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Old 03-12-2013, 11:44 AM   #11 (permalink)
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2 hrs and 45 min from pleasanton to kirkwood even on a powder day? (sketch roads and chains)...sounds more like a 4 hr drive

anyway, I don't know how you guys do it. My local is 2 hrs on a hardpack day and about 3 hrs on a heavy powder day. I tried the one day thing a few times but it was killer on the back with all the driving and shredding first to last chair. I do whatever it takes to be able to spend the night after the first day riding...then I can ride the next day and drive home with infinitely less fatigue.

I WISH! I had so much snow on 88 to make it in more than 3 hours. No way this season.....
2:45 both ways...I have AWD. maybe longer driving back since I'm tired and not motivated by timing. Now if you plan to use chains...yes 4 hours is realistic.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I WISH! I had so much snow on 88 to make it in more than 3 hours. No way this season.....
2:45 both ways...I have AWD. maybe longer driving back since I'm tired and not motivated by timing. Now if you plan to use chains...yes 4 hours is realistic.
still sounds like a bit of an exaggeration. If it isn't, you are hauling ass...dangerously. Just FYI, I saw 3 accidents when I went up last thurs. One was an AWD teetering/stuck on top of a snow bank (tow truck was pulling it off), the second on was an AWD on it's side at the bottom of a ditch and third was a front wheel drive upside down with the entire windshield and roof caved in flat (had to be some injuries on that one)

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I googled the ski bus and I dont think I can do it. If anything went wrong like I got lost and missed it.. omg I would be screwed...
the bus is a compromise. I tried that once and, yeah, it's totally sweet not to have to deal with chains and to be able to sleep all the way home...but making it to the bus on time in the morning is stressful and, worse, getting back on the bus within 30 min after last chair is even scarier (they will leave you at the resort). The good thing about trying the bus at least once is it makes you not take your car and it's freedom for granted.
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still sounds like a bit of an exaggeration. If it isn't, you are hauling ass...dangerously. Just FYI, I saw 3 accidents when I went up last thurs. One was an AWD teetering/stuck on top of a snow bank (tow truck was pulling it off), the second on was an AWD on it's side at the bottom of a ditch and third was a front wheel drive upside down with the entire windshield and roof caved in flat (had to be some injuries on that one)

the bus is a compromise. I tried that once and, yeah, it's totally sweet not to have to deal with chains and to be able to sleep all the way home...but making it to the bus on time in the morning is stressful and, worse, getting back on the bus within 30 min after last chair is even scarier (they will leave you at the resort). The good thing about trying the bus at least once is it makes you not take your car and it's freedom for granted.
2:45 is about right from Pleasanton.
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still sounds like a bit of an exaggeration. If it isn't, you are hauling ass...dangerously. Just FYI, I saw 3 accidents when I went up last thurs. One was an AWD teetering/stuck on top of a snow bank (tow truck was pulling it off), the second on was an AWD on it's side at the bottom of a ditch and third was a front wheel drive upside down with the entire windshield and roof caved in flat (had to be some injuries on that one)
I'm not. I have been driving on 88 for the past 5 years in all conditions. And I saw many accidents as well. Never had one myself.

I drive a Subaru WRX I do 75/80 on the freeway (580>4>99) and at the speed limit after that...that is 55 (actual 65) until Jackson, and then HW88 that is 55 (60) (clean road) or 45 uphill 35 downhill on snow. Consider that I get to Kirkwood by 8 in general, that early the traffic is almost non existent even on weekends.
2:45 to 3 hours every time.
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I googled the ski bus and I dont think I can do it. If anything went wrong like I got lost and missed it.. omg I would be screwed.
My boss out here is clinically insane. You should have seen what happened to me a few weeks ago when my flight from JFK back to Cali was canceled (been flying home every other weekend.) I get stuck in Tahoe and I am scrubbing her toilets with a toothbrush for real.
I need like...nothing...to go wrong. But otherwise...awesome tip. I'll spread the word.

In case it helps anyone out...
I ended up going with SugarBowl. I just booked a Marriott room in Rocklin just off 80 (that earns me 2 free nights next season! BOOM!) Google tells me its an hour and 17 minutes from the mountain. Previously I had been driving to Reno after work and driving back to Truckee (about 50 mins) so it doesnt add THAT much in the AM. But if I get out at 5:30 I should be in bed by 8 instead of 10 which will make getti v up at 5 easier. End of my day I am heading straight back to South Bay with the rest of the Tahoe traffic! I find though that if I am on first chair I feel ok leaving at 3:30.
So I'll give this line of attack a go. See what happens. I'll post a trip report.
Maybe Easter weekend I'll try Kirkwood.
Not too many more weekends after that. But I'll keep going long as the snow holds up.
Be forewarned about Kirkwood, especially considered Psycho Boss; if it starts snowing heavily, you're spending the night. There are no options, no alternate ways out. You're there until CalTrans gets the pass cleared (which they're usually are pretty good at. That said, it is an awesome mountain!

Sugarbowl is just fine. Some good chutes and steeps if you want 'em, some wide open stuff if you want that, and I don't know what anyone is talking about about it being "run down." I thought it was pretty nice. But then, I'm used to riding places in Vermont like the Mansfield lodge at Stowe, or Burke, etc. We Easties know run-down! Sugarbowl doesn't compare.

Oh, and I also agree that Northstar sucks. Except for the black trails on the backside when it's a powder day. Otherwise, it's just a big shopping mall with a ski slope attached.
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Be forewarned about Kirkwood, especially considered Psycho Boss; if it starts snowing heavily, you're spending the night. There are no options, no alternate ways out. You're there until CalTrans gets the pass cleared (which they're usually are pretty good at. That said, it is an awesome mountain!
Yeah sadly not this season... Another pretty pathetic one snow-wise. Last good one was 10/11
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Yeah sadly not this season... Another pretty pathetic one snow-wise. Last good one was 10/11
Sad to hear. I thought they were doing okay. Good for me, though, as 10/11 was the last time I was there, and it was awesome. I missed most of 11/12 because of foot surgery.
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Sad to hear. I thought they were doing okay. Good for me, though, as 10/11 was the last time I was there, and it was awesome. I missed most of 11/12 because of foot surgery.
We are doing "okay" Saturday was good but still pretty shallow compared to real good seasons. It keeps snowing inches instead of feet. We haven't had a multiple day storm yet this season...it does a foot and then sunny mid 50's for 2 weeks. The sides of the road are clean almost all the way up. Sad.
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We are doing "okay" Saturday was good but still pretty shallow compared to real good seasons. It keeps snowing inches instead of feet. We haven't had a multiple day storm yet this season...it does a foot and then sunny mid 50's for 2 weeks. The sides of the road are clean almost all the way up. Sad.
That's funny...I always find half the rush of riding Tahoe is driving through Emerald Bay or the Carson Pass to Kirkwood. The year we had about 10 feet of snow in the Donner Pass was a trip, too. "Don't honk the car horn!"
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Ohhh damn really? Thats just the pass on 50 going to south Tahoe you need chains on right? Yeah I cant take the risk. She really is craaaaaa-zeee.
I saw all the signs on 80, chain installation area etc. But I just assumed it was toi late in the season for blizzard. It was a little hairy in places but didnt seem like I'd get stuck up there.

I'm looking forward to SugarBowl now! Yeah EastCoast run down is totally different than the Cali version. Cali is all about style I'm finding out. I need to get a sexier car! Lol

Thanks y'all for the help!
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