Super Cruising in Snow and Ice

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(Colorado) – If the winter wonderland of the Rocky Mountains is calling your name – whether its time to hit the ski slopes, take your snowmobile out for a ride or just seek a quiet space surrounded by the beauty of the season - it’s important to remember the dangers of navigating the region’s snow packed and icy roadways.

Looking at 2021 winter crash data from December 1, 2020, through the end of March 2021 for just the southwest region of the state, 106 injury and fatal crashes were investigated by Colorado State Troopers in that area. The top identified causal factors for these crashes in descending order were:

  • Excessive Speed (posted limit or for the conditions)
  • Lane Violations (drivers traveling outside their lane)
  • Impaired Driving
  • Distracted Driving

“Drivers should prepare themselves for the key characteristics of mountain driving including narrow and winding roadways, sharp curves and animal encounters,” stated Major Brett Williams, District Five Commander for the Colorado State Patrol. “Now factor in unfavorable weather conditions or towing a vehicle. Taking things slow and maintaining a centered lane position is the safest and smartest way to explore the region.”

As a resource to visitors in the area, the Colorado State Patrol has updated its Super Cruising in Colorado web resource to help prepare visitors on scenic byways and mountain roadways throughout the area during winter conditions. 


Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs.  In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more.