I just returned from snowshoeing in the Sawatch range between 10 and 11,000 feet. What a day! Typical Colorado blue sky and lots of dry crunchy snow. The views are wonderful, the forest silent, yet alive. One couple had just summited Mt Yale (14,200 ft) and others were asking if it is always like this in Buena Vista. Well, pretty much. Last year, 337 days with sunshine. Plenty of snow in the mountains, none on the valley floor at 8,000 ft. After 30 years as a meteorologist...I picked right. Now I sell homes to others who have discovered the secret.