Snow Plowing Policy
To improve communication about plowing efforts, the Board will send out an email advising when snow plowing is planned to take place during a snow event with the intention that this information will help you determine if/when driving conditions are suitable for your type of vehicle. With this notice we are also providing a separate sheet containing helpful information on what to consider with regard to driving in winter conditions.
If you have a special need for ingress/egress during a storm contact a Board member and reasonable efforts will be made to get you plowed out. If you get stuck, call any Board member and we will do our best to get you assistance.
If you have a life threatening emergency, please call 911.
WINTER TRAVEL INFORMATION
Our road conditions from early fall to late spring can vary from bone dry to 4 feet of snow. It is almost a annual occurrence to get these monster snow storms in April and May. What is the best way to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the deep snows? If at all possible consider not traveling if you don’t have to during these large snow events.
When we get an accumulation of 4 inches or more consider not using any 2 wheel drive or low ground clearance vehicles. If you have to use a vehicle in this category it is imperative to have studded snow tires, or preferably chains that you can put on. If we get a foot or more of snow these vehicles are going to get stuck, even with studded tires.
Many of our residents have all wheel drive SUV’s, such as the Jeep Cherokee, Ford Edge, Honda CRV, Subaru’s and others. They do extremely well on slick roads, but to really optimize their winter travel abilities they need good snow tires. The factory “all terrain” type tire is not very good for deep snow in most cases. The ideal traction tire is a studded snow tire. Other options are the stud-less “Blizzaks” They are softer and grip amazingly well. Michelin Mud and Snows have great reviews also. Talk to your tire dealer for the best choice. Always lean towards the more aggressive style of tire when considering our elevation and snow potential.
We have seen nearly identical vehicles traveling our roads at the same time, one with studded tires and one with a standard generic tread design. The standard tire vehicle would not travel at all in the wet snow that turns into a hard packed “wet ice” consistency when driven on. The vehicle with the studded snow tires breezes through with no effort.
Studded tires are allowed on Colorado roads all year long, however to extend their life it is best to rotate to a set of standard tires for summer driving. If you have chains for your vehicle you should practice putting them on a time or two and learn the best way to install them before hazardous winter driving is expected. Put them on before you take on bad roads. If you get stuck you may be unable to get to the tires to install them. There are many different types of chains and the installation varies on different styles. It is far better to learn the best way to install them on a nice day with no snow on the ground, rather than laying down in the snow and mud trying to get them hooked in the dark.
Also keep in mind that most of our roads are a bit on the narrow side and have deep ditches and drop offs. Stay in the middle of the road as much as you can. We try to plow out wide spots that will allow two vehicles to pass, but you may have to back up to reach one.
Take a few minutes to learn where or if your vehicle has tow hooks. Some vehicles have a hidden receptacle in the bumpers that you open and screw a heavy eyebolt into.
Have emergency items with you, such as: blanket, warm clothes and gloves, small shovel, headlamp/flashlight, tow strap, chains, etc..
If you need assistance don’t hesitate to call one of the board members.