I am on the NorthWEst Slope, about 2 hours from Vail. Yes, the summers are hot and the winters awfully cold (in the mountains).
Cost of living is somewhat high paying about 900 in rent with luck at clearing $700 weekly after taxes with potential up to $800 or 900 weekly at my job.
I do home health and it "all depends" on the weeks work of hours put in. I do tend to work two jobs to get in as many hours when "I" want to work so I do not have to be available 24/7.
The hospital boosts $ 24-27 per hour for a 5 year experienced RN working days with a $ 1 differential for nights. YOu usually work 36 to 40 hour weeks; they do not like to pay overtime.. believe me.
It really is lovely here; ther are red cliffs in the distance, plenty of hiking areas, natural bosque for observing the wild life (mostly birds there), skiing is great with an hour to two hours drive in just about any direction. I too do not ski anymore but this is the state for those that do (there are many other states that can accomodate skiiers). Colorado Boasts that dry clean snow that does not usually get too icy or sticky.
Colorado also boasts a population that is the thinnest in the states; it is probably due to the incredible oppourtunities for outdoor life of camping, canoeing, and many sports addictions you can and many do partake in.
Come on down! We would love to have ya!