Bushwacker, I'll be arriving in SLC tomorrow night with a friend and Wed morning we'll be driving into LCC (staying in Midvale). I've never been there but my buddy has and he feels comfortable with a basic economy car (no 4WD), but I'm not so sure. I've been reading the forums here for a few weeks and hear a lot about road issues getting to Snowbird/Alta. Could you expand on your advice about the road? Are you saying that the road is normally open EARLY in the morning but often closes later? Based on what I'm reading on Alta's website right now, that seems to be the case (at least for today). Right now it says:
"4x4 or Chains Required"
"Monday morning, the road will be restricted at 6:30 am at Gate A, interlodge will go into effect at 7:00 am. The road should re-open at 8:30 am".
May seen self explanatory to someone familiar with the area, but I was just hoping for a little interpretation. Does 4x4 or Chains Required mean that anyone meeting those requirements CAN take the road into the canyon EVEN during the "restricted" window? And what does "interlodge will go into effect" mean? We'll be there through Sunday and right now it's looking like it may snow just about every day! Great for ski conditions I'm sure, but I'd hate to be stuck outside the canyon every morning!!
: Based on the forecast, it doesn't look like "puking" will be happening during the time we're there, just a chance of snow each day. In light snow/light accumulation conditions will the road normally be open? Should we plan to rent chains? Or should we just upgrade to 4WD (rather not if not really necessary)?
ANY info and advice you could give us would be GREATLY appreciated!
Thanks in advance!