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AgilityPup
12-20-2006, 04:56 PM
Hey all,
Wow, what a day. It's blowing hard, many, many interstates are shut down and we got dismissed from work at 10 a.m. to head home and hunker down. I'm in Old Colorado City/Garden of the Gods environs and visibility is about 50-100 yards. Driving home the whole 2 miles was scary. The E was a champ though. Where are you and howzit?? :???:

Stay safe and warm,
KM

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-20-2006, 05:13 PM
ya supposed to get some nasty a$$ snow there bud...:D

funcar4me
12-20-2006, 05:22 PM
I woke up this morning and saw the school closings crawl on the screen and kept hoping, "Let us be closed. Let us be closed." I guess I'll have to use my vacation leave after all. So far we've been lucky. We got the rain part of the storm and so far none of it has frozen.

Glad you made it home safely. I had to drive home from work in a similar storm a couple of weeks ago. Luckily, I followed the sand truck the whole way home. It was some of the scariest driving I've ever had to do. I can't imagine having to commute any kind of distance in those conditions.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-20-2006, 05:26 PM
C.O. is supposed to get 2' of snow over the day

Rock E Top
12-20-2006, 05:32 PM
It took me 1 1/2 hours to get from Evans and Monaco to Parker. I-25 was shut down at Lincoln (to New Mexico.... the state) so I tried Arapahoe figuring Lincoln would be a zoo, and Arapahoe was a zoo. An hour to get from Havana to Lima. Several vehicles and a semi tangled up there, and once it was cleared, the people driving w/o snows could not negotiate that slight rise in the road. I drove through them like a slalom course to get through. BTW, I was in our Geo Prizm w/ Snowtrakker ST/2 tires. What awesome (Sam's = cheap) tires. The wifey shoveled my side of the drive (12" by then) so I could easily coast into the garage next to the E, who(m) did not have to work today. Nice storm!!!

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-20-2006, 05:36 PM
well Rock, add another 8-10'' to that total soon i hope we get some soon :-(

Rock E Top
12-20-2006, 05:37 PM
well Rock, add another 8-10'' to that total soon i hope we get some soon :-(

Sleep in tomorrow!!!

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-20-2006, 05:41 PM
ok Rock update our weather says ya going to get ...ya ready? 20'' of snow

Rock E Top
12-20-2006, 05:59 PM
We have been hearing 12 - 24" all day. If you ask me, the 12" is here already and the 24" is in the bag.

perfdata
12-20-2006, 06:42 PM
We're in the mountains between Canon City and Westcliffe, drifting is the biggest issue right now. It's postcard snow right now, it's really a Christmas scene.

I had the E out today, first time in this weather, handled even better than our Cherokee. Plowed right through the snow, helps it's dry.

Be careful everyone, it looks a lot worse in most of Colorado than here.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-20-2006, 08:35 PM
well ya all be careful ya might lose ya E'' in the snow drifts...:D

AgilityPup
12-20-2006, 08:55 PM
[QUOTE=funcar4meSNIP Luckily, I followed the sand truck the whole way home. It was some of the scariest driving I've ever had to do. I can't imagine having to commute any kind of distance in those conditions.[/QUOTE]
H
ey FunCar, the sand truck passed me (heading the opposite direction) during the last big snow we had and that's how I got my windshield replaced! The next morning there were dozens of pockmarks and chips and then 2 cracks started to spread on the driver's side. I saved some of the "sand", LOL, more like chunks, that were caught in the ice on my grill. Claim with the city is still pending, but it seems they will reimburse my new windshield.

Luckily my so-called commute is only a couple miles. Seems as though we may have a snow day tomorrow. Brrrrr, it's a chilly night and the wind is howling.
KM

Rock E Top
12-21-2006, 09:43 AM
25" in Parker and it is still falling as hard as yesterday. Pic's to folow.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-21-2006, 11:06 AM
EHHH ya going to be able to get out?:lol:

perfdata
12-21-2006, 11:16 AM
We're done down here, my guess is 10". Talked to a client south of us tucked right up against the 14er's, he has at least 20" with drifts over his waist (and he's a tall guy) and snowshoes are basically worthless, he's having a heck of a time getting out to his animals. Lots of wind down there too, we're pretty calm.

Been out doing donuts with the Honda ATV, going to plow this afternoon with it. Also taking pics, will post later.

gee
12-21-2006, 11:32 AM
around 20 inches in Lafayette and it is still snowing a bit.

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ann54
12-21-2006, 11:36 AM
Been out doing donuts with the Honda ATV, going to plow this afternoon with it. Also taking pics, will post later.[/QUOTE]


Now that sounds like fun. In my younger days we used to find an empty parking lot that was icy and do donuts with our cars.

Hab Mobile
12-21-2006, 01:57 PM
Reminds me of home (Waterloo, Ontario). Keep warm and stay safe!

lifeizgood
12-21-2006, 03:57 PM
around 20 inches in Lafayette and it is still snowing a bit.

Great pics - thanks for the post. I miss playing in the snow, but not having to shovel it. :rolleyes:

Rock E Top
12-21-2006, 05:52 PM
Here is our daughter, sixteen months navigating her first major snow.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-21-2006, 07:42 PM
Rock...cutie ya got there and the dogs look like they are havin fun :D

liteyouup
12-21-2006, 07:58 PM
I'm in Thornton, CO, and it was pretty bad yesterday, but even with the SC wheels and some all season tires, the E held up just fine. Great in the snow, and I saw people getting stuck all over the place. The highways were closed on several parts of the state and stuff.

Rock E Top
12-21-2006, 10:06 PM
Rock...cutie ya got there and the dogs look like they are havin fun :D

Thanks, both the kid and the boys had a large time in the snow.

