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Old 02-26-2010, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:26 AM
 
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I just took Le Veta pass last night with my husband. We were leaving Alamosa at 5:00-5:25pm, and I ended up crying the entire time. From the moment we hit snow, going 35 mph, with 18 wheelers with flashers blazing behind us, and not being able to stop on the one lane road, with on coming traffic, and very large drop offs, no rails, ice...
Never AGAIN. If you are afraid of heights, ice, and going off the road... be sure to check the weather first. Dont just drive into that situation at night without warning!
Hate to tell you, but as Colorado mountain passes go, La Veta is "mild." The biggest problem on La Veta is that is at a perfect elevation to get snow, but low enough that the temperature can melt and refreeze it into ice on the road. In that regard, it is pretty similar to Cerro Summit on US 50 between Gunnison and Montrose. Most of the time, the road isn't bad, but when it does storm under the right conditions, it can be slick as hell.
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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Hate to tell you, but as Colorado mountain passes go, La Veta is "mild." The biggest problem on La Veta is that is at a perfect elevation to get snow, but low enough that the temperature can melt and refreeze it into ice on the road. In that regard, it is pretty similar to Cerro Summit on US 50 between Gunnison and Montrose. Most of the time, the road isn't bad, but when it does storm under the right conditions, it can be slick as hell.
I agree regarding ice! Especially southwest of the pass. I commuted from La Veta to Alamosa in the winter for graduate school & some of the icy, white-out conditions were pretty hair-raising.
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