Two of the top questions that I am frequently asked by relocation buyers are: How is the weather? How much snow does Fort Collins get in the winter. In Fort Collins we get over 300 days of sunshine a year. That means if you like sunshine you will probably like the weather in Fort Collins. The other question regarding how much snowfall we get may require a bit more information than just a number. On average we get 55 inches of snow a season. There is the number, now you would probably like some more detail about what that means.
Snow in Fort Collins can occur early, sometimes in late September or October and can also occur in May. That is a long stretch of time, but understand early snow and late snow are not always the case. In 2021-2022 snow season we did not get real measurable snow until December 31. It was quite a shock to all of us.
Big Storms Happen
An interesting snow fact is that March is our snowiest month. So when some parts of the country are getting spring flowers blooming, we may be getting a big snowfall. The nice thing about spring snow is that our daytime temperatures are usually warmer, so even a big snow does not stick around very long. We had a record breaking snow about 20 years ago where we had over 30 inches of snow the middle of March. Fort Collins did not see much movement for several days while the City cleared streets. Life did get back to normal pretty quickly, but that is a snow that we still talk about.
For You Ski Bums
I am also frequently asked how close is the closest ski resort. We have several options for you and none of them require getting on I-70 and driving through the Eisenhower Tunnel. The first option is Eldora Mountain Ski Resort, in Nederland, CO. This ski resort is just 1 hour and 45 minutes from Fort Collins. Another option is Steamboat Springs ski resort. That is over 3 hours away and includes a beautiful drive up the Poudre Canyon. The best kept secret is Snowy Range Ski Area in Wyoming. It is only 1 hour and 45 minutes away and always has the shortest lift lines and the is the least expensive option in the area. You can drive to Denver and get on I-70 and ski the resorts that Colorado is known for like Vail, Breakenridge, Copper Mountain and the rest. Unfortunately, you will have to deal with traffic.
We Still Have 300 Days of Sunshine
The Fort Collins area has so much to offer and great weather can be included in that list of reasons people love living here. Summer time here does require air condition. We on average have over 40 days of over 90 degree temperatures in a season. That number has gone up over the years. In the late 1980’s when I moved here A/C was considered a nicety but now it would be considered a necessity.
If you are considering a move to the Fort Collins area a knowledgeable real estate agent is a must. Contact me and I will help you with navigating all the details required to call our great area home!