Why they close Trail Ridge Road

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  1. Brrrr… makes me cold just looking at it. Being from northern Indiana, lots of snow was the norm. I remember driving home out in the country through drifts that went over the headlights of my car. Just had to keep the speed constant and plow through. Couldn’t see the road when they were that deep so had to follow the fence line or a power line that ran parallel to the road. Never really had any problems, never got stuck and needed pulled out.

    However…. Indiana is flat. Flat, flat, flat. You put that kind of snow on steep mountain roads and you’ve got a “No way am I driving that! Are you trying to commit suicide?” type of drive.

    After I moved here, I first lived in the East Mountains just outside of ABQ. Shortly after moving there, we had a small amount of snow (1″-3″) and the news was carrying on about being careful, “these” and “those” roads closed, school delayed, etc. Of course my cocky self snorted it off with a big “hmmph” and proceeded to leave and head into the city. Very quickly I came to find out why they put out all those warnings and school delay. When I went through a section on the interstate that is narrow and very winding, I thought I was going to mess my pants. Just one little miscalculated twitch to the front tires could easily put me in a spin.

    So I prefer to stay in when it snows here.

    1. Oh I stay in too. One of the biggest, best things about being retired is not having to brave treacherous or even just questionable driving weather. I just don’t go out if I have any doubts about the roads. And you’re so right, there’s a huge difference between a questionable flat road and a questionable hilly, curvy one.

  2. I drove narrow unsalted and unsanded roads in Switzerland, often with steep dropoffs. Luckily I never came to harm, but I would not attempt such a thing today.

... and that's my two cents