Well, here is my first blog. Everyone told me that I have to blog to get better exposure for our Colorado Springs Computer Repair website so here is my first attempt. Thank you for reading and comments are very encouraged!
First, please indulge me as I tell you how wonderful our city is. As seen in the name, our humble company is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. My husband and I moved here from Michigan about 12 years ago because we always wanted to live near the mountains. Denver, CO seemed too big, and Pueblo, CO seemed too small, so Colorado Springs seemed to fit with what we were looking for size wise.
The Front Range views do not disappoint! Pikes Peak is always watching over us and we have more sunny days per year than Hawaii! Except for the once-a-year blizzard, the winters in Colorado are very mild. We are currently experience temperatures in the 60s (and low 70s) in the middle of February! Last week, our weather was warmer than Los Angeles, Miami, Honolulu, and Houston! But don’t worry – the snowiest month of the year in Colorado Springs is usually March.
Growing up in Upper Peninsula Michigan, I was used to the cold, moist, wet snow. Once it snowed, it stayed on the ground, got grey and dirty, and didn’t melt until spring. Here in Colorado, if the sun is out, the snow is melting! The sun is so strong that even if the temperatures are below freezing, the sun will still melt snow. Pro tip – buy a house with the driveway facing south and you may never have to shovel the snow that falls on your driveway again!
Of course we can’t forget about the world class snowfall in the mountains. World famous ski resorts like Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Loveland, and others are just 2 hours away. If skiing/snowboarding is not your thing, there are many outdoor opportunities to enjoy just outside of Colorado Springs. Hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping, are just a few of the great outdoor activities you can do in the Rocky Mountains.
Summer in Colorado Springs is also very mild. The dry conditions make the heat more bearable (it’s a dry heat…) and the sun is always inviting many outdoor activities. With the mountains so close, there are many great hiking and biking trails, and of course the famous Incline is always a great challenge for the physically active.
Colorado Springs is a great Tourist Destination as well. The history and traditions found in our city are easily seen throughout the city’s landmarks. The 5-Star Broadmoor Hotel has some very informative historical pictures that show the early days of Colorado Springs as well as the Broadmoor Hotel. The Broadmoor also has hosted the Women’s US Open Golf Tournament and the Senior US Open Golf Tournament as well. Garden of the Gods, Air Force Academy, and the US Olympic Training Center are always great attractions to experience as well. Many people don’t realize this, but America the Beautiful was inspired and written as Katharine Lee Bates watched the majestic sunrise on Pikes Peak.
Sports are another great thing Colorado Springs has to offer. We are called Olympic City USA because of the US Olympic Committee Headquarters and US Olympic Training Center residing here. Many World Class Athletes come to Colorado Springs to take advantage of the Altitude Training and the Olympic Training Center facilities. The Air Force Academy is in the Foothills of Colorado Springs, which has a consistently competitive Division 1 Football team. Colorado College is one of the top Collegiate Hockey Teams in the country, and we have many National Governing Bodies (US Olympic Sports Headquarters) National Offices headquartered in Colorado Springs. The minor league baseball team Colorado Springs Sky Sox, and the United Soccer League’s Colorado Switchbacks also play in Colorado Springs.
Although there are no professional sports in Colorado Springs, Denver is just 1 hour north on Interstate 25 where fans can experience the 2-timeNational Football League World Champion Denver Broncos, the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche, and the Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies. The Pepsi Center in Downtown Denver also hosts world class entertainment and sporting events, as well as conventions. Denver International Airport is the hub for United Airlines with many international flight opportunities.
Colorado Springs also has a great number of various industries. The biggest employer in Colorado Springs is the US ARMY. Ft. Carson has over 40,000 soldiers stationed in Colorado Springs, and the military presence in the city is well supported. Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases are also located in Colorado Springs, as is NORAD and Space Command. And the future leaders of our country are getting their training at the Air Force Academy. We also have many defense contracting companies in Colorado Springs. Everyone jokes about them, but I actually know 2 rocket scientists who work in the Springs!
Unfortunately, Colorado Springs is not immune to natural disasters. Because of the dry climate, we are more susceptible to wild fires. A few years ago, we had 2 major wild fires 2 years in a row that not only destroyed houses and property, but took some lives as well. The winter blizzards are not usually as dramatic because we usually have plenty of warning and can prepare. And the spring and fall are very mild.
Many people will agree that Colorado Springs is a great place to live – this is evidenced by the continued population growth every year. Money Magazine publishes a list of America’s Best Places to Live, and in 2006 Colorado Springs was recognized as America’s Best City. In 2009, Outside Magazine recognized Colorado Springs for the same award. Of course we would give the same awards, but we are biased, and we don’t own our own magazines (yet!)
I encourage everyone to come and visit Colorado Springs and experience first-hand what makes this such a beautiful place to live. However, sitting at 6035 feet above sea level, please remember to bring your water bottle!