Nothing in beats winter in Colorado. When the Rocky Mountains has a fresh blanket of snow on them, the scene from the front range is amazing with on a clear day. When you move here, you have to learn to enjoy the winter months. Learning to drive in the snow is a must. And let’s face it – if you don’t know how to ski, there is not better time than the present. Another important piece of advice, keep an emergency kit in your car.

At any time during the winter, you can get caught in a winter storm. They can sneak up on you in a hurry. There is a saying here in Colorado:

If you don’t like the weather here in Colorado, wait five minutes.

In the event a snow storm catches you off guard, highways may be closed due to access or accidents. Be prepared, by keeping the following items in your car:

Colorado Car Emergency Kit:

  1. Jumper Cables
  2. Ice Scrapers
  3. Portable Shovel
  4. Bottle water/gatoraid
  5. Extra Blankets
  6. Extra gloves & hats
  7. Extra boots & socks
  8. Granola Bars
  9. Phone Chargers
  10. Flash Lights
  11. Maybe a good book
  12. Extra gas can – empty
  13. Hand & feet warmers
  14. Tire chains if needed
  15. tow straps


Colorado does a pretty good job of plowing the main roads and highways. Stranded motorists receive the help they need, in a timely matter. However, if you do find yourself stranded in your car during a snow storm, below are some key pointers:

  1. Don’t leave your car.
  2. Call for help. Let authorities know where you
  3. Keep your cell phone charged
  4. Make sure your exhaust pipe stays clear regularly
  5. Use your gas sparingly, do not leave your engine on the entire time.

Your first snow storm, the first REAL snow storm will be a little scary. But don’t let it get to you. You’ll get use to it. You’ll learn to look forward to it, and if you move to Colorado with kids – they will look forward to hearing the two words Colorado kids love to hear – SNOW DAY!