Hello Road Trippers,
Even though we just completed the cross-country run to bring my son's truck to Ventura County, CA, there's another Road Trip ahead for him: He'll be driving up to Park City, UT for our family's annual ski/snowboard vacation week.
We traveled from Las Vegas down to Victorville on I-15 back in late October, then bushwhacked to Santa Clarita, Ventura, then to his base at Port Hueneme. Given that he'll probably leave base at 00:Dark:30 on a Friday morning in early January, he'll probably take the US 101 to I-210 route back over to I-15 before coming up towards Vegas and SLC this time.
But that's all an aside, actually. I was really just curious as to what the general road conditions are between Vegas and SLC. We were rather surprised at the elevation changes and fairly high passes/summits between Vegas and Barstow and need to take that overall situation into account as he plans his trip, which will be a one-day affair (I know, I know--but at least I convinced him NOT to get off work on Thursday and drive up then, arriving at dawn or later Friday).
So, high elevations and lots of up and down, or flatter and lower? He's traveling in a 4WD pickup, so winter weather might slow him down, but he's not concerned about getting stopped unless the roads close down. He's prepared for that, however, with adequate winter travel gear.