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Old 08-27-2009, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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If you are going to northern CA or Utah - consider I-80.
I actually think that even though it doesn't have near the elevation or the snowfall of I-70, I-80 is actually a much more forboding and dangerous highway because of black ice, heavy winds, ground blizzards, and the sparseness of Wyoming. Minus Rawlins, the drive between Laramie and Rock Springs is pretty desolate.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: cheyenne wyoming
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so does I-80 go through the mountains then or around it?
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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so does I-80 go through the mountains then or around it?
I-80 goes through the mountains but the maximum elevation is 8,640 feet just east of Laramie. I-70's max elevation is 11,158 feet at the Eisenhower Tunnel.

I-70 has one thing that I-80 doesn't have. Trees. I-80 is more or less desert from Laramie to the Utah border.

No trees + Wyoming's endless, godforsaked wind = ground blizzards galore.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: cheyenne wyoming
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ah well the no trees thing i'm used to. I've driven through iowa to kansas and missouri so the whole no trees thing i can deal with.
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:06 PM
 
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If you're used to driving in Iowa winters, you'll do fine. The mountains are just big versions of your on and off ramps.
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:22 PM
 
Location: cheyenne wyoming
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lol nice to know that
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Summit County (Denver's Toilet)
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Minus Rawlins, the drive between Laramie and Rock Springs is pretty desolate.
Now thats for sure!!!
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:27 PM
 
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Maglite Flashlight with fresh batteries
Folding shovel
Thick durable work gloves
Thin felt gloves for manipulating small objects
Spare gallon bottle of windshield washer fluid
*** Trax for boots
Cap, scarf, ski jacket and wool sweater
Before leaving Denver, charged cell phone, full windshield washer reservoir and full tank of gas
Good snow tires like Bridgestone Blizzaks or Nokian Hakkas are recommended
Additionally:
- Flares
- Cardboard
- Water
- Food such as power bars that does not require prep or cooking
- A portable battery powered lantern with fresh batteries and an extra set of batteries
- Emergency blankets or better yet winter bags
- A good ice scraper
- Shop brush (great for quick removal of lots of snow, quickly, from windshield, etc)
- Rope (climbing rope, wet rated)
- Matches / lighter, tinder and a small amount of kindling
- Real snow boots (e.g. Sorrels or similar)
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:50 PM
 
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Additionally:
- Flares
- Cardboard
- Water
- Food such as power bars that does not require prep or cooking
- A portable battery powered lantern with fresh batteries and an extra set of batteries
- Emergency blankets or better yet winter bags
- A good ice scraper
- Shop brush (great for quick removal of lots of snow, quickly, from windshield, etc)
- Rope (climbing rope, wet rated)
- Matches / lighter, tinder and a small amount of kindling
- Real snow boots (e.g. Sorrels or similar)
Also a nylon snatch or tow strap is very handy. I used one many times for various reasons.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:54 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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hello all,
There is a strong possibility that sometime this winter i'll be making a drive out west and might have to pass through colorado and the rockies to get there. I was wondering how dangerous are the mountains during the winter?
The reason for the trip is i might be stationed somewhere out in california or utah with the Air Force. I'm originally from the midwest, currently living in iowa, and am very familiar with driving in the snow, and during snow storms. I have yet to have a wreck and plan to keep it that way.
I've got news for you Collint, when you are travelling down a 17 percent grade on a curvy road and you push on your brakes and turn the wheel and your car just keeps going in the same direction, it's a pretty sobering experience.

My advice is to take a more southern route and try to avoid the high passes as much as possible. It's well worth driving out of your way, trust me.

20yrsinBranson
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