As the Unofficial Colorado Unwelcomer, I feel I have a duty to expose some of the more egregious myths propagated by our tourism department, and a few that just seem to be floating around in (very) thin air.
#1 We do not get 300 days of sun a year. Or, if we do, we also get 300 days of rain. It's better than hurricanes. From what I remember of Florida, you'll be used to the weather...sun in the morning, rain in the afternoon/evening.
#2 The snow does not stay in the mountains, much to the chagrin of a lot of people from fair-weather states. It only really dumps a few times a year in the flatlands, but when it does, either you have 4WD and ground clearance or you're not moving. In general, when it flurries, everybody's on the road but nobody's moving. I chalk this up to stupidity and lack of skill, stemming from lack of adequate tires and total inability to adapt. It doesn't get too much better when the weather is good...nobody here can merge anyway, and when the stoplights at the end of the merge lanes were added, it brought the speed of rush hour traffic down another 20mph.
#3 Too many people bought in to Vail Resorts' marketing line "Colorado Pass: It's Why You Live Here!" Now, nobody can drive up I-70 to the ski areas on weekends at anything better than 25mph, and that's if you're lucky. It's not just skiers either...it's people who want to tell their coworkers they walked around Breckenridge last weekend...whether they hit the slopes or just went shopping, they're still on the road. There are "off seasons"...but because Summit County depends in large part on tourist money from Denver, there are events all summer long, which means there will be traffic all year round except late fall and mid spring. Good luck getting up or down in less than three hours during peak traffic, which is from 6AM to 11AM Saturday and Sunday mornings, and 3:30PM to 7PM Sat/Sun evenings. It's also heavier Friday nights between about 5PM and 8PM. On "big" weekends (three day, gov't/school holiday, etc), if you're planning on driving, don't. Get a plane ticket, or get up there early, and leave late. It will take four hours to drive from Golden to Idaho Springs on President's Day weekend (thankfully it wasn't me. I told my buddy he was crazy, but he didn't listen). A disturbing lack of driving skill coupled with severe storms in the last few years has led to more closures on I-70 between Floyd Hill and Vail Pass than I saw in the better part of a decade when I used to live here. I got so sick of the bullshit that I didn't buy a pass last season, and I'm not buying one this season. I don't like driving in that traffic, those people make me foam at the mouth. "Keep Right Except To Pass" would probably be better printed on a wifflel bat and wielded by a midget in the back seat of every SUV between Denver and Vail, because I swear nobody reads the signs.
#4 All of the bullshit in #3 is between YOU and MOAB from Thanksgiving weekend to some time in April.
#5 Personally, I would estimate the job market here to be tougher than a lot of other cities. In addition to three major colleges, there are technical schools and additional campuses which flood the job market three times a year. Colorado is also a "lifestyle state"...people don't move here to be financial giants or join the Film Actors Guild, they move here to find a job to pay the bills so they can be part of the I-70 parking lot on weekends. If you want to move here, get a confirmed job offer...signed on the dotted line, or don't move. Otherwise, you're setting yourself up for expensive failure.
#6 Colorado will not cure all your ills. Yes, there are mountains. No, you can't easily get to them (see #3). Definitely look at other cities in the Intermountain West. You, like me and others here, sound like you need mountains. I chose this area for various reasons, but if I had options, the Denver area wouldn't be my first choice in the state, and Colorado wouldn't be my first choice of states. What Colorado does have is a thriving tourism industry that would have the rest of the country believe that Colorado is defined by a small part of the state called Summit County. Don't believe the hype.
#7 Traffic isn't good here. It's not LA bad, it's not DC bad, but it is bad. It might only be fifteen miles from where I live to where Offroad Solutions used to be (maybe less), but at the wrong time of day, that's an hour. It can take an hour to cross downtown at the wrong time, it can be an hour from Boulder to Denver. Your commute will be measured in minutes, not miles...obviously it's better to live where you work, but that's not always feasible.
#8 Sometimes Denver can really seem like an overgrown cow town trying to be SoCal. Avoid the Californication, Denver has a lot to offer, if you can see around all the Californians. Note--if you can't tell they're from California, then they're not from California anymore.
It is not all bad, you just have to work around the bullshit. You sound like you'd fit in well. If the above doesn't bother you, and you have a job offer, come on out.
It's not that Colorado should only be populated by the elusive "Colorado Native" (good luck finding one), it's that the state needs more people who want to be a part of Colorado, rather than make Colorado part of SoCal (or wherever they came from).
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