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  1. Default Winter trip to CO & Utah

    hello friends, im not quite a "newbie" roadtripper, but im from texas and have never been to Colorado... My friend and i plan to travel from austin, texas to Vail, Co then to Vegas and again back to Texas.

    so we will be passing through a lot of Utah mountains (according to our friendly google maps)... is that gonna be a safe dependable drive in the end of december? my guess is no, but if anyone can give me some tips on that or what to be prepared for, that'd be great

    oh and im also looking for any places to visit along the way and need to find out about tire chains? someone said you can rent them, but that didnt sound right to me.. so where should i buy/rent?

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    Default Sounds like a great winter route!

    Quote Originally Posted by wbhendrix View Post
    My friend and i plan to travel from austin, texas to Vail, Co then to Vegas and again back to Texas.
    Welcome to the the Great American RoadTrip Forum -- that sounds like a great winter route.
    is that gonna be a safe dependable drive in the end of december? my guess is no, but if anyone can give me some tips on that or what to be prepared for, that'd be great
    Yes, it will be safe and as long as you use some good winter driving common sense, you will be fine. Here are some tips.
    oh and im also looking for any places to visit along the way and need to find out about tire chains? someone said you can rent them, but that didnt sound right to me.. so where should i buy/rent?
    You should certainly purchase some that fit your tires and vehicle and practice putting them on in your driveway before you leave. You may find that tire cables are the way to go -- they are lighter and easier to put on. Just about any car supplies retailer in the country will either carry them or you can order them there.

    Mark

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    Default A Couple of Things

    First, you have a choice on how to get from Austin to Vail. The most 'efficient' route (according to GoogleŽ Maps) is just north on I-35 to Kansas and then make a left onto I-70 to Vail. A shorter and more interesting route would be to use US-183/US-84 to Abilene and Lubbock, US-87 to Raton, NM, and finally I-25 to Denver and I-70 to Vail.

    Between Vail and Las Vegas, you'll be on Interstates all the way. Now the Interstate Highway System is built to pretty demanding standards and both grades and curves are limited. They are also the first roads cleared during any inclement weather. So 95 times out of a hundred (at least) you should have no problem getting through. If serious winter weather does pop up during your trip, I'd first suggest that you simply get off the road and wait it out if you are uncomfortable with driving in snow, sleet or ice. Chains will not make up for lack of winter driving experience. If you do decide to get them (They are required in some locations when weather strikes), be sure to practice putting them on in good weather. And as Mark suggested, I'd buy rather than rent.

    AZBuck

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