What do I need to drive to ski resort (Whistler)?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by talkingcell, Nov 15, 2005.

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    talkingcell Guest

    I am going to a ski trip to Whistler (British Columbia, Canada) on the
    first week of December. I am driving a 2005 Subaru Forester 2.5x. Do I
    need snow tires? Or snow chains? I have no experience at all since I
    used to drive to a bus stop and let the resort's bus take me up to the

    talkingcell, Nov 15, 2005
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    etienne Guest

    Snow tires will get you most of the way there. The first part of the
    road follows the coastline. The rest of it is inland and is more prone
    to heavy snow. Chaining may be necessary depending on road conditions
    that day. Chains may be helpful once you get to the village as the
    parking lots and stuff may not be plowed. But considering you are
    driving a AWD, good set of snow tires will be all you need.
    etienne, Nov 15, 2005
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    talkingcell Guest

    talkingcell, Nov 15, 2005
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    QX Guest

    This is the link to a winter safety publication of the
    BC Ministry of Transportation.

    QX, Nov 15, 2005
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    Cam Penner Guest

    I live in the Vancouver area, and have driven to Whistler
    in the winter a bunch of times. Up to Squamish (about 1/2
    way from Vancouver) you're not going to see heavy
    accumulations of snow. You're pretty much at sea level
    until then, and right on the coast. Beyond that, the
    weather varies considerably.

    Most of the time, all you need are a good set of wipers and
    rain boots.

    All the other times a set of All Seasons with good tread
    was enough. I've only ever had to pull over for chains
    once, and by the time we got them on, the snowplow drove by
    and we had to take them off to follow.

    How much snow driving experience do you have? If you are a
    snow rookie, then I'd recommend snow tires. The Whistler
    web site recommends snow tires - and I can see their point.
    (http://www.whistlerchamber.com/dyn.Getting_Here.php) A
    few hundred bucks in tires is cheaper than a more than a
    few hundred bucks in repairs.

    Most places, however, suggest that All Seasons with chains
    is the minimum. (ie:
    directions.ihtml#car )

    The biggest thing to remember when driving in the snow with
    an AWD vehicle is that you cannot STOP better than you
    would in a non-AWD car. This is deceptive because you
    don't notice how slippery it really is UNTIL you brake -
    unlike cars that have trouble getting going. ;)
    Cam Penner, Nov 15, 2005
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    Jim Stewart Guest

    Not familiar with the road, but we travel
    in the Sierra Nevada mountains all winter
    with all-weather tires and chains onboard.

    We've never had to mount the chains.

    '99 Outback and '04 WRX.
    Jim Stewart, Nov 15, 2005
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    LB Guest

    I went to Whistler and all local (WA) skiing resorts (much more then once)
    in my 1995 Toyota Tercel with all season tires and chains in the truck. I
    never had any problems.
    LB, Nov 16, 2005
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