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Old 01-04-2011, 10:39 AM   #1
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Tahoe Snow

Well finally got to take the jeep out in the snow, although i can drive a 2 wheel drive sedan in the snow being from the east coast

the jeep was greart felt very safe. I was up in tahoe for xmas to ny.

some snow accumulations

the road to kirkwood, its about 20 miles in the middle of nowhere through the moutains.

i left at 7:30am to go back to socal with a suprise snowstorm about 4-6" accumulated before i left. drove out of tahoe on the 50 in pounding snow.

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Old 01-04-2011, 12:43 PM   #2
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Looks like a good snow storm. Those are fun to drive it when the opportunity is there. Did you ever need chains? I have been to Big Bear before in snowstorms and the CHP was checking everyone for chains. I had them but he told me I would not need them because I had a Jeep, but if I did not have them in my possession I would not be allowed to go up the hill. Seemed kind of odd to me but whatever.

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Old 01-04-2011, 12:54 PM   #3
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the restrictions were autos with chains or 4x4 with snow tires ok. CA law says you have to carry chains regardless. the only chain checkpoint i saw was was on the 50 in and out of tahoe. I went on the way out and they just waived me through and didn't ask for chains. There were vehicles in front of me that either had chains or 4x4 w/ snow tires and didn't get stopped. when i got out of the chain area, on the other side of the road was about 50 cars putting chains on. I borrowed some just incase from my neighbor (even though they wouldn't fit I didn't want to have to turn around)

on the way to kirkwood, there were signs posted, and one CHP patrolling the entire road.

i don't see how you would need chains with 4x4 and i have the stock rubi tires which are M/S rated. the only time i slid was when testing the brakes and getting the ABS to kick in, it slid. of course if you want to slow down, down shift ans stay off the brakes.

it amazed me how may itiots in minivans would try to drive without chains. one guy got stuck going uphill on the way home from squaw valley in the beggining of the first storm, i passed him in 4 wheel drive lol. another itiot slid off the road on the other side of the road on the 50 in a minivan.
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