I am thinking of driving between Montreal and Boston this winter. I have no idea what the weather will be like, so I prefer to keep options for this trip.
I read these two existing questions on this area:
Most scenic route between Hartford, CT and Montreal
Road Conditions on drive from Washington, DC to Quebec City over Christmas
however, I still have interrogations about the different possible routes and the snow conditions I may expect on the north USA part of the trip. I have done it on a Greyhound bus before (through Vermont) and remember it was in the mountains/hills. Having been on a bus in the hills during a snowstorm, I could see that while a bus has few troubles circulating, cars should better stop. I will have a rental car so I expect it is equipped with winter tires but probably not chains.
My question is about which of the route options is the most likely cleared/less mountainous. I see three route options:
- Hwy 15 (QC)/Route 87 (NY)
- Route 133 (QC)/Route 89 (VT)
- Route 55 (QC)/Route 91 (VT)
So far I could see on OpenStreetMap on the cycle map that the third option is more mountainous while the two first run along the Lake Champlain for a large part of the trip (therefore the altitude does not change much). But I have no other idea to pick the right route, in case it snows a bit/a lot. I will check Quebec511 before leaving in case one is closed, but if it snows after it will be harder to decide.
In the end my question is: which of the Montreal-Boston routes is the earliest cleared or least mountainous, so that in case of snow I do not end up going out of the road?