in Boulder and Denver this winter, including:

  • Catch a Concert: The Fox Theater in Boulder host some big local and national names, as well as occasional special shows of classic movies.
  • Learn to Ski: Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular activities in Boulder, and for good reason, it’s great exercise and you have a chance to see a beautiful, untouched landscape.
  • Ice Skate: Longmont’s Ice Pavilion offers family skate times, hockey, lessons, and much more.
  • Get a Sled: Boulder is surrounded by hills just made for sledding, pick one, gather your friends, and hit the slopes.
  • Visit the Planetarium: The Fiske Planetarium offers educational science shows, laser light shows and, of course, planetarium shows to delight all ages. Best of all, it’s indoors where you can stay warm.

Get Ready for Winter at Fisher Honda

Prepare yourself and your vehicle for winter with a multipoint inspection at Fisher Honda and be ready for anything the next Boulder winter sends your way.


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