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#1 of 6 Old 12-09-2006, 12:26 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We are moving cross country and dh is doing the u-haul alone. He'll be coming through mid-December. I'm worried about him because of winter weather- snow, ice (especially if he hits mountains). We are trying to find the safest route.

Would it be a better/safer choice to go on highway 76 or highway 80 (through Wyoming)? What should he avoid? Are there any mountain passes or anything that wouldn't be a good idea?

Please, I would love some input. I'm a nervous wife!

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If he takes 76, you should know that it merges with I-70 in Denver and continues as I-70 going west. If you east or west through Colorado, you will hit mountains--they run the entire north-south length of the state.

I'm not sure I-80 through Wyoming would be better. There are less mountains, but it's also further north and very windy, so if he encounters bad weather it's likely to be blizzard conditions; they probably close the interstate during those. When it's blizzard conditions here, I-25 usually is closed north of Fort Collins all the way to Cheyenne, so I'm guessing the same applied in WY itself. (Check the WY thread for more info.)

I-70 connects to a lot of major ski areas in Colorado, so they are prepared to handle snow. If it's really bad and chain laws are in effect, he'll probably want to spend the night someplace (and depending on the type of U-Haul, might have to unless he has chains for it). But it doesn't snow like that daily, so he could also have a pretty easy drive. (Also, if the snow is really bad, they will close parts or all of I-70 until it's plowed and conditions are reasonable.)

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The pp gave you good advice. I just thought I would add that the meteorologists at C.U. have recently stated that all the snow we've had in the high country recently will be it for a while. Until the end of Jan. they are saying. So, maybe your dh will benefit from this news. Safe travels!
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I wanted to add that if he's planning on travelling through CO over the weekend, he should know that traffic on I-70 gets hairy in the mornings and evenings due to all the skiiers going back & forth from the resorts. You might try to time your travels accordingly.

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All good advice. When we drive from Denver to ID, we take I 80. I have been on it in the snow, and it isn't too bad, although the blowing is annoying for sure. I 80 roads are less steep then I 70, and there are many snow blocks along the highway to prevent drifts. But I 80 is lonely and boring, and I 70 is a more beautiful drive for sure. I 70 is mountain driving; I 80 goes over the mountains as well, but it is flat plains instead.
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Umm...how did your dh's travels go? I am curious as the "dry" forcast didn't hold up and we have been pummled with snow!
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