Originally Posted by Rbryan4,
you mentioned something I was curious about. In making the trip to Canada to pick up the trailer, how do people do it in the middle of winter? Especially crossing the Rocky mountain ranges and passages, including Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho? ? I just wonder about the snow-covered roads, icy, steep slopes, and scary slippery switchbacks. Do people significantly alter their routes to go around these areas, and if so where? Mostly I'm talking about those of us located in the Midwest or further east or south of the Rockies?
We actually planned our pickup in January so we could stop at Yellowstone NP for a wintertime visit on the way (which was absolutely great). Yes, I was concerned about the possibility of bad weather and road closures so I planned in a couple of extra days just in case and chose to drive the Interstates thinking they would be opened up 1st if the the weather was bad. Coming from MS, once we got to Nebraska we drove I-80 across NE to I-25 in Cheyenne, WY; I-25 north to I-90 near Sheridan, WY, and then I-90 the rest of the way to Seattle. Of course every year is different but we had no delays that were weather related on our trip to Chilliwack.
Coming back with the Escape, we stayed on the coast highway from Washington down to southern California to avoid any mountain passes or chance of snow and then headed east towards home roughly following the I-10 corridor.