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Chains, Alamo rental car, snow , ice....help....

Chains, Alamo rental car, snow , ice....help....

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Manhattan Beach...
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1. Re: Chains, Alamo rental car, snow , ice....help....

I hope you don't cancel your 25th Anniversary trip to Tahoe. We've been visiting there that many years each winter and twice as many years each summer. It's the most beautiful place to enjoy Mother Nature.

For our winter trip we fly into Reno, NV airport and the drive to Incline Village in LT is only 45 min where we stay at the Hyatt. We've never rented chains, as they are not allowed, plus Reno has on hand the type of SUV's you will need to get over the mountain as most people flying there go to Ski. If there was a bad storm the road will be closed until they clear it so you won't be stranded. In all the years we've traveled we never had a problem, even if it is snowing, driving from Reno.

Where are you coming from in CA? Do you have your lodging reservations made?

All I can add is don't give up going to Tahoe, it will be worth it. We are city people from Los Angeles and only drive in the snow a couple times a year.

Edited: 5:30 am, January 16, 2013
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for Yosemite National Park
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2. Re: Chains, Alamo rental car, snow , ice....help....

The problem is that some SUVs are 2 Wheel Drive (2WD.) If the car you get is All Wheel Drive (AWD) or 4 Wheel Drive (4WD) you'll be fine.

California
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3. Re: Chains, Alamo rental car, snow , ice....help....

All new tires are rated for snow & mud now so they'd have to put some pretty bad tires on that rental for them not to be rated. If you need confirmation, then just look at the tire wall & you'll see M&S in raised letters.

Also if it's not snowing you won't have any worries at all. The roads are cleared continuously when it's snowing. So only when it's snowing hard would you have to worry about driving conditions anyway. There is tons of snow for skiing right now but the roads are dry & clear.

You can look at all the road cams for an idea of what to expect. Scroll to the Tahoe area cams:

http://video.dot.ca.gov/

4. Re: Chains, Alamo rental car, snow , ice....help....

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South Lake Tahoe...
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5. Re: Chains, Alamo rental car, snow , ice....help....

You'll be fine, and we can't wait until you're up here skiing enjoying our beautiful scenery.

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6. Re: Chains, Alamo rental car, snow , ice....help....

I never read they were skiing. Must have missed that part of their 25th wedding anniversary trip.

France
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7. Re: Chains, Alamo rental car, snow , ice....help....

All rental companies have AWD SUV but very limited, it is best to book in advance (+/- $140.00/day + Tax) It is worth during the winter season and especially this year there is a lot of snow in Lake Tahoe, SUV AWD are the size of the Jeep Cherokee, big enough to put your ski's inside the car when you pull down the back seats, plenty of space for 2 people and very safe on the road. If you do not need a AWD/4 WD then have a car with Front Wheel Traction, it will be much safer to drive in the mountain than Real Wheel Traction, HGWY 50 has many windings and it will feel much more smoother FWD.

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8. Re: Chains, Alamo rental car, snow , ice....help....

Suzie - You're right. Looking at her post I do not see where they'll be skiing. I just assumed... And you know what that means.

France: The roads are dry here, now. There is plenty of snow on the mountains, and even on the ground, but the roads here are dry. When it snows the plows run continuously. When it's clear and dry like right now they keep moving moving and snow banks further and further away from the road to control melt and refreeze.

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