Winter Park , Colorado Driving
Winter Park Travel Information.
Winter Park Driving Tips
When driving to Winter
Park, Colorado, you
will pass through some of Colorado's most inspiring scenery.
Rugged and beautiful mountains surround the entire I-70 Corridor.
From Berthoud Pass, you will have panoramic views of the grandeur
that is the Rocky Mountains. In the winter, Winter Park's high
elevation brings lots of snow to the Colorado high country. Winter
Park receives the most snow of all the Front Range ski resorts.
With the fantastic ski conditions at the Winter
Park Ski Resort,
the roads around Winter
Park, CO can
get slick and tricky. Here are some tips for your winter
driving in Winter
Park, Colorado. Plan your Winter
Park vacation today.
- Always keep the top half of your gas tank full. It
can give you better traction and gives you a bigger margin of error
if you get stuck and have to keep the engine running periodically to
- If you are stuck in a serious storm, do not leave
your car. Run the engine periodically and wait for help.
- Carry blankets, water, a flashlight, a shovel, some
nutrition bars or even candy bars for sustenance. Winterize your vehicle's
safety kit by including extra blankets, sand to help gain traction
in the event you become stuck on ice or snow, jumper cables, an ice
scraper and lock de-icer.
- Remember that 4-wheel drive does not mean 4-wheel
stop. A 4-wheel drive vehicle will not stop any better in icy conditions.
- Be sure of your route. Don't go exploring in the
backcountry without some local knowledge, especially during a storm
or when one is bearing down anywhere near your location. The weather
can change quickly and violently in the Rocky Mountains and not necessarily
only in the heart of winter.
- Be sure you have good tires. The Colorado State Patrol
recommends at least 1/8 of an inch tread depth. All season radials
on a front-wheel-drive passenger vehicle are adequate for most situations.
Snow tires on most rear-wheel drive vehicles are usually adequate.
Chain restrictions in Colorado are most often put into effect for commercial
vehicles (semi-trailer trucks) and do not usually affect passenger
- In poor visibility or even whiteout conditions, don't
drive faster than you can see ahead. High speeds in poor or no visibility
can lead to large chain reaction accidents. Remember you can't see
around mountain curves and corners either.