Originally Posted by UAPachyderm
My sister, brother-in-law, and their 5 children lived 5 years in Casper, Wyoming. They spent Spring, Summer, and Fall outdoors loving life and nature. They spent Winter, all Winter, in their basement wishing the 70 mph wind, snow, and freezing weather would cease.
I'm really sorry to hear that your relatives had such a bad time, but the wind and snow don't blow ALL the time, really! LOL!
I wish they had rented/bought/borrowed snowshoes, X-country skis, or downhill skis and gone outside and enjoyed the winter. It is so amazing to cross-country on fresh snow (not groomed trails, just out in a field or the woods someplace) and see all the animal tracks: rabbits, mice, coyotes, and the swish marks left in the snow by a hunting raptor's wings when he swoops down after a meal. It's really too bad they missed all that.
And the cold is generally dry in these Western states: -20 in dry cold feels better than 32 on the east coast in wet cold. At -20 in W. Y'stone on a snowmobile it was OK, not miserable as we often experienced in the NE. And skiing on powder is incredible; skiing in NE was often on ice and ice hummocks.
I wish your relatives had had a better experience.