Moving to Denver is one of the best things you can do if you love the outdoors. Between the crystal clear summer days and the endless number of activities, this place is an outdoor enthusiast’s best daydream.
But if you’ve just moved to Denver this year, you might not be expecting the surprisingly mild winters that Denver has to offer. As you prepare for your first winter in the mile-high city, rely on these tips so you know what to expect.
Winter starts early
Did you know that the first Denver snowfall usually starts in mid-October? This can put a damper on your children’s Halloween festivities but it’s a magical sight that you can’t see anywhere else in the United States. As you start preparing your home for the winter weather to come, now is the perfect time to start. After all, corrosive damage costs the U.S. armed services more than $5 billion per year — if you’re not careful, this kind of corrosion could affect your pipes in the same way.
That’s why you should get your home ready for the coming cold. Be sure to prepare your garden sooner than later and bring in any plants that will die indoors. The floral industry is worth over $100 billion and you don’t want your investment to go to waste. Clean up the rest of your lawn, look for leaks or holes in your roof, and hire any professionals you need to before the cold weather comes.
This is essential. When the cold weather finally arrives, it doesn’t leave for a while. Some years, the snow doesn’t clear until mid-April. As you prepare your home for the coming cold, remember this fact. The average homeowner spent around $5,000 improving their home in 2018 — you should expect similar statistics this year, too. On top of that, you should be sure to buy a few more sweaters to get you through the season.
When it rains, it pours…err, snows
On top of the longer winter season, you can expect a lot of snow. Some sources claim that the city can get up to 60 inches per year, which is more than twice the average throughout the United States.
Paired with recent climate change, these winter storms have only gotten worse. In some cases, more than a foot-and-a-half of snow could fall in a single storm. If you don’t already have a snow shovel, now is the time to buy one.
You can still get outside
Denver might get a lot of snow, but one of the most active cities in the United States won’t go down without a fight. As long as you bundle up in warm clothing, you should be good to go. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Denver this year, consider these options:
- Take a trip down to Skyline Park to go ice skating. Normally, this rink will also host yoga, broomball, and more. So long as you wear a mask and practice social distancing, these activities have a good chance of coming back.
- Strap on your snowshoes and traverse some of your favorite trails. It will be cool to see how the landscape changes with the seasons.
- Check out the Coors Brewery. Did you know it’s only $5 for locals and $10 for non-locals? There are plenty of things to do when you want to get out of the cold.
If you’re new to Denver, you might not be prepared for what the mile-high winters have to offer. Rely on these tips to make the most of your first winter in a new area.