Evergreen has different micro climates, depending on where you live. Downtown Evergreen receives around 90 inches of snow a year. At an elevation 0f 7300 feet, one would think the town is buried all winter, however, that 90 inches is spread out through an 8 month snow season that begins in late September and ends in Mid-May. Add to this the fact that frequent Chinook winds from the west warm temps into the low 60s very quickly, even in mid-winter, the snow does not sit on the ground for months on end like it does in northern Minnesota. Average snow cover in Evergreen is 80-100 days per winter.
Further west, at elevation 8200 feet, is the west side of Evergreen. This side of Evergreen gets 100-120 inches of snow. Because of the increase in altitude, the Chinook winds are not as warm. This side of town has been known to see the ground for the last time on Halloween, and not see it again until May.
I lived on Upper Bear Creek for five years at an elevation of 8500 feet. The creek is in a valley in which the winter sun does not hit. The creek freezes solid in late October and does not thaw until mid-April. On some nights the temperature will go all the way to minus 30, and one night when I lived there it was minus 38. In the valley where the sun never hits, the temps rarely get above 30. The snow sits on the ground for six months solid.
Job opportunities? Morrison and Golden, on the west side of Denver metro, are only 20-30 miles away. In addition, all one has to do to get to these west side towns, is jump on interstate 70 on top of Floyd Hill, elevation 8200 feet, and drive 70-80 mph, downhill, to the west metro. It is a very swift drive. There are plenty of jobs on the west side. If you are more business inclined, it is only 30-40 miles to downtown Denver from Evergreen. At 70 mph it does not take too long to get there.
Within Evergreen there are very few good job opportunities. There are no large businesses or manufacturing plants. Most of the manufacturing in the Denver area is out in the Commerce City area, and out in east Aurora. Within Evergreen you will find the kinds of jobs that you will find in any town in America that has a population of 5-10 thousand people. However, some people have made millions in the real estate market of Evergreen. If you are good in real estate, you can get rich in Evergreen.
30-50 miles west of Evergreen you will run into some of the greatest ski slopes in world. A-Basin is only 40-50 miles away. Winter Park is 50 miles. Breckinridge is 60-70 miles. Loveland and Keystone are only 30-40 miles. There are plenty of business and real estate opportunities at these snow parks.
Winter-time in Evergreen is a special time, especially around Christmas. The local reservoir freezes over so they set up a large, outdoor ice skating rink. Not only that, but they put speakers out on the ice and play Christmas music from late November, all the way up to New Year's. It is a beautiful thing to ice skate under the lights on a 5 degree night, with the stars out, and Nat King Cole's Christmas Song playing in the background.
The summers in Evergreen are probably the best in the USA. Temps are in the 75-85 degree range nearly everyday, with very low humidity. In addition, every afternoon, summer lightning storms pop up and keep the area cool so that even a 90 degree day will dive back into the low 80's by 5 in the afternoon.
Falls are crisp and refreshing. Even in town the sound of bugling bulls can be heard. It is not uncommon for the father of young children driving through Evergreen to hide the eyes of his kids, for bulls will mate cows right on the side of the main highway. I personally have seen big heard bulls bugle and fight for mating rights at the parking lot of the Evergreen Library.
Spring is beautiful. Mountain flowers pop up in all the grassy areas in Evergreen. The ice melts off the reservoir, and everyone is bitten by the spring bug.