Commute Times To And From Boulder and Denver

commute times to and from boulderPlanning on working in Boulder or Denver but living outside of the city? Here are the average commute times from nearby cities by car:

Starting Location To Boulder To Denver
Broomfield 20 min 26 mins
Longmont 25 min 45 min
Erie 30 min 40 min
Westminster 25 min 20 min
Superior 13 min 30 min
Louisville 18 min 35 min
Lafayette 25 min 35 min

Louisville Colorado Ice Skating Rink Schedule 2014/2015

Call WinterSkate before heading over to ensure that the rink is open: (303) 604-1010

The ice skating rink in Louisville  is located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville 824 Front Street. Skate rental and concessions are available.

Ice Skating Rink Hours Of Operation
Open Daily:
Monday–Wednesday: 2 pm–7 pm**
Thursday: 2 pm–10 pm
Friday: 12 pm–10 pm
Saturday: 10 am–10 pm
Sunday: 10 am–8 pm

HOLIDAY HOURS
Thanksgiving (Thurs. 11/27): 10 am–4 pm
Christmas Eve (Wed. 12/24): 10 am–4 pm
Christmas Day (Thu. 12/25): 12 pm–6 pm
New Year’s Eve (Wed. 12/31): 10 am–10 pm
New Year’s Day (Thu. 1/1): 12 pm–9 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Mon. 1/19): 10 am–8 pm
President’s Day (Mon. 2/16): 10 am–8 pm
SCHOOL VACATION HOURS
Thanksgiving Week/Winter Break
Monday–Wednesday: 10 am–9 pm
Thursday–Saturday: 10 am–10 pm
Sunday: 10 am–8 pm
Group rates and private parties available,
phone 303-449-3137.
DATES: Thanksgiving Week ’til the end of February

ADMISSION & SKATE RENTAL
Adults: $5.00
Kids (ages 4-12): $4.00
Children (ages 3 & under): Free Admission
College Students and Military (with valid ID): $3.00
Senior Citizens (65+): $3.00
Skate Rental: $4.00

What are the best places to ski near Boulder, Colorado?

keystone colradoOther than the small resort Eldora, located 21 miles (45 mins.) west of Boulder, all the skiing that Colorado is famous for is about 1.5 – 2 hours away. Even though Boulder is right next to the mountains, people who live in Denver are closer to the ski resorts. That’s because from Boulder you have to go south before you start going west on I-70 to get to Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin and Vail.

If you want a day trip, Eldora is great, but it’s small and usually windy. But, when there’s a good upslope storm that hits Denver and Boulder, the snow there can be amazing. But Eldora usually misses out on lots of snow that the other resorts further west get.

Loveland is the second closest to Boulder, but just barely. It’s another smaller resort like Eldora with old-school lifts and shorter runs. And if you’ve driven that far up I-70 already, you might as well just keep going and hit up the handful of resorts that are just on the other side of Eisenhower tunnel.

Boulder Reservoir: Fun Things To Do

Boulder Reservoir BeachBoulder Reservoir is the closest thing Boulder has to an ocean. The water is clear and cold and quite popular in the summer. Many people walk around the lake, It’s a five mile walk round trip.
Rent a canoe, paddle board, kayak or boat. What most people don’t realize is that there’s a ton of wildlife at Boulder Reservoir. In addition to the geese, coots, loons, and grebes, you can paddle with ospreys, blue and black herons, egrets, and pelicans. There are also owls, bald eagles, falcons, and hawks too.
Boulder Reservoir Rentals
Many people swim in the supervised swimming area. It is big enough if you want to swim long distance (if you don’t mind swimming in large circles) and the three floating docks are sunny places to rest.
Boulder Reservoir Paddle Board Rentals
Admission to the reservoir is $6.25 per person and for no extra charge, the magnificent mountains in the background remind us of how fortunate we are to be alive, and in this special, quiet, peaceful place.

Gunbarrel Colorado New Construction

Gunbarrel Construction 3 Gunbarrel Construction Gunbarrel Center Gunbarrel Colorado ConstructionThe City of Boulder approved building permits for Gunbarrel Center, a $50 million mixed-used development planned for a 9-acre parcel off Lookout Road and Gunpark Drive, according to a permits report that became publicly available on Sunday.