PrizIce
12-22-2006, 09:17 AM
The E kicks a$$ in the snow. After shoveling a 3' drift at the front of my driveway I was the first one able to make it down my street. I live in the DU area, and drove around the residential streets just for fun, and I NEVER GOT STUCK!!!:D I got a lot of waves and stares from people walking down the street; I think they were surprised my car was blazing the trail for everyone else. I use to regret selling my Land Rover for storms like this, but not anymore. HELLS YEAH!!! Bring on the snow. I will post some pics later.

uukbar
12-22-2006, 09:27 AM
can you please send some snow to WI. it's been one crappy start to a winter here. lets see, it has been raining the last three days...... might get crap ice/rain mix today and tonight. might turn to snow late. it's a big crudy mud hole around here. i would love to have a foot of snow for my E to play in!!!:-(

wheels041605
12-22-2006, 10:06 AM
I Want Snow :-(

perfdata
12-22-2006, 10:30 AM
We're going to keep all the snow as it is our main source of water, sorry.

What a wacky storm. I drive 15 miles north yesterday, they had nothing! I called 15 miles south, they got 2 feet and huge drifts (road trip w/ camera today). The mountains certainly do influence how these storms travel but we're not immune, 3 years ago 4 feet in 24 hours (in April). My guess is we got 6-8", less than I initially thought and it's already melting.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-23-2006, 01:16 PM
ohhh come Data, how bout 8-10'' ya got what 3' of the white stuff..:)

perfdata
12-23-2006, 05:28 PM
Half of it is already gone, probably 4" on the ground now. I was in Pueblo today, it was shut down during the storm, doesn't even look like it snowed there. A couple more days and it will all be in the ground.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-23-2006, 07:15 PM
hmmmm and all ya wanna do is play in it how bout in the mnts.?

ShaneS
12-23-2006, 07:59 PM
Hey all,
Wow, what a day. It's blowing hard, many, many interstates are shut down and we got dismissed from work at 10 a.m. to head home and hunker down. I'm in Old Colorado City/Garden of the Gods environs and visibility is about 50-100 yards. Driving home the whole 2 miles was scary. The E was a champ though. Where are you and howzit?? :???:

Stay safe and warm,
KM

I wish some of that snow would come our way to the East coast. The temps are about 30' warmer than normal here.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-23-2006, 09:55 PM
Ya Shane, it's about 44 here during the day..good for the heat bil but i want snow :cry:

Rock E Top
12-23-2006, 10:21 PM
Half of it is already gone, probably 4" on the ground now. I was in Pueblo today, it was shut down during the storm, doesn't even look like it snowed there. A couple more days and it will all be in the ground.

Not around here. They are still clearing subdivisions. Parker got 37" last count. My inlaws in Castle Rock got considerably more. They have six to eight foot snow banks throughout their sub.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-24-2006, 01:11 PM
now Rock that would be fun to play in with the E'' :D

Rock E Top
12-24-2006, 04:22 PM
It has been!

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-24-2006, 06:08 PM
i bet it has all we have had is rain, i think it is snowing there now is'nt it at least at the game is was

lifeizgood
12-25-2006, 02:31 AM
i bet it has all we have had is rain, i think it is snowing there now is'nt it at least at the game is was

[deciphering]

Yeah! :D

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-25-2006, 07:37 AM
sorry ummm Colin ,its P.A talk that and 1 too mant glasses of Merlot. :cool:

Rock E Top
12-25-2006, 09:46 AM
sorry ummm Colin ,its P.A talk that and 1 too mant glasses of Merlot. :cool:

Too many glasses of merlot? I doubt that can happen...


Yeah, It snowed up to two inches depending on where you were. We got about two at the inlaws in Castle Rock. A dusting in Parker.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-25-2006, 10:01 AM
lucky you.. no snow here dreary though, did denver win? and yeps merlot is sooo good i found a red table wine at 12.00 a 1/2 gal that does have a good taste if i want to have a drinky or five every night..:-D

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-28-2006, 07:13 AM
Rock..more snow commin your way up to a foot in someplace's drive careful.
lucky dog u :shock:

Rock E Top
12-28-2006, 08:04 AM
It getting old. I'm trying to buy a house an move.

Our subdivision saw its first real plow today.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-28-2006, 08:07 AM
Damn, so the powers to be said they are ready for this next storm, and when are you moving?

perfdata
12-28-2006, 08:09 AM
Rock..more snow commin your way up to a foot in someplace's drive careful.
lucky dog u :shock:

Some of the computer models are showing possibly 2', we'll see. I'm ready; generator, ATV gas, food and no need to go anywhere, we work out of the house and could hunker down for weeks if necessary.

Rock E Top
12-28-2006, 08:15 AM
"SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT WITH NEW SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 18 INCHES POSSIBLE BY LATE TONIGHT. NORTH WINDS AT 15 TO 25 MPH WILL CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW OVERNIGHT.

THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR ADDITIONAL HEAVY SNOWFALL AGAIN...ALONG WITH STRONG WINDS...ESPECIALLY FROM FRIDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS DURING THAT PERIOD COULD TOTAL 10 TO 20 INCHES. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE. STAY TUNED TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND YOUR LOCAL NEWS MEDIA FOR THE LATEST UPDATES CONCERNING THE HEAVY SNOW POTENTIAL OVER THE WEEKEND."


