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Drive Sustainable!
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ice Festival in Cripple Creek - Feb. 18, 2017

The CSEVC made it to Cripple Creek's Ice Festival this past Saturday. The weather was fairly warm for February, and while that's bad for ice sculptures it's great for people. The McCauleys passed out free casino food coupons, so everyone got a free meal if they decided they could wait long enough to get to the tables (there were a LOT of people there!). Most of the group got to charge in the small parking lot that has a charger, and a small car show ensued when several of the Model X owners opened their doors to leave - a crowd formed.


  1. Looked like fun.. thanks for posting the pics. Sad I missed it as I'm Telsa-less for the moment.

  2. With my 2015 Nissan Leaf and smaller/older 24 kW battery, this owner of only about 6 weeks was reluctant to attempt getting to Cripple Creek in the chilly weather. Thanks for letting me ride along with two different Tesla owners, which kind of what I hoped would happen anyway.

    With more experience (and warmer weather), I did make the round trip to Cripple Creek on March 18 successfully. Whew !

    FWIW to other Leaf owners ... some stats (and sorry if tl;dr):
    * Started with 95% battery capacity nearly topped off at Manitou Art Museum with their J1772 220v free charger (thx)
    * avg 2.4 miles/kW to McDonalds at Woodland Park, 71% remaining ... about 2000' elevation gain
    * avg 3.2 m/kW to Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek with 36% left ... another 1000' elevation gain
    * charged with J1772 and walked around about an hour
    * also checked that J1772 in City Employee parking lot worked ok ... bit glitchy but ok after several tries
    * charger at Carr Manor is Tesla only ... no J1772
    * charged up to 73% and headed back
    * Got back to Manitou Art Museum with 57% left avg 5.0 m/kW
    * Could have made round trip without charging in Cr.Creek.
    * Drove relatively slowly most of the way, especially uphill against a 5 to 10 mph wind from the south.
    * About 50 deg F at start in Manitou to 40 deg in Cr.Creek
    * Anticipating better range with spring/summer temperatures