Published: Nov. 2, 2017

With winter weather on its way to Boulder, it’s important to be prepared to deal with the adverse conditions on streets, sidewalks and multiuse paths that come with snow and ice.

The buffalo sculpture outside of the Coors Events Center stands proudly against the Flatirons after skies cleared and fresh snow blanketed the campus and Boulder area. Extreme winter storms can sometimes lead to campus closures. Notification of such closures is sent out via CU Boulder Alerts, campus social media channels and local broadcast media. The university’s website includes complete information on campus closing procedures.

But while a surplus of popcorn and a Netflix subscription might be all the preparation you need in the rare event campus is closed, there are several things to keep in mind during most winter storms to ensure you’re able to safely navigate to, from and around campus.

CU Boulder, the city of Boulder and the Colorado Department of Transportation have several helpful resources and reminders for when the flakes start flying.

  • The university "hotline" service within the campus telecommunications system will provide a recorded message for callers who are unsure about whether the campus is closed. The CU Boulder Emergency Information Line is 303-492-4636.

  • CU Boulder operations personnel from multiple departments work in concert with the city to remove snow from campus streets, parking lots, sidewalks and multiuse paths. It’s always important during winter weather storms to exercise caution when traversing campus, whether by foot, by bike or by vehicle. You are reminded to always wear appropriate footwear and to be careful getting in and out of vehicles, including buses.

  • Snowy weather can cause road closures and situations where campus officials must change bus routes to accommodate safe and accessible roads to and from campus. The Buff Bus Inclement Weather Reroute map for the Williams Village, Athens North and Discovery Express Buff Buses illustrates the altered routes to be used when snow begins piling up on campus streets. Riders should check the CUBusTracker app for campus bus updates and reroute alerts. Commuting students, faculty and staff riding to/from campus via RTD bus routes are encouraged to sign up for RTD Rider Alerts.

  • During significant snowstorms, snow piles from Main Campus will be hauled to East Campus and piled next to the curb along a stretch of Discovery Drive. However, traffic will remain open in both directions along Discovery Drive.

  • CU Boulder’s Division of Emergency Management features several winter weather safety tips on its website.

  • The city of Boulder’s website features an update to the city’s planned snow removal procedures for the 2017–18 winter season, including plans to discontinue the practice of windrowing snow to the center of streets in most locations. This is important to note if you’re cycling or driving to campus, as the city maintains several streets adjacent to campus, as well as Regent Drive running through campus.

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation includes winter driving safety tips, reminders and road-condition updates on its website.

  • The latest Boulder weather forecast information can be found on the National Weather Service website.