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LCC and BCC roads in clear weather - OK for 2WD?

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I know the official status of the LCC and BCC roads is 4x4 or chains required in the vehicle but for those in the know, if the weather is clear with no chance of snow on that day, is it still a problem taking a non-4x4 rental car up these roads?  I am heading to Utah on Thursday and would like to ski either Alta or Brighton on Thursday afternoon.  If there was a possibility of snow, I wouldn't chance it and would take the bus, but the forecast is showing no snow until Friday so I was thinking of just driving up instead of messing with the bus.  Is this a common practice or am I still risking a ticket?  Thanks in advance for the advice!  

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As long as the forecast doesn't change you will be fine driving up in any rental.  If you're coming in and that afternoon/day is the only day you can ski you might want to think about Brighton.  Brighton has night skiing and you can buy a combo ticket good from 12:30 to 9:00 for $64.  The night skiing gets a bit boring/frigid after a bit, but it's skiing.  Molly Greens is in the top of the day lodge and is a good place for a plate of nachos and a beer to warm up with.

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I cruised up to Snowbird this arvo in a rental (do not use Alamo at SLC Airport btw!) Chevy Sonic. it's a normal bitumen road, as-is the BCC road.  But after its behaviour in snow going up Parley's last week, I wouldn't do it in heavy weather. The ski buses are pretty bulletproof. 

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Originally Posted by BuckeyeFanDan View Post

I know the official status of the LCC and BCC roads is 4x4 or chains required in the vehicle but for those in the know, if the weather is clear with no chance of snow on that day, is it still a problem taking a non-4x4 rental car up these roads?  I am heading to Utah on Thursday and would like to ski either Alta or Brighton on Thursday afternoon.  If there was a possibility of snow, I wouldn't chance it and would take the bus, but the forecast is showing no snow until Friday so I was thinking of just driving up instead of messing with the bus.  Is this a common practice or am I still risking a ticket?  Thanks in advance for the advice!  

 

 

The actual restriction is snow tires required on the car or tire chains in possession, regardless of the weather. 

 

You'll be fine with 2wd.  Nobody checks your trunk to see if you have chains on board. 

 

http://updsl.org/services/canyon_restrictions

 

Just keep an eye on the weather as it gets closer to Thursday.

 

It will often start snowing at the top of the canyons while still nice and dry at the bottom.

 

If it starts storming while you are up the canyon, it's possible the 4x4 or chains restriction could go in effect.  If that happens, getting a ticket for not having chains in your possession would be the least of your worries.

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If there is no snow, you don't have to worry about anything.

post #6 of 6

As others have said. If weather is clear, no problem with 2wd. I guess technically you could get a ticket, but I have never seen the sheriff check chains on dry days.

 

Just watch the weather. Don't be one of those people who drive up with a 2wd when snow is coming and clog everything up on the way down because you are slipping and sliding all around and creating a dangerous situation for everyone else and/or delaying us getting home to dinner.smile.gif

 

Forecast is for snow Friday and Saturday. Either take the bus then, or hitch a ride.

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