If I read this right, we could get anywhere from 18" to 38". There are two waves of weather coming.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-28-2006, 08:40 AM
i like snow but that is way too much i hope you have enough fuel water and food stay warm and cozy ohhh and lots of wine....:cool:

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-28-2006, 08:42 AM
dammit it is going to be almost 50 here today...sigh

perfdata
12-28-2006, 08:42 AM
I think you're reading that correctly, The Weather Channel is on here now. I get 9News forecasts, they usually aren't that accurate. I feel for you folks in towns and cities where snow renowal is an issue.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-28-2006, 08:59 AM
it depends how it tracks thru your area here it just said 8'' to 16''

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-28-2006, 09:02 AM
Data, do you have a plow on your ATV? i thought i saw somewhere's you could also get a snowblower, big thing like68'' or so

perfdata
12-28-2006, 03:30 PM
Data, do you have a plow on your ATV? i thought i saw somewhere's you could also get a snowblower, big thing like68'' or so

Yes, I have a 48" blade, electric lift, left/center/right is manual. I thought about a blower but all of our roads and drives are dirt which includes rocks, I remember what rocks do flying out of (or getting stuck in) a snowblower.

It's coming down an inch an hour right now, no wind. The town 15 miles south of us that got 23" last week has hardly anything, we're at almost 5" so I guess it's our turn.

I feel for the people in metro areas, many of the sidestreets haven't been plowed from last week's storm.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-28-2006, 04:57 PM
ya i hear you guys are going to get pounded with snow well have fun if you can.good luck

perfdata
12-29-2006, 12:01 AM
At 10:00 p.m. I'm guessing 16" and it's still coming down, most since I moved here. Will be out plowing most of tomorrow.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-29-2006, 07:36 AM
Data, it just came on the news you are getting snow till tomorrow , thats alot of white stuff i hope you have a place to push all the white stuff..:shock:

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-29-2006, 10:06 AM
Data, have you heard from Rock he might be buried under couple feet of snow?

Rock E Top
12-29-2006, 10:35 AM
I just shoveled 12" - 18" out of my driveway......

perfdata
12-29-2006, 11:23 AM
Where I plowed last night it didn't look like I did anything, drifted in. ATV is being challenged, got stuck several times, time for chains. I'm running out of room to push the stufff.

Been out for 90 minutes already, heading out for the day to get us and other unburied. Far more than last week down here.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-29-2006, 01:49 PM
Rock,Data, i hope ya guys get dug out ok did it say till tomorrow ya too get snow?:-o

perfdata
12-29-2006, 02:02 PM
Just back in from 2 1/2 hours of plowing, it's getting to the point to leave this to the professionals. If it wasn't cleaned out yesterday forget it, I can't push it. I just found studded tire chains on-line, think they may be a go.

Mrs. Perfdata is house-sitting 3 miles away including 1 mile of driveway, I'm taking her in and out on the ATV.

Despite all of this it sure is pretty!

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-29-2006, 03:11 PM
well Data, be careful dont get run over by any large plow trucks if they drive like they do here they are nutty :D

ann54
12-29-2006, 03:39 PM
Just back in from 2 1/2 hours of plowing, it's getting to the point to leave this to the professionals. If it wasn't cleaned out yesterday forget it, I can't push it. I just found studded tire chains on-line, think they may be a go.

Mrs. Perfdata is house-sitting 3 miles away including 1 mile of driveway, I'm taking her in and out on the ATV.

Despite all of this it sure is pretty!

You Coloradans have really gotten socked this year. Sounds like you are doing well in spite of the snow. Happy New Year.:)

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-29-2006, 03:44 PM
see people in P.A feel for ya all we really wishing we had some of that snow Data :D

AgilityPup
12-29-2006, 03:45 PM
Just back in from 2 1/2 hours of plowing, it's getting to the point to leave this to the professionals. If it wasn't cleaned out yesterday forget it, I can't push it. I just found studded tire chains on-line, think they may be a go.

Mrs. Perfdata is house-sitting 3 miles away including 1 mile of driveway, I'm taking her in and out on the ATV.

Despite all of this it sure is pretty!

Hey all,
Here a few photos from Colorado Springs: one from my driveway and one within Garden of the Gods. Lots of pretty white stuff for sure, but it's a heavier snow than last week. Enjoy and stay warm! Perf, where in the mtns. are you?
KM

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-29-2006, 04:05 PM
PUP, good lookind E'' and thanks for the pics. how is the E' getting around?

perfdata
12-29-2006, 04:12 PM
The plows out here usually drive on the opposite side of the road so they can see and be seen. There's signs on all of the county roads warning the non-locals of this practice.

The rotation of the storn on The Weather Channel makes it look like this will continue through tomorrow.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-29-2006, 04:17 PM
hmmmData, the nuts here would run ya down the damn trucks have flatten my mailbox at least a doz. times,i am thinkin of maybe..ohh a claymore..lol
:-D

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-29-2006, 04:17 PM
how much more snow are they talking about till tomorrow?

perfdata
12-29-2006, 04:20 PM
Perf, where in the mtns. are you?
KM

I'm halfway between Canon City and Westcliffe off of Oak Creek Grade, 8,200" elevation.

Right here (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=1009+shoshone+drive,+canon+city,+co+81212+&ie=UTF8&z=11&ll=38.262446,-105.311165&spn=0.304076,0.973663&om=1)

We were at the GOG Trading Post a couple of weeks ago doing all of our Christmas shopping, I'd like to go through there when there's snow.

perfdata
12-29-2006, 04:23 PM
hmmmData, the nuts here would run ya down the damn trucks have flatten my mailbox at least a doz. times,i am thinkin of maybe..ohh a claymore..lol
:-D

Out here we all put up our own mailboxes in a row at the end of the road, there's a very crooked line of them and one guy put his out a bit too far and many times I've almost hit my rear view mirror on it. The snowplow took care of it last night :-D

perfdata
12-29-2006, 04:26 PM
how much more snow are they talking about till tomorrow?

