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Old 12-30-2006, 02:20 PM
 
Location: pasadena, ca
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Hi all.
Would like to drive from Pasadena, CA to Holyoke, CO on the 8th or 9th of Jan. Any chance in my Volkswagon GTI? Or am I kidding myself? What route would be best? Through Utah to Denver and over or up from Santa Fe NM? Thanks in advance. Hard for me to imagine the road situations since its 75 degrees here....

matt
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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It's hard to say..... usually the worst highways would be through the Colorado mountains, between Vail and Idaho Springs usually. CDOT usually has the highways cleared and dry, but if there was a recent storm than all bets are off. Your best best would probably be to check the weather forecast right before you leave to see if there are any snowstorms in the forecast for the Colorado mountains, to determine whether or not that would be a plausible route. If everything's clear, I-15 to I-70 would probably be your most direct route, but if there is snow (or potential for snow) I-40 to I-25 would be your better bet (I-25 is usually clearer than I-70 and is closed much less frequently than I-70).
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Does the GTI have good all weather tires and front-wheel drive? How much winter (snow/ice/black ice) experience do you have?
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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Your best best would probably be to check the weather forecast right before you leave to see if there are any snowstorms in the forecast for the Colorado mountains, to determine whether or not that would be a plausible route. If everything's clear, I-15 to I-70 would probably be your most direct route, but if there is snow (or potential for snow) I-40 to I-25 would be your better bet (I-25 is usually clearer than I-70 and is closed much less frequently than I-70).
We've made many CA to CO and back trips and I would agree with TinajaCo.

Though, even going the southern route, you do still have to get over Raton pass before entering CO. Not as bad as going through the Rockies, but if snowy, you need to be careful.
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:00 PM
 
Location: pasadena, ca
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Car has FWD and normal, good condition tires. Absolutely no experience driving on any ice......
Wondering how long these past 2 storms will affect the roads.....
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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Wondering how long these past 2 storms will affect the roads.....
The effects of these two storms will be long gone before then. The road crews do a good job of keeping the main roads clear and deicing. The sidestreets are what tend to be more of an issue.
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:13 PM
 
Location: pasadena, ca
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So, seems no storms right before I go then no problems.
GP, is 15 hours a good estimate in drive time like google says from Los Angeles to Denver?
thanks.....
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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GP, is 15 hours a good estimate in drive time like google says from Los Angeles to Denver?
We've done San Diego to Denver in 15 hours, but we were cooking.

I'd recommend doing it in two days. Stop somewhere inbetween for the night. Going the I-15 to I-70 route, we'd usually stop in St. George, UT for the night.
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Old 12-30-2006, 05:03 PM
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do you have internet on your cell or pda? Put www.cotrip.org in your browser for colorado road conditions.
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Old 12-30-2006, 05:10 PM
 
Location: pasadena, ca
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Thats a neat feature, (cotrip) I can do that for sure.....
thanks.....
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