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Iowa

So I went to Colorado skiing last week, and was (un)lucky enough to hit both major blizzards...the first one on the way out to Colorado, and the second one on the way back. The way out wasn't too bad, just a lot of white out conditions caused by the semi trucks on the interstates and icy roads...we took backroads through South Dakota and Nebraska and came out 20 hours later 2 hours west of Denver. Then, we skied for 5 amazing wonderful days with great conditions, everything from fresh powder to groomed packed powder. We pretty much had SolVista to ourselves, and there were no lift lines. Side note- SolVista is awesome! Everybody we met was so nice! Ok, anyways, after skiing all day on Friday we left for home, this time deciding to go through Nebraska, over to Omaha, taking interstate 80 until we reached I35 to head North. Sounds like a good plan, right? And it worked perfectly, going about 80 mph the whole way...until we got to Iowa. Now, let me tell you about Iowa...you'd think, that being in the midwest and right below Minnesota that they would have a clue on how to handle a blizzard...but they DON'T. First of all, we found out that they don't use any sand or chemicals on their roads, they just plow the snow away. Couple problems with that... #1. When you remove the snow, you leave ice. If you don't use something to get rid or help with the ice, you have slow driving and many accidents. Case in point- there were over 100 semi trucks and 100 cars in the ditches, including 4 that we personally saw on their roofs. Problem #2. If you don't clear the ice, you can't drive on the interstate. So what does the intelligent state of Iowa do to correct the problem? They close the interstates. What's the problem with closing the interstates? Then people are forced to take the backroads. What happens when people take the back roads? Then you have really horrible Iowa drivers on really horrible Iowa roads trying to push through...and the semi trucks that don't have time to wait for the interstates to open back up go to the backroads, and you have even more accidents. Case in point- we took backroads around the interstates to a little town that started with a 'G'... there was an accident up ahead that closed the side roads. As we stopped, two semi trucks behind us rear-ended each other. Stupid, Stupid Iowa. Now, I know Iowa is just an afterthought state, one that everyone associates with corn and farms. So maybe you are thinking that they can't afford the nessesary equiptment needed to clear the ice. WRONG!!! While we were driving, we saw some of the highest quality and highest priced snow removal equiptment available. However, Iowa doesn't know how to use what they have. Case in point- we almost got smashed by a pickup truck that hit a patch of snow left behind by a poorly done snow removal job. It would have been a horrific accident if that truck had had a long box instead of a short box. And then there was the high tech machinery that was doing a good job clearing the road...on one side, by throwing the show onto the other lane. Um, what are they trying to accomplish there? Anyways, luckily for us we finally made it the 300 or so miles out of Iowa, and it only took 12 HOURS. Of course, once we got into Minnesota the roads were expertly taken care of, and we were able to cruise right along. Bottem line, never drive through Iowa during a snow storm, stick to the states that know what they are doing, like Minnesota.