Who knows, they said 3" for us yesterday, ended up being 16". Whatever falls falls, I'm not going anywhere.

The April before we moved out here they got 4-6' in this neighborhood in one shot. Private road so the county doesn't come out, it's up to all of us, 1 mile to the county road.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-29-2006, 04:27 PM
Data, mine is back i just think the guy is cracked :razz:

AgilityPup
12-29-2006, 06:01 PM
PUP, good lookind E'' and thanks for the pics. how is the E' getting around?
ST Dave,
The E is fully rockin'--no problems and feels very stable and sure-footed. Outperformed a Subaru and a Hyundai on the christmas tree expedition up into Pike National Forest last month--all were suitably impressed. We've been following a variety of fish-tailin' vehicles from every stoplight the past few days with nary a wobble. LOVE IT!!

Perf--you are in a gorgeous spot! We are researching the Westcliffe environs for the future retirement spot, another 10 or so years down the road tho.

Hang in there all,
KM

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-29-2006, 06:10 PM
Pup, thats great i think the element is a great lil 4 wheeler.
Data, that sucks you guys got to take care of the road

Rock E Top
12-29-2006, 07:51 PM
I just got back from digging my inlaws Ody out of a snow bank. Snow was drifted up to the windows on two sides and snow plowed in on a third. The fourth was against the snow bank, 6'. They are in Castle Rock, more snow there.


The E was stellar!

airgate
12-29-2006, 07:52 PM
Simply amazing...wow...

perfdata
12-29-2006, 08:06 PM
Data, that sucks you guys got to take care of the road

Well, yes and no. When this area was set up there was no homeowner's association formed and trying to do after the fact won't happen until some of the people that were first were 20 year ago leave. The great part is it isn't a through road so all traffic is local, we see maybe one car an hour.

perfdata
12-29-2006, 08:19 PM
Perf--you are in a gorgeous spot! We are researching the Westcliffe environs for the future retirement spot, another 10 or so years down the road tho.

Hang in there all,
KM

We were out riding the ATV at 8:00 last night to take Mrs. Perfdata to house-sit. She called her mother and told her about the trip over there in the cold and wind and the snow flying all over us and then she said "I wouldn't trade living here for anything." It's work to live here, 17 miles to a store or gas station, you really have to plan to be stuck for awhile. Unfortunatly, probably half the people here aren't and long-term 90% of the people that move here leave because they can't handle the remoteness. We wouldn't have it any other way.

Why don't you point that E towards us next summer and come down for the a day, we'll give you the tour (way too much to write in e-mails). We bought 37 acres 12 miles south of Westcliffe 9 years ago with dreams of building on it, it's still there. Land is starting to go up in price quite rapidly, you may want to consider a land purchase soon if you're going to build.

perfdata
12-29-2006, 08:20 PM
Forecast update - 9 to 20" additional snowfall through Sunday, I'm guessing here at 20" right now.

perfdata
12-29-2006, 08:43 PM
... that I have had my E for 5 months and never posted a picture of it. Here it is:

http://www.perfectiondata.com/images/BuriedE.jpg

IRV
12-29-2006, 09:03 PM
Forecast update - 9 to 20" additional snowfall through Sunday, I'm guessing here at 20" right now.
You should move back to Elgin.:D

It was 52 degrees here today.:lol:

perfdata
12-29-2006, 09:07 PM
You should move back to Elgin.:D

It was 52 degrees here today.:lol:

It will snow a lot more than this in you-know-where before I move anywhere else. My sister, who still lives in Elgin, is itching to get out here, someday (when the kids are out of school).

The snow out here is white wherever it is, not that grimy salt filled stuff in Illinois.

K-Dogg
12-29-2006, 10:41 PM
Hey Coloradoan's,
Take care over there! That one-two punch from back-to-back snowstorms gotta be rough! Wishing you guys a Happy & Safe New Year! :D

Rock E Top
12-29-2006, 10:42 PM
Ach! The weak live elsewhere. (Old Buffalo, NY rally cry)

AgilityPup
12-29-2006, 10:42 PM
... that I have had my E for 5 months and never posted a picture of it. Here it is:

http://www.perfectiondata.com/images/BuriedE.jpg

Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa--that's almost exactly what mine looked like this morning! LOL, only remnants of the snow are visible in my pics, nearly half an hour to get it all off and out of my driveway! Good one Perf.
Thanks for the offer, I will certainly take you up on it. That is exactly why we've been scouting around out there, to buy some land now and then figure out what to build or upgrade (depending upon what we find and if there's anything on it now). It's a process...:::sigh::::
Stay warm all,
KM

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-30-2006, 09:22 AM
Data, just said on early show news ya too get 3' of the white stuff.what kind of house you going to build on the 37 aches a log home?

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-30-2006, 09:24 AM
Rock watch ya back i hear that snow is still commin down:)

perfdata
12-30-2006, 11:34 AM
Data, just said on early show news ya too get 3' of the white stuff.what kind of house you going to build on the 37 aches a log home?

Believe it or not it rained last night, we have about 1/8" of ice on everything. Just went to town for more gas for the ATV, it was starting to snow there, just real dark here. They're backing off of 20", last I saw was 3-12". We'll see.

The intention on the 37 acres was to build a log home but I'm still working and trying to do that and build would have been nuts. We found a 3 year old log home on 5 acres in 2004 that the owner was hardly ever in, it was in brand new condition when we got it. The 37 sits with a 1600' drive and a brand new well, who knows what we'll do with it. It's paid for and the taxes are cheap and will drop to only $12 in a couple more years as the area was just opened up for grazing.

37 acres would hold a lot of E's for a Rocky Mountain EOC campout. BYOS (bring your own shovel, that's the washroom out there).

