Blizzard of '06

Fort Collins got hit by 2 feet of snow on Wednesday, Dec 20th, a few days before Christmas. The forecast grew from 8-10 inches, to 12-16 inches, to 12-24 inches throughout the day. Work would be closed Thursday, so 4 of us in the neighborhood snowshoed to a friends place and played games and worked on his left over keg of O'Dell's 90 Schilling (awesome local bew). I've never seen such a snow induced paralysis. Colorado is aweful at snow removal. They never sand or salt anything, and only blow the main rows. My cul-de-sac was finally plowed (an extreme rarity) 1am Sunday morning. Prior to that, my local neighborhood streets had a 8 inch snow pack with huge bumps and trenches from the 4x4 cars that could navigate them. I tried to get out Thursday night, but my car got stuck and it took 3 neighbors to push me back into my garage. I heard the sound of cars spinning tires trying to get unstuck for 3 days. Fortunately Wendy has a Honda CRV, and helped me get around places.

On the plus side, I did get to do some snowshoeing on the trail in my backyard Saturday, and the weather was sunny and pleasant Thurs-Sunday.

Oh yeah, my Fri morning flight to go home for Xmas got cancelled, and my Fri afternoon make-up flight got cancelled too. It looked like I wouldn't get home til the day after Christmas (Tues), but I'm on a flight to Kansas City as I write this, and hope to catch an earlier flight to Chicago, to catch an earlier flight to Syracuse, so that I arrive at 9pm Christmas Eve (ahead of my 11:50pm scheduled itinerary). I'm just glad I didn't get stuck at the Denver Airport during the blizzard...


The snow was about a foot high at my garage door, and got to at least 2.5 feet high at the curb. The winds created large drifts everywhere...


I had shoveled 6 inches of snow on my driveway the day before, as well...



My deck had no snow on it. The wind blew it...


...into my back yard.


Check out the wall of snow at the end of my driveway. The snow was 2 feet higher than the curb, and no snow plow would reach my street until 3 1/2 days later. I tried my best to shovel the street...


A look out back at Horsetooth Rock...


My neighbor's kid sits in the unplowed street...



No way I'll be able to drive in this with my VW GTI. 4 wheel drive is a must. I think CO towns expect people to own 4x4 cars to take car of themselves...



Someone walking their dog and skiing down the road. Cars eventually compressed the snow into a 7-8 inch snowpack, which eventually acquired mega bumps and holes, like the rough jeep road from my Snowmass trip (although this was not at an incline at least)...


However, my cul-de-sac location ensured that no cars would come and pack down the snow in front of my house. I tried to get out Thursday night, to see if I could drive to the airport the next morning (didn't matter, cause my flight got cancelled), but I got stuck. My car was trapped for the long haul...


My neighbor helped me shovel the road. She was also home bound for several days...


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