They Took Their 1-Year-Old Out In The Snow, And What She Did Is So Awesome

For many people, snow is an inconvenience. It messes up the roads and makes it almost impossible to get to work on time. And we all know that shoveling is horrible. It’s all just part of one big headache.

But for the people who enjoy snow, this is the only time of year when they get to do some of their favorite activities — like building snowmen, making igloos, having snowball fights, and snowboarding. This snow-loving family, for example, was so excited about the first big snowfall that they got their one-year-old daughter in on the action. Check out her awesome moves!

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14-month-old snowboarder takes to Utah's ski slopesSloan just learned how to walk, so it's only fitting that this 14-month-old is now a snowboarder in #Utah. #skiUtah PHOTOS that will melt your heart and full video:

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This little girl can’t contain her excitement, and you can’t blame her! Those skills are pretty unbelievable.

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Denver Prepared for Winter Storm

DENVER ­— With snow in the forecast for Denver the next few days along with very cold temperatures, the city is calling out its fleet of large snow plows and smaller residential plows to respond to the storm.  Both teams will be ready to deploy today when snow starts to accumulate, with large plows focusing on the main streets and small plows on the side streets.

This week’s deployment of the residential plows marks a change in the city’s residential plow program. Starting in 2017, deployment of the small plows will be considered when six (6) or more inches of snow are in the forecast, rather than twelve inches or more of snow.

“We’ve called out the residential plows in the past when faced with very large snowstorms,” said Jose Cornejo, Executive Director of Denver Public Works. “This year, we are transitioning the program into one that will be helpful to residents on more occasions throughout the winter season.”

Denver’s residential plow program was initially developed as an emergency response program following the blizzards of 2006-07. The plows have been deployed about a dozen times since then to help residents get out of their neighborhoods and onto the main streets after major storms.

The city will continue to utilize Denver Public Works and Denver Parks and Recreation employees to operate the smaller, residential plows. Under the new criteria, the city expects to deploy the residential plows in a timelier fashion and stay ahead of the deeper snow accumulations that come with moderate to severe snow events.

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Winter Walks and Snowy Blocks

DENVER — It’s that time of year again when our beautiful city is transformed into a winter wonderland. Even with the weather warming up, it’s important to make sure our sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. We want walking to be a safe and easy option all year round, especially for seniors and people using wheelchairs. 

In Denver, home and business owners are responsible for walkway snow removal, including curb ramps at the corners for people with disabilities. Once snow has stopped falling, businesses have four (4) hours, and residents have twenty-four (24) hours, to remove snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property. Please contact Denver 3-1-1 to provide the address of unshoveled sidewalks. Denver relies on citizen complaints to help identify those property owners that need to be educated about sidewalk safety requirements. For tips on how to properly shovel snow, please visit Denver Health’s Snow Removal Injury Prevention.

We also want our four-legged friends to enjoy their walks! Commercial ice melt products can make the snow removal chore much easier but did you know they could be harmful to your pets? You can find a list of veterinarian-recommended products HERE. No matter which product you choose to use, make sure to wipe off your pets’ paws after walking outside on snowy days and never let them ingest any ice melt products, including those labeled ‘pet-safe.’ 

If you’d like to lend a helping hand to an elderly neighbor, sign up to be a Denver Snow Buddy! Snow Buddies is a partnership between the City and County of Denver and Volunteers of America. The Snow Buddies program connects healthy volunteers with anyone 60+ in the metro area who cannot shovel their own walk. Volunteers are paired with seniors within a 2-mile radius of one another.

You can also help make Denver a safe and easy place to walk year round by donating to WalkDenver.  Your donation makes advocacy happen!

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Planning Your Winter Getaway In Denver, Colorado

If you are interested in planning a vacation to Colorado, there is plenty to do! No matter what time of year it is, there is plenty to do-especially in winter!

Whether you are there with your family, or there for a romantic getaway, here are some of the best things to do which would be a shame to miss. After all, it is not too late to plan a getaway to play in the famed Colorado snow.

A combination of significant natural snowfall and full-capacity snow making made possible by an arctic cold front allowed the mountains of Colorado to open early this year. For those pining to play in the snow, this state is the perfect place for visitors to find one-of-a-kind festivals that celebrate the winter months.

The adventurous traveler can take the Polar Bear Plunge in Boulder on January first. Visitors can brave the icy waters and plunge into the Boulder Reservoir in the annual celebration of the New Year.

This event is free to the public. It is extremely invigorating, as long as you have a way to warm up afterward-if you are sick at all, better to skip out on this one.

There is still time for travelers to plan a last-minute holiday getaway and bring in the New Year at the 12th Annual Great Fruitcake Toss on January sixth. Visitors can toss, hurl, sling, or lob unwanted holiday fruitcakes alongside residents in Manitou Springs, or can become a spectator during this unique post-holiday competition.

Judges will be onsite to name the winners of the greatest distance, most creative use of the holiday cake, the most beautiful, and the ugliest cakes during this fruitful event. The event is free to the public.

In lieu of an entry fee, participants are asked to provide a canned or non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food bank. This is one entertaining event you will not want to miss.

During Ullr Fest, Breckenridge’s annual winter celebration January fifth through the twelfth, the community gives thanks for snow to Ullr, the mythical God of snow. A parade, live entertainment, a night of comedy, and an ice skating party are planned during this week-long celebration.

Nordic events take place on the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort and the almighty Ullympics test the stamina of willing participants. The highlight of the event is the crowning of Ullr King and Queen followed by a bonfire.

There is a five dollar charge for the Sunday Ullr Ice Skating Party, and all public events are free. This is the perfect thing to do for culture, and history lovers.

Travelers to Colorado can join park rangers and patrons of the Bear Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs at the Winter Trails Day Celebration, January sixth, for a day of discovery and mastering new winter skills. Visitors are invited to increase their snowshoe knowledge as they learn about proper equipment and how to get started with these winter sports.

This event is free. Don’t miss out on this great chance to reconnect with nature, and exercise at the same time.

The 11th Annual Ouray Ice Festival takes place at the Ouray Ice Park, the world’s first ice park. Beckoning climbers of all levels, the park elevates this extreme sport with challenging winter climbing routes and ever-expanding terrain.

This year, festival highlights include climbing clinics for beginners and advanced, test runs of the latest gear and equipment and a chance to mingle with the world’s premier climbing athletes. Clinics during the ice festival cost twenty dollars each, and nightly events vary in price from ten to fifteen dollars.

At Winterskol in Aspen, visitors can enjoy the celebration of the town’s alpine lifestyle that dates back to 1951. Activities include a forty eight hour snow sculpture and carving competition, a fireworks extravaganza, a parade through historic downtown, a Canine Fashion Show, entertainment, and Taste of Winterskol, a culinary melting pot featuring cuisine from more than twenty local restaurants.

The area’s four ski resorts – Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snow mass – toast the occasion with on-slope activities including apres ski parties and downhill races. Many events are free.

This is the perfect place to kick back and engaged in some fantastic winter fun. No matter what age you are, you can have a blast in and around Denver.

Terry Daniels has worked as a travel agent for the last 35 years and written several of articles about things to do in Denver.

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