Colorado Slang - A Visitors Guide

Real Estate Agent with Fort Collins Realtor @ C3 Real Estate Solutions

I was invited on Monday to a 'FAC'.  It took two days of scratching my head and googling 'slang FAC' (random note - there are 85 uses of the acronym FAC).  I finally broke down and admitted my ignorance and consternation, only to discover that I'd been invited to a barbeque after work on Friday (coudn't you have just SAID THAT?!).

So, to help get everyone up to speed I've compiled a translation dictionary for Colorado slang.  Enjoy!


  • FAC - Friday Afternoon Club (ah, that's not so bad! Brats and a beer after work on Friday. Us crazy ex-Californian's just call that 'happy hour bbq'. HHBBQ?)
  • XYZ PDQ - Examine Your Zipper, Pretty Darn Quick (somehow I have lived without this knowledge for over 30 years but am very relieved to be educated now!)


  • The Fort, FoCo, FTC - Fort Collins, Colorado
  • DCO - Denver, Colorado
  • the Springs - Colorado Springs
  • Cowtown - Greeley
  • Breck - Breckenridge
  • Poudre - Cache la Poudre River (pronounced "pooder". I swear. It's the #1 thing that makes tourists think you're messing with them. I assure them that 'up the poudre' is not offensive. Mildy silly, but not offensive.)


  • A Gaper does an Endo in the Pow PowGranola - Being especially 'all natural'. Example: "I can't go skiing with you because the ski lift uses precious resources." "Dude, quit being so granola."
  • Pow Pow- Powder (as in our typical Colorado snow. The light, fluffy, 'makes you want to just roll around in it all day' kinda snow).  Example:  "I can't believe I missed the pow this week."
  • Endo - To go end over end (as in a spectacular crash). Example: My skiing. Or Snowboarding. Occasionally, my hiking, mountain biking and walking down the street.
  • Burl, burly - Rough, tough, impressive.  Example: "That fall where I endoed twelve times was especially burly."
  • Gnar - gnarly, rough, burl (as in 'holy hell, I'm glad you survived that') Example: "That gnar fall when I endoed twelve times really made me hungry for granola."
  • Gnar Gnar - the deepest of the deep powder (see Pow pow above). Example: Let's go shred the gnar gnar!
  • Gaper - Gaping Tourist. (as in driving down main street at 2mph while gaping at SNOW!!) Example: This town has too many gapers this time of year.
  • Flatlander - Me and You and most of the rest of the country (pretty much the 99% of us who weren't blessed to be born into this land of fresh air and inherint snowboard mastery. I'm hoping to be grandfathered in if I stay long enough!)

*PHOTO CREDIT - My little sister Lindsay demonstrates what happens when a flatlander is being a gaper and does a burly endo in the pow pow.

This concludes our unofficial Colorado translation lesson for today.

... any questions?  Did I miss any? 


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Adam Malachi
A 2 Z Realty LLC - Castle Rock, CO

That’s very funny post!

Thanks for sharing,


Aug 13, 2010 07:22 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

HMMMM, Maybe I will have to start a simalar one in my area.  I could hold it on my pontoon on the lake.

Aug 13, 2010 09:36 AM #2
H.C. Tidwell
Denver, CO

Love the post, is that you in the picture?

Staying focused is the key to making it through these tough times. Some hard work, honest with ourselve and focus, focus, focus and we will prevail. After every rain storm the sun shines bright.

Aug 13, 2010 11:53 AM #3
NoCo Home Team
C3 Real Estate Solutions - Fort Collins, CO
Sell Smart, Buy Wise & Live Well in Nrthn Colorado

So so true! Very funny I'm laughing pretty hard. I just came from an FAC today!

Aug 13, 2010 02:57 PM #4
Mike Martin
(909) 476-9600 ~ - Fontana, CA
The TCR Group - Realty Masters & Associates

LOL - I know my friends in Denver say all the people in Boulder are granolas. ;-)

Aug 13, 2010 03:41 PM #5
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Danielle - Thanks for the guide to Colorado slang.  Much of it I realized carries over to other parts of the country and other sports!

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