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12-07-2012 03:40 PM
Cane700 I am praying and hoping for lots of powder the next day. If it snows on the way up, I'll be happy but I probably wouldn't get to mountain till 4am LOL.
12-07-2012 02:15 PM
Lamps
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Originally Posted by schmitty34 View Post
This.

Typically you won't get too much ice or snow on the drive up because the elevation of the ski area is WAY higher than most of your drive. If you are getting serious winter conditions on the drive up, you should thank your lucky stars because you will have some awesome conditions on the mountain.

I've driven/been driven to Whistler maybe 10 times and only remember serious snow on the road once.
Yes, the worst the ride up the better the riding on the hill.
12-07-2012 02:08 PM
schmitty34
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Originally Posted by deepcove View Post
In 20 plus years of driving from Vancouver to Whistler only twice would I have considered it a treacherous drive. It can be if a big storm is coming though and the temp drops. Driving with common sense will get you there no problem, especially with an SUV. The best thing about driving up late night is minimum traffic, unfortunately you will miss out on some beautiful views of Howe Sound.

Enjoy Whistler!!

This.

Typically you won't get too much ice or snow on the drive up because the elevation of the ski area is WAY higher than most of your drive. If you are getting serious winter conditions on the drive up, you should thank your lucky stars because you will have some awesome conditions on the mountain.

I've driven/been driven to Whistler maybe 10 times and only remember serious snow on the road once.
12-07-2012 01:47 PM
Cane700
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Originally Posted by Lamps View Post
Dude's from chigago, he knows shitty weather. But you're right, a little cation is still warranted.
LOL. That's a point of pride for me.
12-07-2012 01:45 PM
Cane700 Awesome. Thanks for all the responses.

Cool. So consensus is generally safe but be cautious. I would guess its mostly uphill on the approach. On the way back I'll have a lot more time to work my way down.

Do the rental ops at the airport put snow tires on their cars?

So stoked about this trip. This is one of my bucket list destinations. I was looking at the trail map and I've got lots of questions.
12-07-2012 10:53 AM
61ragtop try to get snowies on your rental suv though, it will help if it is bad and is also law on mountain hwy's here.
12-07-2012 10:10 AM
deepcove
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A bunch of stars aligned for me this year and I'm headed to Whistler this January. My flight is getting in late (about 11:15PM) and it looks like there are no shuttles running to whistler at that hour. I'm supposed to meet up witt some friends that morning so I've reserved an SUV and I'm going drive up to Whistler that night. I am wondering what the drive is like. I am from Chicago so driving in snow is not a problem. I am comfortable driving in the mountains as well. What I am not sure about is driving in the snow, in the mountains. Is this a treacherous drive? ..or is it a wide cushy plowed highway?

Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated.
In 20 plus years of driving from Vancouver to Whistler only twice would I have considered it a treacherous drive. It can be if a big storm is coming though and the temp drops. Driving with common sense will get you there no problem, especially with an SUV. The best thing about driving up late night is minimum traffic, unfortunately you will miss out on some beautiful views of Howe Sound.

Enjoy Whistler!!
12-06-2012 10:56 PM
jml22 There arent hills/mountains in chicago i though? lol
Ice on flat and straight is different than hilly and windy
12-06-2012 10:15 PM
grafta
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Dude's from chigago, he knows shitty weather. But you're right, a little cation is still warranted.
Haha yeah, I nearly wrote the same thing as you man, then remembered that one nasty icy day. Now I sound like someones mom
12-06-2012 10:08 PM
Lamps
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I wouldn't go that far. Ice would be the biggest worry. Take it easy and see if you can get a vehicle with proper snow/winter tires.

Saw an SUV last season that had gone off the road on ice. It was about 1/3 the length it used to be. Not nice. Early morning black ice.

It's a very nice new, wide road but people get lulled into a false sense of security and drive it like a race track
Dude's from chigago, he knows shitty weather. But you're right, a little cation is still warranted.
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