This is an exciting development for residents and businesses alike. Many large businesses are located in Gunbarrel but the town lacks locations for workers to live.

Gunbarrel Center’s plans include 251 market-rate apartments, 22,000 square feet of retail space, a pedestrian-oriented “Main Street,” a park and structured parking. An existing 28,000-square-foot office building at 6685 Gunpark Drive will be integrated with the new development.

This could be just the renovation needed to make Gunbarrel Colorado a destination apart from being a place where people work and live.

What Is NCAR In Boulder Colorado?

what is ncar?NCAR stands for National Center for Atmospheric Research. It is a research organization, established in 1960, that seeks to better understand our atmosphere and how weather and climate affect the Earth.

The Visitor Center at the Mesa Laboratory is open to the public daily at no charge. Guided tours and self-guided tablet tours include video and audio on one of the first supercomputers built by Seymour Cray as well as NCAR’s modern supercomputer fleet, many hands-on educational exhibits demonstrating weather phenomena and Earth’s changing climate, and a scenic outdoor weather trail. Public guided hour-long tours are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon, excluding holidays.

Boulder Colorado NCAR Hiking TrailsThis is also a great place to go for a hike. Multiple hikes are accessible from the NCAR parking lot.

Why The US 36 Construction Won’t Alleviate Congestion

Colorado US 36 constructionThe $497 Million construction currently under way on US 36 in between Denver and Boulder will not have an effect on the amount of time commuters spent in traffic jams. This seems counterintuitive: with the extra express lanes, widened shoulders and improved bridges, how could it not decrease traffic?

The answer is found in “the fundamental law of road congestion.” This law states that new roads will create new drivers, resulting in the intensity of traffic staying the same.

From Wired magazine:

“The answer has to do with what roads allow people to do: move around. As it turns out, we humans love moving around. And if you expand people’s ability to travel, they will do it more, living farther away from where they work and therefore being forced to drive into town. Making driving easier also means that people take more trips in the car than they otherwise would. Finally, businesses that rely on roads will swoop into cities with many of them, bringing trucking and shipments. The problem is that all these things together erode any extra capacity you’ve built into your street network, meaning traffic levels stay pretty much constant.”

The improved bus routes and bike path will be great for transportation to and from Boulder for those people who take advantage of them. But they shouldn’t be pitched as solutions to traffic – anyone who moves to public transportation will be replaced by someone who doesn’t.

Boulder County Fireworks Locations 2014

Fireworks Locations Boulder County 2014

Want to watch fireworks in Boulder County? Here are your options:

July 3

Erie: The Colorado National Golf Club, 2700 Vista Parkway, community event with vendors, bounce houses and music starting at 4:30 p.m. with fireworks to begin after dark.

July 4

Broomfield: County Commons Park, 13200 Sheridan Blvd., beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a fireworks display scheduled to start after 9:30 p.m.

Lafayette:  Free concert will be held at Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive, beginning at 4 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

Longmont: A fireworks display will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, near the intersection of Hover Road and Boston Avenue, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Boulder: The Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast will be held at Folsom Field, 2400 Colorado Ave., with gates opening at 8 p.m.

Louisville: With extensive flood repair work already under way at Louisville’s Coal Creek Golf Course, city officials have decided to cancel this year’s Fourth of July fireworks display over the lack of a proper venue.

Louisville Colorado Farmers Market 2014 Schedule

Louisville Colorado Farmers MarketThe Louisville Farmers Market in 2014 runs from May 31st to  October 11th every Saturday  9am – 1pm.

The farmers market is located in downtown Louisville, Colorado, at the corner of Walnut and Front Streets, in front of the Steinbaugh Pavilion.

You’ll find goods from Colorado farms and businesses emphasizing the importance of buying local products. The farmers market has been in force since 2008,  delighting the community and visitors with locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats,  eggs, wines, artisan breads, honey, coffee, baked goods, fresh salsas, pastas, natural body care, massage and much more.

Louisville Colorado Downtown Summer Street Fair 2014 Schedule

Louisville Street Fair ColoradoEvery Friday night all summer long Louisville closes Main Street and puts on a street fair including bands, food vendors, entertainment, local artisans and kids activities. The first street fair of 2014 is June 13th.

It’s free, goes from 6:30 to 9:00, and is a blast. See the whole lineup of bands at the Louisville website.