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Old Yesterday, 06:21 AM   #1
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Where to cross the Rockies in late April to avoid snow?

Sorry to start a new thread, as I already have one going about my trip in general (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=963502), but I wanted specific advice and I'm panicking a little.

I am riding west from Toronto to Vancouver in late April, but through the U.S. for most of my trip, probably along Route 2, but would like to know the best place to cross the Rocky Mountains to minimize my chances of encountering winter-like weather conditions. I don't mind swinging a little farther south into the States, if that improves my chances.

Can I just stay on Route 2, which cuts right across Glacier National Park in Montana? Or should I take Interstate 90, which is just a little further south? I guess I could go as far south as Interstate 80, if that's a lot safer.

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I've been through Wyoming on 80 a few times in the winter and there was never a whole lot of snow along the highway. Its more like high plains. Your never up in the mountains. Its also boring as hell. And windy as hell. But not much snow. Late April should be no problemo. IMO
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I-80 is likely to be quite windy even on a calm day......and it is a MAJOR semi truck route. It most likely will be an unpleasant section. I would just keep an eye on the weather and be a little flexible if you can. Snows this time of year don't last long as
the ground has warmed up. Worst case is that you adjust your route of pause a day in the middle.
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It's all hit and miss this time of year.
You need to get south of Colorado to be really safe and still then...
Go for 2 and just watch the weather.
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

Anyone else with ideas or suggestions?
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Nope

Do what Eakins said, stick with 2 and watch the weather. You'll spend more time dropping down to I-80 than it will take for the roads to clear, in most cases. Main thing, if 2 is blocked, good chance I-90 is going to be dicey too, so watch the weather and temps, and wait a half day or so...and be damn careful on roads where the sun doesn't hit the pavement. Like the shady sides of turns and mountains.
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