Everyone who calls The Appenzell Inn lately is asking about the weather and if it’s snowing. Seems that a lot of reports are showing a big snowstorm in the Estes Park, Colorado area and we should be buried up to our necks by now.
Sorry to dissapoint, but we have nothing on the ground other than a little dampness from some rain we received on Friday. If you’re planning an escape to Estes Park and the weather is a concern, there are a few things you need to know.
We don’t get a lot of snow in what we call the Estes Valley until Spring. Most of the snow in winter falls in Rocky Mountain National Park, -Estes Park is on the lee side of the continental divide, (which runs through the National Park), so most of the snow is squeezed out of the air by the time it gets here. We explain that we can see it snowing in the National Park a few miles away, but here in Estes Park it can be sunny.
We do still get some snow but the plows are out quickly and keep the roads open and safe for daily traffic. If the road is ever shut down it’s for a short time.
If you are coming from the East, there are no high mountain passes to drive over, making for a safer trip.
We are only an hour and a half or so from Denver and DIA, and less from Ft Collins.
Estes Park stores and restaurants are open all year as is the National Park.