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snowchains and ski wear

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snowchains and ski wear

we will be hiring a car to drive from Nyc - will we need snow chains or hire them if offered by the hire company. We are hoping to do some snowmobiling - will our ski jackets be ok with jeans or do we need our sallopetes? thanks!

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1. Re: snowchains and ski wear

The car you hire will probably have snow tires. Unless your staying in a cabin on a dirt road or an off the beaten path B&B then you'll have no problems driving with these - if your worried get 4 wheel drive. Stowe from NYC is quite a hike - allow 5-6 hours. Most snowmobile places have clothing and helmets included in rental but you may want to check and/or bring your own sallopets. Jeans would be unsuitable to wear because of the cold (-15C today) and potential to get wet.

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2. Re: snowchains and ski wear

It has been my personal rental car experience that rental cars do not come with snow tires, they come with "All Season" tires. Tires like that are good in most conditions, except very icy conditions, or heavy snow. If it's heavy snow or very icy, you probably ought to avoid driving anyway, snow tires or not.

Nevertheless, you can and probably should at least ask your selected rental car company if they offer snow tires, because they are worth it if only for peace of mind if you are driving in the winter in Vermont. It's possible they have that as an option...but again, I rented a car from Hertz last winter to drive from Maine to Vermont, and the agent in Maine laughed at me when I asked for a car with snow tires, he told me that none of their cars had snow tires. I was shocked, to say the least.

I seriously doubt rental car companies would offer chains even if you asked for them, use and availability of chains in the U.S. is pretty rare these days.

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3. Re: snowchains and ski wear

4WD is great to have if the weather is lousy. Keep tabs of the forecast and you can upgrade your rental if needed.

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