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-30-2006, 02:31 PM
Data, ice great more work. to the log house i have a few friends who built them and they can be lots of up keep staining and such watch putting in sky lights 1 friend did that and bitches all the time in the winter says they leak after a few years...:-D

perfdata
12-30-2006, 03:49 PM
Most of the houses out here have ProPanel roofs because of the wind (record - 143 mph) and everyone says no skylights, they will leak. It's not worth it, just put in more windows.

I wanted a log home since I was a small kid, it's worth the extra work. And it's real log, not a stick building with log siding.

We've got zip snow today, I think it's over, that's fine with me.

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-30-2006, 05:43 PM
well i hope it is the last of the snow. now too find a place to put all the white stuff :-)

Speedy Toaster Dave
12-31-2006, 07:14 PM
well wanted to wish ya guys a HAPPY NEW YEAR...:D :D

AgilityPup
12-31-2006, 09:45 PM
Happy New Year from me too...here is where we were earlier today. Can't wait to see the fireworks from Pikes Peak later tonight, it's crystal clear out and all the fresh snow above treeline will make it just beautiful!
Perf, can you see them from your place? Bet you can...?
KM

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-01-2007, 08:35 AM
PUP, thats a cool looking pic and the E' looks great :D

perfdata
01-01-2007, 10:49 AM
Perf, can you see them from your place? Bet you can...?
KM

AAAARRRGHHH!!! I didn't even think of this and just read this post on Monday morning. I also saw all of the stories about this on the news and it still didn't connect, my head must still be thawing out from 100 miles of plowing.

We have a few hills/mountains in the way but if we go to the trailhead at the highest point between us and Canon City we get a great view of Pikes Peak (apx 50 miles away). We'll be there for 2008.

Rock E Top
01-01-2007, 01:40 PM
I get a great view of Pikes Peak from Parker Rd. in Arapahoe County.

lifeizgood
01-01-2007, 02:43 PM
Happy New Year from me too...here is where we were earlier today...
Beautiful pic, AP. The light blue shadows on the snow truly compliment your ABM. :)

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-01-2007, 02:50 PM
Data sit down breathe and drink a bottle of good burbon...:D

AgilityPup
01-01-2007, 05:50 PM
Beautiful pic, AP. The light blue shadows on the snow truly compliment your ABM. :)

Those shadows serve to hide the grime very nicely! Was thinking to wash and WAYD today, but no! Beer drinking, chips eating and football on the tv are winning easily. LOL!! :rolleyes:
KM

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-05-2007, 07:26 AM
Data,Rock,and Pup, its too be 60 here today i want snow...:evil:

Rock E Top
01-05-2007, 08:35 AM
3" to 6" more today..... 9 degrees tonight....:razz: :razz:

perfdata
01-05-2007, 09:44 AM
It just started coming down, to the south 10 miles they're supposed to get 3-8", 10 miles to the north nothing. The wind is blowing also, that hasn't happened in the last two storms. Very grey outside.

This must be a weekly thing now.

lifeizgood
01-05-2007, 12:14 PM
Data,Rock,and Pup, its too be 60 here today i want snow...:evil:

It's already 68 here today :(

perfdata
01-05-2007, 02:31 PM
Worse than the last 2 snows, already 2' drifts (in 3 hours since it started snowing). Just got back from town, E once again went through everything.

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-05-2007, 04:23 PM
thats it Data, rub it in i think i am living in England all it does is rain and we gots fog...

perfdata
01-05-2007, 05:13 PM
I feel like I'm bailing out a boat with a teaspoon, it's brutal. It's snowing sideways and the temp has started to drop. Fortunately my snowboard pants arrived today, it was nice not to have to come in because I was soaked. All I need now are snowmobile goggles and heated grips (ordered today).

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-05-2007, 05:27 PM
Data, that really sucks where ya going to put all dat snow?

perfdata
01-05-2007, 05:50 PM
I plowed the drive at a 45 degree angle (back and forth) to push the piles back so I have a bit more room. The drive is 700' long so it took awhile (2 hours).

A lot of snow melted in the last week but where it's piled up it didn't go down much.

I don't know if it's a good idea to keep plowing when it's drifting or not. A snow fence along the drive may not be a bad idea.

IRV
01-05-2007, 07:02 PM
hey data, sounds like tough sledding. It was 52 here today. But I know you wouldn't trade places and I pretty much agree with you.8)

Now, on the issue of snow fence. The placement and alignment with the winds is critical. Otherwise you dump MORE snow where you don't want it.

Look here:http://www.us-fence.com/HTML/snow-instructions.html

I know a little about snow. I was in charge of snow removal for the Dundee/ Hampshire / Carpentersville / Algonquin schools in 1979. You might remember that winter.

A couple of refreshers:

http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/disasters/snowstorms.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20001209211000/www.chicagotribune.com/news/metro/chicago/ws/item/0,1308,42191-42196-20868,00.html


The best story of that winter for me was a request to help get a dog of the roof of a school. He'd run up a snow drift and couldn't get down.:D

BoulderBox
01-05-2007, 07:04 PM
Check out this thread if you'd like to see a few pics from the Boulder CO area between a couple of the storms... We're getting socked in again today. There's over 12 inches at my place, but it's varying a lot from place to place. And colder!

(Not sure if this link will come out right... my first attempt to post a URL here.)

http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28775&page=6

-Mitch

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-05-2007, 09:08 PM
you poor guys are getting pounded with snow and Data yeps a snow fence might be what you need

perfdata
01-05-2007, 10:06 PM
I know a little about snow. I was in charge of snow removal for the Dundee/ Hampshire / Carpentersville / Algonquin schools in 1979. You might remember that winter.

