I will be leaving from Santa Maria, CA (Central Coast) today at 1:00pm. Looks like the weather is getting bad. I have reservations at the Cal Neva and plan on skiing Diamond Peak, Homewood and Northstar Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Right now Caltrans shows I-80 as:
CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW
TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 3 MI EAST OF GOLD RUN (PLACER CO) TO TRUCKEE
The Homewood road conditions map shows I-80 on a hold/closed before Truckee, but 267 has no chains requirements:
I have never been to Tahoe before. Google driving directions has us going up I-5 through Sacramento and over on I-80 for a roughly 7 hour and 30 minute drive. This will have us getting to Truckee at about 8:00pm without traffic.
Is there an alternate route around Donner Pass? Kings Beach is calling for 6-10 inches tonight. Should we just stay in Auburn and drive the remaining hour and half on Friday.
Excited about the snow, nervous about getting there ... Please advise!
(I have a front-wheel-drive Mazda3 hatchback and snow chains).