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Can someone explain Little Cottonwood Canyon road restrictions for me?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
even after living in slc for a year i still don't get it. when there are NO RESTRICTIONS there is still that sign that says snow tires or chains in vehicle required. but when the canyon has restrictions, it only says you must have 4x4 or chains on. nothing about snow tires.

so my question is, would i be ok with a 4x4 SUV that doesn't have snow tires?

i'm renting a car is why i'm asking. i've been renting a compact and taking the bus but i'm tired of dealing with a packed bus and standing the entire way up the canyon. so i want to upgrade to an suv but i want to make sure i wont get a ticket or anything for not having snow tires...
post #2 of 15
I have driven in Tahoe extensively and in LCC quite a few times. you can always get thru with an SUV (yes a standard rental SUV) - unless the road is closed.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
thanks. i guess i'm gonna go ahead and upgrade. probably get a grand cherokee or a trailblazer
post #4 of 15

if you get on the bus closer to where it starts

you will not have to stand. an suv without snowtires takes a long time to stop and fishtails more easily
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
well obviously snow tires are better than not. and studs would be even better. but 4x4 without snow tires is the best i'm gonna get. are you saying it won't get me up and down the canyon? will there be sheriffs deputies or something who will turn me away?

i may not have to stand if i catch the bus farther away, but i will have to stand in line at snowbird to catch it on the way back. plus it takes a long time to get up and back with all the stops...
post #6 of 15
If you want to feel safe, just pick up a set of chains. I bet you never need them, but you have them if you do. And then return them when you're done, since you won't have used them.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
oh thats brilliant. return them. i don't know why i didn't think of that myself. i believe i'll do that. thanks.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by //V View Post
well obviously snow tires are better than not. and studs would be even better. but 4x4 without snow tires is the best i'm gonna get. are you saying it won't get me up and down the canyon? will there be sheriffs deputies or something who will turn me away?

i may not have to stand if i catch the bus farther away, but i will have to stand in line at snowbird to catch it on the way back. plus it takes a long time to get up and back with all the stops...
Snowtires are overkill for living in SLC. We have regular winter snowfall here in the Poconos and my 4WD SUV gets me around just fine with regular tires.
On Friday morning there were 2 officers 100 yds apart checking cars while 4x4/chains restrictions were on.

Your bus comment should be warning to those who think it is so easy and efficient to "catch the bus" up the canyons. I saw a huge crowded line waiting for the bus at Snowbird on Friday.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
Snowtires are overkill for living in SLC. We have regular winter snowfall here in the Poconos and my 4WD SUV gets me around just fine with regular tires.
On Friday morning there were 2 officers 100 yds apart checking cars while 4x4/chains restrictions were on.

Your bus comment should be warning to those who think it is so easy and efficient to "catch the bus" up the canyons. I saw a huge crowded line waiting for the bus at Snowbird on Friday.
do they check for snow tires or just 4x4 and chains do you know?
post #10 of 15
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do they check for snow tires or just 4x4 and chains do you know?

In California, snow tire means M&S ( Mud and snow), which is your average all season tire.
post #11 of 15
Nobody stops you to examine your snow packed treads. If you've got a truck, an SUV or a Subaru you get waved through. If not, you're turned away to chain up or go elsewhere. You never know when the Sheriff is going to be there, and when he's not, idiots in Ford Fiestas with bald tires will be sliding around in front of you all the way up, or until they go off the road. Heard the canyon was closed today. don't know for how long.
post #12 of 15

LCC road closure yesterday

The LCC road was closed from around 10am until just before 2pm. The Hellgate/Superior section was closed all day, so the bypass road was the only way to access Alta. I was told that several Subaru wagons with 20-ish male drivers spun out and got stranded, blocking the road. It sure kept the crowds down at Alta!

UDOT was expected to wait until this morning to shoot Superior before opening the rest of the main road. I am now back home, so I don't know what actually happened today.

I am surprised at how little of Superior slid this past week, given the twitchy backcountry condtions and the wind and snow loading over the last 6 days.
post #13 of 15
If you are renting in SLC just to be sure book for a winterized or ski equipped SUV and you will get snow tyres.

I have rented SUVs for Tahoe trips in San Fransisco(airport), Jackson Hole (airport), and SLC (airport) and always had snow tyres on the SUV even without specifying ski equipped vehicles.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
. . .and when he's not, idiots in Ford Fiestas with bald tires will be sliding around in front of you all the way up, or until they go off the road. Heard the canyon was closed today. don't know for how long.
For your information, I was in a Chevrolet Chevette not a Ford Fiesta.
post #15 of 15
The blizzard+wind was so bad yesterday that they closed Parleys canyon- that's interstate 80 to Park City. The skiing has been sorta good, though....

Hey, my '85 Honda civic got up real nice with chains, back in the day- it's just putting them on in nuking snow without gloves that sucks....
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