Heading out on a ski safari on Saturday. I think I know most of the route, but...
I will be skiing Wednesday at Schweitzer, Thursday at Apex in Penticton, Firday for a bit at Manning Park.
I plan a full day at Schweitzer, then driving to, say, Omak for the night. I expect about 4.5 hours for that, after a full ski day. The next morning would be a short drive then to Apex (subject of course to the border crossing).
Looking at a map, my route looks like #2 from Sandpoint, through Spokane, to #17, up to Omak. But, there is a smaller road, through Grand Coulee, that looks interesting. I have been through there in the summer, several years ago, but no idea what the road may be like in the winter. Can anyone give me some advice? I understand road conditions change regularly, but how is it 'normally'?
Is looking at going up 395, then across on 20 worth considering? I seem to recall highway 20 as a gorgeous drive in the spring, but this time of year may be very different. Any other route I should consider??
I digress - Highway 20 story from 30 years ago. I got to Winthrop on a Saturday afternoon, parked behind some building off the main drag, and walked around the front to see the town. It was a special weekend, some festival of some kind. Anyway, I rounded the corner, and a huge gunfight broke out, with me in the middle. Turns out it was a recreation of a wild west bank robbery, and the bad guys had just come out of the bank, to be confronted by the law. Scared the living s*&**% out of me, until I figured it out.
Then, Apex to Manning Park. Haven't been on that road (#3) since Outward Bound winter course, 30 (cough) years ago. Is that usually a good winter driving road?
FWIW, right now the plan is:
I am aware of the present conditions on the #1 at Rogers Pass / Revelstoke / Golden. Not in a big hurry, and if I get snowed in at Revelstoke, well Gosh darn it all! I'll have to make the best of it.
Thanks for any advice you can give. I do appreciate it. Any hints on local accommodations/conditions etc. would also be most welcome!