Corridor H doesn't really affect my personal drive time to the Valley. Coming out of Germantown, I find it easier for my own sanity to head out I-68 into Cumberland and then head on down. I just have this mental vision of some of you guys dressed in racing suits and carrying stop watches trying to shave seconds off your drive time. I sure would hate to have to pee while carpooling with ya.
I didn't know about the deeper snow in higher elevations. Since I can't escape the trappings of family life and make the drive out west, I don't look into things too closely. It just depresses me more.