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Driving from S.F. to North Lake Tahoe, Squaw

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey all, I am a New Englander visiting SF for the holidays and will be skiing at Squaw 12/20-12/23.

I read that driving to North LT during snow/icy conditions is easier than South LT so I booked stay in Olympic Valley near Squaw.

Now looking at the extended forecast looks like alot of snow coming, which is great for skiing of course but I am wondering if a regular rent a car will do or if I need an SUV and chains?

I'll be taking I-80 to 89 which looks pretty straightforward but wanted to see if anyone had any advise or info.

As always, thanks in advance.

Alan
post #2 of 10
A regular rent a car and chains will work. I hear that Walmart has cables for $20. An SUV with all season tires and all wheel/4 wheel usually means that you can leave the chains off.

Have fun
post #3 of 10
Temp have been low and are forecast to stay low during your trip. If chain controls go up, it means 40-50 miles @ 30 mph of to get to Squaw.

If you can afford it, a 4X4 SUV would be nicer than listen to the chains for a couple of hours.


Put this number in you phone to call for road conditions: 1-800-427-7623.

Also, if you need to put chains on, I highly recommend just paying the chain installers. It's not the most fun place to figure out the how to install chains on the cold wet and dirty road side.

BTW: I was at Squaw yesterday the snow was great. The cold temps should keep the snow is excellent condition.
post #4 of 10
Also, do yourself a favor and print or download this site and bring it with you.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
All, thanks for the tips much appreciated.

Based on comments I am going to try and get an upgrade to an SUV with 4X4
post #6 of 10

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Originally Posted by akaplan9 View Post
All, thanks for the tips much appreciated.

Based on comments I am going to try and get an upgrade to an SUV with 4X4

Probably a good idea. AND check the tires and get at SUV with some decent tires. The biggest problem on 80 and Tahoe isn't the snow its all the drivers with their head #$%#% so drive defensively and watching for the loonies. Or move to Idaho whick is what I did - no traffic - sometimes none.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Epilogue: Sunday, December 21st I left the in-laws at Walnut Creek and headed out to Squaw Valley. I rented the RAV4 with 4x4. Lots of rain but no snow and was able to make it in 2 1/2 hours. No chains required. Right after I arrived it started snowing and over the next two days over 20 inches of snow fell making for some of the best skiing I have ever experienced.

Great trip, hope I can make it back this way again some time.
post #8 of 10
That is great to hear.

Hopefully, New England will continue to get some big storms.

Happy Holidays,
post #9 of 10
beware of the maaaaajor traffic problem just btw. it took us 6 hours to drive from SF to truckee. it was not fun lol
post #10 of 10
This is the busiest week of the year, and Tahoe just got hit with over 50-60" of snow over 7000' this week (Donner Summit is 7200'). Great stuff once you get there; I enjoyed it last week when it was just starting to snow and before the crowds headed up there...
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