Travelling the Mountains in the Winter

After living in the mountains for a number of years I vowed not to drive the high passes in the winter.  Yet, once again I found myself doing just that.  I was in the ‘big’ truck with my husband and the fear factor was tangible.  As we climbed the highest point on a British Columbia’s highway, my heart was pounding and I braced myself for the inevitable.

The traffic was heavy with many awful drivers, braking on steep hills and many slipping off the road.  The roads were icy and snow-covered.  It was dark.  It was snowing.  But after what seemed like days we made it – thanks to his excellent driving.

A few days we left again.  When we got to Revelstoke – with a loaded pick-up with things I needed in Calgary –  Roger’s Pass was closed due to an avalanche.  They weren’t sure when it would open.  So, not knowing the road, I suggested we go way out of our way to get around the disaster.  George agreed and we ended up driving down a long, narrow winding road.  At one point we crossed a lake on a small ferry.  It was snowing, foggy and dark.  I was terrified.  Finally around midnight we arrived on the #3 and stayed overnight in a motel.  The following morning we left and it was no longer raining, snowing or foggy. We heard the #1 was closed yet again due to a mud-slide in Golden.  But  it was a pleasant drive to Calgary from where we were.  Unfortunately, we no sooner got to Calgary when it started snowing.  After a day of snow it was nearly impossible to drive anywhere in Calgary.

But times can only improve. Sometimes snow can be so pretty – so long as you aren’t driving in it.

Carol's Picture - Skaha Lake December 2012

The Okananogan Valley after snow. Lake Skaha by Malibu Dreams Photography

Christmas 2012 - Shaun's street

Calgary after a snowfall at Christmas.