A couple of refreshers:

http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/disasters/snowstorms.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20001209211000/www.chicagotribune.com/news/metro/chicago/ws/item/0,1308,42191-42196-20868,00.html

That was one monster snow season, wasn't it something like 100" total for the winter? I was living in a farm house by Barrington Rd. & Penny Rd., I can't remember how long it took to get out but once I did I moved back home to Mom and Dad :)

I ordered some oversize wheels and agressive tires for the ATV today (one of my clients is the local Arctic Cat dealer and I had a store credit for some work I did for them). They also told me if I left the trans in manual mode rather than in automatic it would plow better. Tried it out, able to move a lot more snow than before.

Back at it tomorrow.

IRV
01-05-2007, 10:31 PM
That was one monster snow season, wasn't it something like 100" total for the winter? I was living in a farm house by Barrington Rd. & Penny Rd., I can't remember how long it took to get out but once I did I moved back home to Mom and Dad :) .
You know back then almost all cars were rear wheel, front engine drive. 4WD was limited to the snow plow gang. I had a 76 Olds Regal. Had to radio to the snow plow crew to come pick me up at Ducan and Dundee to get me back to Dundee. Spent two days at "snow command". :D

Front wheel drive cars are SO much better in the snow than our old heavy metal cars. And this here little Element with AWD is FUN to drive in the snow.:)

Good luck on your snow. Sit and enjoy it from time to time.

AgilityPup
01-05-2007, 11:04 PM
Wow Perf,
You all are getting pounded today. Hang in there! The latest forecasts show ANOTHER one inbound for next week too, so get them snowpants warm 'n dry between now and then. We had about 6 inches last night and today, but the trouble now is that the ground layer melted and then iced up superfast when the temps dropped. I actually 'drifted' through several 90 degree turns this evening--under control and sorta fun :razz:
waves to all,
KM

AgilityPup
01-05-2007, 11:06 PM
Hey Boulder,
Great pics! You all are getting tons of the white stuff from this one. How tough is it to get up to Estes from you? How's the road from Lyons to EP normally? We are thinking to head up there for some snowshoeing this weekend! TIA,
KM

BoulderBox
01-05-2007, 11:39 PM
Hey Agility,
Usually (summer) it's 45 mins to Estes; 60 mins to RMNPark (from Boulder). But we got a lot of snow today, and the roads are slick. And the foothills (read "everything from Lyons up to Estes") was s'posed to have gotten more. I'd say it may not be the best choice of weekend to head up there, unless you want to go slow. The temp is s'posed to stay low, which will keep the road icy, especially in the canyons on the way up. Bummer.

From Lyons, the St.Vrain canyon route is much more scenic (summer), but almost twice as long as the faster US36 route.

Now my wife is saying they're expecting ANOTHER storm next week ! :twisted:
What is this!?!? Every week a new snowstorm, but we've been enjoying the sledding here in town!
-Mitch

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-06-2007, 07:03 AM
Data, stay warm and dry and how do you like that cat? do they hold up good i was thinking of getting one. ya know if i moved out there with my snowblower it would never snow again....:rolleyes:

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-06-2007, 07:05 AM
IRV, my parnets had a brand new 50 chevy and with chains on it went almost anywhere..but yeps front wheel is good awd is great, i still miss my flat fender jeep.

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-06-2007, 07:06 AM
boulder kool pics dammit i want snow wanna send some this way.:D

perfdata
01-06-2007, 08:32 AM
Data, stay warm and dry and how do you like that cat? do they hold up good i was thinking of getting one. ya know if i moved out there with my snowblower it would never snow again....:rolleyes:

The ATV we have is a 2004 Honda Foretrax Foreman Rubicon 500cc water cooled FT 4WD with Hondamatic (both automatic and manual trans), we bought it right after we moved here new. The Arctic Cat dealer just opened this last summer, they do have some nice machines and I like how everything snaps into their system (Speedrack). When I was in there yesterday to order parts they had this huge one that seats 2 side by side with a cab, heater, plow, etc. and they offered it to me at cost to move it as they just started paying interest on it with their floor plan. I told them I want to get rid of vehicle payments, not add another one. Yes, it would be great in winter but not as much fun as an ATV in the summer when we go on the trails. Anyway, it would never snow again if I got one :)

What would I get next? I don't know, I'm really a loyal Honda customer (Civic, E, Rubicon, pressure washer) and I've never had a problem with them. The Arctic Cats use a Suzuki engine except the 750 which is their own creation, all built in Minnesota. I think for the best bang for the buck the Arctic Cat wins. I'd say try both. The Arctic Cat dealer owners are neighbors of mine and very knowledgeable, much more helpful than the Honda folks I bought mine from but they also did a good job. It probably helps that they are a cleint of mine and I've been responsive to their needs.

Time for another day of plowing...

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-06-2007, 05:11 PM
hmmm i think a honda is what i'll buy but will check out the cat'

ann54
01-06-2007, 07:47 PM
Perfdata, how are you making out with all the snow? I saw coverage of the avalanche on Route 40. It is incredible that no one was seriously hurt. Hope you and Mrs. Perf are all right.

perfdata
01-06-2007, 08:26 PM
Perfdata, how are you making out with all the snow? I saw coverage of the avalanche on Route 40. It is incredible that no one was seriously hurt. Hope you and Mrs. Perf are all right.

Thanks for asking, all is well here. Snow removal part 3 is done, worst yet due to more drifting. I've learned a lot this winter about snow removal, rule one is to push the first snow way back so there's a place to put the subsequent snows.

Route 40 is probably 225 miles north of us, there's avalanches all of the time but this one got attention becuase some cars were buried/pushed off the road. Last year some roads were closed over 3 months for repair.

