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Non 4wd car, where to go if snowing in Utah ?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
We will be in SLC next week, and we have rented a compact car (no 4wd) due to budget constraints.

If any day happened to be snowing (in response to our prayers), which resorts have easier access with a simple car (probably a Ford Focus), and which I should surely avoid ? For example, I have read here that Powder Mtn has a steep road, and I recall from my previous trip last year that LCC would also be not that easy under snow. Should we head to PCMR, Canyons or DV in case of a god-blessed storm ?

Thanks and regards.
post #2 of 19
If you really want to ski one of the Cottonwoods (Alta/Bird/Solitude/Brighton)
just park at the bottom of the canyon and take the bus up the canyon.
It's only a couple bucks and will get you there and back safely.

Otherwise, driving to PCMR, Canyons or DV should be easier.
Good luck, hope you get lotsa freshies!
post #3 of 19
Snowbasin! No worries on 2wd travel on trappers loop. This time of year the snow will only be up above 7000' or so.
post #4 of 19
If it snows you can always buy a $20 set of tire chains if you need to!! I'm sure they're sold all over the SLC area!!
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by steelman
This time of year the snow will only be up above 7000' or so.
New to the area, eh?
post #6 of 19
Go to Deer Valley on the snowy day so you can ski Alta the next!
We did that 2 weeks ago and did not regret it.
post #7 of 19
Drive a little slower, take you time. Getting there is the key to a good day. Of course there may be a long line of cars behind you that disagree with my statement.
post #8 of 19
there are shuttle companies, All resort Express, Powder for the People, just to name a couple, that will get you up to, and back from Park City.
If your headed to the Cottonwoods, then the UTA bus will work just great for you.
Chances are the roads won't be a problem. UDOT(highway dept.) does a great job getting roads cleared, salted, sanded. The Cottonwoods do get closed after big storms, so ava control can take place. This is one place a 2 wheel drive won't be any good less you have studded snow tires all the way around..
Just wathc the weather closely, you should be fine.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by zion zig zag
New to the area, eh?
Been here since '87
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for all your comments. Almost there...
post #11 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by killclimbz
Drive a little slower, take you time. Getting there is the key to a good day. Of course there may be a long line of cars behind you that disagree with my statement.
Nothing wrong with going a little slower when rd condtions warrent.
Driving all over the coutry, i see some pretty bad aciedents, cause by those who won't slow down on bad roads.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by killclimbz
Drive a little slower, take you time. Getting there is the key to a good day. Of course there may be a long line of cars behind you that disagree with my statement.
NO!
DO NOT FOLLOW THIS ADVICE IN LITTLE OR BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON AND KILLCLIMBZ YOUR NAME IS PERFECTFOR THIS MISGUIDED DIRECTION!

1) you will be ticketed. When the roads are restricted to 4wd or chains, the Sherriff will ticket you.
2) you will be a danger not only to yourself but all of the rest of us, cars spinning out causes accidents
3)if you make it going up in a snowstorm you may not make it down for days.
dAily snowtotals in the feet are not uncommon here.
4) www.rideuta.com

Parleys Canyon ( up and over to Park City) is no picnic in a storm either. Visibility + slick roads+ major trucking route=DANGER.

The advice to hit Snowbasin on a snow day with the new road is spot on.

But what do I know, I have only been driving to these resorts from SLC since I leraned to drive 17 years ago and do it every day now.
post #13 of 19
Dude - Calm Down. Next week's forecast calls for temps in the mid 40s. You ain't gettin no fresh powder.
post #14 of 19
The Canyon Hop provides agreat shuttle service to the Cottonwoods. I never would trust a trip up to LCC with anything other than 4wd before May 15. The weather is just too unpredictible. While the forecast may call for mid 40s in SLC, that does not guarantee that there won't be a 20" dump in in mountains. To think otherwise is just plain foolish!
post #15 of 19
Yea,

I had an outback reserved at hertz. Cancelled the reservation and picked up an economy car for 25 bucks a day. Saving almost 60 bucks a day!

No need to worry. high pressure dominating the area. UDOT has very little restrictions on roads right now. 'Cept at Pow Mow and Brian Head.

Now to find those east facing corny slopes.
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
[quote=ski nose popsicle]

No need to worry. high pressure dominating the area. UDOT has very little restrictions on roads right now. 'Cept at Pow Mow and Brian Head.
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That is the calculation I made... Saved bucks at rental increase the gear budget...
Sorry, which are the restrictions to Poder Mtn ?
post #17 of 19
powder mountain has a 4wd or snowtire restriction. same for brian head.
post #18 of 19

Clarification needed

I will be in SLC this coming week (for the first time)(staying in Midvale). This thread has left me a little confused so I need some more help.
1. Roads close due to avalanch danger. So what happens if I am at Alta and the road closes and I can't get back to SLC? Do I sleep in my car or the lodge floor?
2. If it snows, do the roads have signs posting their restrictions or how do people find out what the restrictions are?
3. If there are restrictions, how are they inforced. I am from Minnesota and have driven in snow all my life so 6 inches on the road is not a problem. Now 12 to 18 unplowed might be.
4. Which resorts have approach roads that are the least likely to have restrictions. One post says Snowbasin might fit that bill.

Thanks
post #19 of 19
If your in the Cottonwood Canyons and they close the road for ava control, chances are they have the interlodge lock up in place. They get everyone inside of the lodges, and force you to stay there until ava danger has past.(county ordunce, you can be arrested) They do not allow you to sleep in cars, cause avalanchs like to go thru parking lots. Look around the lodges for past damage/pictures. Other Utah Bears acan further explain the interlodge lock down.

At the eentrance of each canyon there are overhead signs, telling road conditions. Also most local radio stations do traffic reports. Best one for traffic in slc, is 1160 am ksl. every 9 min . Kutv channel 2 has the best tv traffic reports

The sheriff Dept. Canyon Patrol is posted at the entrance of the canyons, they check to see whether or not you have chains or 4 wheel drive, or studded tires They will turn you around, if you dont have the above. Don't try to drive past, cause they will ticket you, if not give you a day indoors' at County Metro Cross Bar Hotel.

The resorts in the Park City are probly the best to reach on a snow day. In the 15 years i had lived in slc , and worked at DV, there was only one day i could not get to work. And i drive a Pontiac GrandAm. I had left home before the plows were out.
UDOT does a great job at snow removal, I-80 is the major interstate running east west, they do not like shutting it down, if they dont have to. I have seen 5 plows go up it in a 'v' pattern.

Looking at the weather at noaa.gov, there isn't anything coming your way. I live n Tahoe, now, and what weather we get almost always heads due east into Utah. And the focast here looke high n dry. I doubt you'll have any problems.
Just watch out for the funny drinking laws, and even funnier underware. :
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