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A Very Snowy Colorado Road (Near Monarch Pass, CO - December 29, 2007)

Snowy Road
Snowy Road
So the plan was to travel to the lovely ski town of Telluride, Colorado, located on the western side of the state for New Year's. First, I had to cross the Continental Divide via Monarch Pass and there I was (adjacent photos) slowly traveling up Highway 50 with snowy conditions! Not good, I thought.
Monarch Lodge This particular area, east of Monarch Pass, has a ski area known as Monarch Mountain. Alongside the road was Monarch Lodge.
Snowy Road
Snowy Road
As I continued up, the road the conditions became more snowy and windy.

For Colorado standards, I did not consider it too bad, but ...

Snowy Road
Snowy Road
... then right on the highway, there was a standstill of traffic (photo above). I'm not sure if there was an accident ahead or perhaps there was a long line stretching out onto the highway from the ski area, but there I was at a halt. One problem: My two-wheel drive passenger vehicle had trouble moving after being stationary on this snowy stretch of 4% to 6% grade.

Regretably, I slid my car kind of sideways and returned back down hill. The bottom photo is the snowy road scene as I turned back.

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Snowy Road
Snowy Road
Sadly, I did not make it to Telluride for New Year's but maybe it was meant to be. Here are three photos as I returned back towards Salida.

I did think of this web site during the snowy driving adventure and wisely snapped pictures of the entire experience! ;)

These pictures were provided by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista. His personal web site is www.ColoradoGuy.com.

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