Another storm is predicted to roll in next Friday. I've ridden my ATV a lot more miles than I have driven the E the last 2 weeks.

Thread jumping/hijack - one of the stray dogs we saw a few weeks ago was caught and taken to the shelter, there are still 3 out there. People are leaving lots of food for them so they come down and eat and then go back in the mountains. They aren't as thin as they were before. It's been in the local paper about them, another guy and myself went up the side of a mountain one day after them (what a workout, elevation 9,000 feet +) but they stayed just in front of us. If I could have just closed the back of the E a bit faster we'd have two of them in the shelter.

Rock E Top
01-06-2007, 10:10 PM
Another storm is predicted to roll in next Friday.


Yee haw!!!!! :rolleyes: Is winter over yet?

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-07-2007, 07:47 AM
errrr.. Rock& Data, seeems you guys are going to get hit again . i hope it is'nt too much more . Data maybe we could get IRV too come there and give snow removal advice...

perfdata
01-07-2007, 09:47 AM
Data maybe we could get IRV too come there and give snow removal advice...

I'll probably be seeing Irv on his turf instead of mine first, I grew up where he lives and my sister is still there. I know there has to be some techniques to this stuff, I learned another yesterday; raise the plow to about 2" below the undercarriage of the ATV and plow through, then drop the blade and go again. Doing this I got through 2' drifts just fine. Sometimes I think it would be great to have an old Jeep for plowing but that's a big investment and so far I have been doing fine.

I sure do sleep well at night after being out for hours on end.

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-07-2007, 10:16 AM
there's dothing like a old flat fender with a 4-5' plow to blow thru snow but thta atv will do just fine. drink some Jack and be well. :)

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-08-2007, 06:32 AM
woohooo, snow today...wait sigh ok snow showers ,probably a single flake or two..

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-08-2007, 04:40 PM
ok the weather man lied too me no snow 43 degree's out sigh:-(

perfdata
01-12-2007, 09:28 AM
...it's time for more snow, just started. We have no predictions on how much this time.

Drifting has been real bad the last couple of days, more people are getting stuck now, 5 days after the last storm, then when it was snowing. I can't move the stuff with the ATV it's so compacted.

uukbar
01-12-2007, 09:41 AM
sounds like this snow is starting to get out of hand. you'll have to start some fires to get it to melt and then be stuck with an ice rink.......

good luck, stay warm, and enjoy a tasty beverage at the end of the day:twisted:

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-12-2007, 02:17 PM
Data, a friend of mine has family there he said there are homes without power and all kinds of other problems but they didnt ask for FEMA help like some other city they take care of their own problems and i say good for you guys ... now send me some snow dammit...:D :D

perfdata
01-15-2007, 11:59 AM
Data, a friend of mine has family there he said there are homes without power and all kinds of other problems but they didnt ask for FEMA help like some other city they take care of their own problems and i say good for you guys ... now send me some snow dammit...:D :D

The Jefferson County Commissioner wrote that e-mail, I saw it last week and it was great. It was printed so I can't post, I'll ask the person who showed it to me if they have an electronic copy.

perfdata
01-15-2007, 12:08 PM
It's not real high but it's piled up everywhere, a plow will do only so much. I'm on the hunt for a snowblower (with a Honda engine, of course). Guys with end loaders are going day and night right now.

The last two days have been tough, it was -34 wind chill yesterday morning, probably -20 when I went out to plow. Plowed for 6 hours yesterday, put almost 400 miles on the ATV in the last month.

All the snow you want for free, you just need to come and get it.

And guess what - another storm is rolling in this weekend, that would be 5 weekends in a row. Neighbors who have been here 20 years say they've never seen anything like this, real old timers say this is the way it used to be every year.

As long as I can clean out the drive I'm a happy camper.

Just got an e-mail from a friend up in Everygreen, they're over 100" right now. Client a few miles away had 7 feet before this last weekend.

uukbar
01-15-2007, 10:01 PM
Just got an e-mail from a friend up in Everygreen, they're over 100" right now. Client a few miles away had 7 feet before this last weekend.

all i can say is.....wow.....i can't even picture what that much snow would look like.

Jeff Valliere
01-16-2007, 09:32 AM
I'm a little late to this thread. The Element has far exceeded my expectations in the recent snow here in Colorado. The four studded snow tires I bought along with the AWD has been a significant advantage. I actually had fun with every storm and look forward to cruising snowy roads and have taken the back way home a few times with the sole purpose to have fun in the snow. During the first blizzard, there were MANY large SUVs stuck on the side of the road (mainly due to bad tires/stupid driving I am sure), but I just confidently cruised in the E. I only got stuck when I tried to plow through a 4 foot drift, but I only did it because it was right in front of my house.

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-16-2007, 03:43 PM
data, sorry to hear that no snow here at all, dammit.... gee Jeff thanks :)

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-19-2007, 10:18 AM
well its cold today lil bit of ice and flurries i want snow dammit!!!:cool:

perfdata
01-19-2007, 01:17 PM
well its cold today lil bit of ice and flurries i want snow dammit!!!:cool:

How about some pictures of the 12' piles of snow that will probably be here until June?

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-19-2007, 02:21 PM
lol Data it quit already you guys got all the snow and Rock aint giving any up:razz:

Rock E Top
01-19-2007, 09:56 PM
My snow.:-P :-P

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-20-2007, 08:26 AM
DAMN...:shock: :grin: :grin:

Rock E Top
01-20-2007, 09:48 AM
2" - 4" through tomorrow.

perfdata
01-20-2007, 11:10 AM
2" - 4" through tomorrow.

