My family and I are planning to go from SLC to Telluride, Vail up to Denver-CO next Jan, driving by I-70 and US-191,62, 550, etc.... According to climate conditions, is it a good route? or I will face many closures?
Where is Route 62?
US 550 between Durango and Montrose is a very curvy, mountainous route that is best avoided in winter if you do not absolutely have to take it. You would be better off, I think, taking US 50 to I-25. I-70 also can see closures in the winter, but is a top priority to keep open. State Route 146 - the route into Telluride - is also very curvy and mountainous and is not a good road to be on in January.
You're basically cutting across all of Colorado so the chances are good you'll encounter at least one closure. If you don't encounter a closure, you'll certainly encounter a section where chains are required. If you have a rental car, you won't be able to put on chains.
If it were me, I would pick one ski spot and just spend more time there. That way, you don't have to worry about driving. I guess it depends on how much time you have though.
Yes, stay on the Interstate routes in winter as much as possible. From SLC, you can take I-80 to Cheyenne, WY, then I-25 south to Denver, for example. The routes into the skii resorts are mostly from the Denver, I-25 and I-70 side of the Rockies. I-80 is much safer than I-70 in winter, although closure of these routes is common when a snow storm arrives. Don't forget the chains.
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