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Yeah, winter is here on the Front Range. I've given up trying to find rideable trail. If they're all snow covered I just head for whatever concrete bike path is available. Temps have to be above zero, though.

Study in weather contrast: yesterday today: (or more accurately considering how the pics were posted: today yesterday today yesterday)
 

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LOL, winter is definitely here. Currently is South Dakota it is -37 with wind chill in blizzard conditions, winds at 25 to 40 mph, with an expected 5 to 8" of accumulation...and my truck has a dead battery!! At least the Cross Check has studs on it!

Spring can't come soon enough.

happy trails...

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my wife is headed your way today!

Squish,

Sorry to derail the topic a bit, but my wife is headed to Spearfish today.......maybe.........she will be able get out of Denver but I don't know about on your end.

How bad is it?

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It's been snowing here also. I found that if there's a 10% rain chance listed in the weather sites, it will rain. So we get hit with a few days of snow, then alternating with rain. All this week we have a chance of snow throughout the week, so we'll see how it goes. Luckily, I commute by bike most of the week, so I get potentially 5 days a week of riding, well over an hour per day, including some hill climbing with my books and laptop. The POS commuter has been stuck in top gear due to a shifter I won't fix, so that makes things a bit more interesting to run as a SS.

We did set out for the woods yesterday. Great snow riding, though we had to stay at moderately higher elevations to avoid the snow and drainoff. Things were much better there and sadly, I didn't have my cam for the shots.
 

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I don't ski (not even cross country like I used to, blame it on my knees :)rolleyes: ) ) but a lot of riders here look forward to the snow 'cause they snowboard, telemark, downhill, all things skiing. Or they get out their Pugsley and just keep going. For me winter is just something to get through: there is beauty in the snow (and treacherous walking on ice) there are stretches of blue sky (and weekly snow storms). The best part is sometime around late February to mid-March when the crocuses start popping up through the snow and you know Spring (not just calendar spring) is just around the corner.
 

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steve47co1 said:
Squish,

Sorry to derail the topic a bit, but my wife is headed to Spearfish today.......maybe.........she will be able get out of Denver but I don't know about on your end.

How bad is it?

Steve
Looks like the west side of the state is just cold and windy. But it's South Dakota that can change real quick. I'm in Aberdeen and we've been in this blizzard warning since Friday night, hopefully it clears up here soon.

happy trails...

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All we have had in NJ this year is a dusting. Trails this morning were frozen solid - lots of ice on some of the rocks and fire roads but we can keep riding all year basically. This morning it was a balmy 25 degrees when we set off. I do ski and whilst not the rockies we can be in VT in a little over 3 hrs. Best of both worlds for me. Riding all year round and skiing just up the road.
 

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xcguy said:
I don't ski (not even cross country like I used to, blame it on my knees :)rolleyes: ) ) but a lot of riders here look forward to the snow 'cause they snowboard, telemark, downhill, all things skiing. Or they get out their Pugsley and just keep going. For me winter is just something to get through: there is beauty in the snow (and treacherous walking on ice) there are stretches of blue sky (and weekly snow storms). The best part is sometime around late February to mid-March when the crocuses start popping up through the snow and you know Spring (not just calendar spring) is just around the corner.
I ride the trails all winter here in the Springs, as long as there's no more than 4" or so of fresh snow, the more commonly used trails will get packed in and very ridable, why limit yourself cause there's some snow on the trail?

Put some fat 2.3-2.4 tires on tubeless and run low psi's and they will work nicely
 

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The mountains here in the PNW just got 1 to 2 feet of powder. They needed it. Most ski areas are opening this week. We're driving up to Whistler next week. Can't wait to ride the new Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Nothing like Whistler during the holidays.
 

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Well, sun's goin' down, temps are too. 4:30pm Sunday and counting. I find it hard to even walk across the parking lot from my truck to the store. Just a lil' breeze and my face is freezing. Don't you just love winter? I know, I know, you do and I'm a wuss. I remember once going skiing when the temp at the base was -25 F (no wind chill). That was the last time I ever skied in those temps. I think that experience changed my whole outlook on what I consider to be fun.
 

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xcguy said:
I remember once going skiing when the temp at the base was -25 F ... I think that experience changed my whole outlook on what I consider to be fun.
I had a similar experience, it changed my outlook on fun too.
But the tempature was closer to + 25 C

 

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Nice

Colorado riding sounds very cool. Nice! We are getting a windy snowstorm up in the Columbia River Gorge and I lost a day of riding due to it. Sucks!

Cheesy: I have been to the Juneau because my sister lives there and I would never call that place warm. Beautiful yes, warm no!

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