Kinda diappointing, wouldn't you say? Not much snow because I got two new snow shovels and huge tires for the ATV.

Rock E Top
01-20-2007, 12:10 PM
It's a come down. I used to get really pumped w/ the prospect of 2" - 4" in Tennessee. Now? PHBBBBBT!

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-21-2007, 08:54 AM
that 4'' ya all got is more than we have had all year :confused:

uukbar
01-21-2007, 09:46 AM
it's comin' down like crazy right now! can't see too far out the window. 2-4" today. it's nice to see some more snow! maybe it will make it out your way speedy.

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-21-2007, 09:59 AM
UUKBAR, i wish i got a snowblower i aint ever getting snow and Rock will not share his ...:D

Rock E Top
01-21-2007, 10:09 AM
There is already 3" and it will be snowing til this evening. PFFFBBBTTTT!!! I am about over it now.

uukbar
01-21-2007, 10:34 AM
Rock will have to share some time...he's gonna run out of room for it all :D

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-21-2007, 04:08 PM
hmmm shovel it in the E'' and haul it away ..maybe.:D

Rock E Top
01-30-2007, 11:23 PM
Here it comes again. Seventh snow event in seven weeks starting in the morning and another this weekend.

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-31-2007, 08:41 AM
Dammit it Rock...all i got is 1-2 '' i hope ya guys do ok how are the roads? :)

Rock E Top
01-31-2007, 08:51 AM
Side streets are generally snow packed and rutty, especially in shaded parts. Main roads are fine, however, a lot of lanes are still blocked where snow banks still exist. There was a road crew with heavy equipment clearing snow and ice out of turn lanes at 10 o'clock last night.

They have settled on 2" - 4" for the city and 3" - 6" south. Feet in the mountains, SW. Same for Friday, so far.

perfdata
01-31-2007, 09:29 AM
It's tough to believe that after all of these weeks the roads are still in such bad shape, probably because we usually get melting so often in the winter. Down here the roads are 50% snow packed but no ruts, 50% pavement (dirt).

Last weekend only 1-2" but it was still snow for 6 weekends in a row. I just received a snow advisory from 9 News, it shows snow all day today and some tomorrow.

South of us the piles on the sides of the road are 12' in some locations and down where we have some land those people have been snowshoeing out to the main road where they leave their cars for the last 6 weeks. Ranchers are hawling in truckings of hay to feed, the cattle can't get to food. This is ending up to be as bad if not worse for the ranchers as droughts which we have been in since 1999 and two bad years in 2002 and 2005.

UPDATE 11:00 am MST - it's coming down hard, I smell a snow day coming up (But I work in my home so nothing really changes for me).

Speedy Toaster Dave
01-31-2007, 02:20 PM
Data, i have heard the critters cant get to the food that is tough for the ranchers . well you and Rock watch out and be careful out there. now us for snow i dont think it will happen this year i still see grass.:sad:

Justinb845
02-02-2007, 10:46 AM
Is useless with out pictures. I am preying that the 70% chance of snow turns into somthing.

Speedy Toaster Dave
02-06-2007, 08:46 AM
Justin...snow what dat?:confused: it cold here bout 2 degrees wind chill 16 below hmmm think i will go make snow balls ohh wait no snow..:-P

Speedy Toaster Dave
02-06-2007, 08:47 AM
Data when ya commin back to da forums?:D

lifeizgood
02-06-2007, 10:29 AM
Justin...snow what dat?:confused: it cold here bout 2 degrees wind chill 16 below hmmm think i will go make snow balls ohh wait no snow..:-P

It's actually down to 22 here w/out wind chill, and not a freakin' flake to be found. I feel your pain.

(Ex-Clarion resident, from Upstate NY originally)

Speedy Toaster Dave
02-07-2007, 06:26 PM
sigh Life, it is soooo cold here... ohhh and i see ya a medic thanks for that :)

lifeizgood
02-07-2007, 06:31 PM
sigh Life, it is soooo cold here... ohhh and i see ya a medic thanks for that :)

You're welcome. I'm a volunteer EMT-B with Courthouse Rescue (http://pachvrs.org/) and I absolutely love it.

perfdata
02-14-2007, 03:43 PM
Our road is now a river with 8" deep mud minimum, I'm up to the rims on the E and probably going to need to park it somewhere and ride the ATV to it until spring. It froze up yesterday so I could bottom out of the area but it's flowing again today. Old timers say it's never been this bad this early. I go down to the mailbox 1 mile and come back on the ATV and I'm covered in mud.

Anyone have a Wrangler with 33s I can borrow?

Speedy Toaster Dave
02-14-2007, 04:08 PM
Data , sorry bout that. are they going to put stone in the road come spring?

perfdata
02-14-2007, 07:18 PM
Data , sorry bout that. are they going to put stone in the road come spring?

Yeah, if we pay for it - we own the road (along with all of the other landowners), there's 54 lots in here and the county does not maintain and we don't have homeowner's organization (it's the wild west, you know). There's probably only 18-20 houses back here and the absent landowners aren't going to care. Some of us fingured we have 5-6 pieces of road equipment we can bring in when it dries up and dig some ditches and crown the road, the problem is the road is the lowest point so it's like a river bed.

I still wouldn't trade living out here for anywhere else.

Speedy Toaster Dave
02-15-2007, 07:15 AM
Data it seems like heaven to me but i am Krazy..shave it down lay in heavy stone then shale dust with drainage pipes that should help ... maybe drain it into the owners lots that are never there that will get their attention...:evil: :razz:

perfdata
05-23-2007, 03:38 PM
May 23rd and we are under a Snow Advisory, it has been on and off for the last 2 hours.

I wondering if it's snowing in Alaska today?