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Old 02-18-2011, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Leaving from FL to California to catch this storm.

Hey my self and two friends are jumping at the chance for some great powder by flying out to San Francisco and hitting up Kirkwood. We fly in tuesday and have a 4x4 rental to try to make it there. Does anyone know if we will need snowchains to drive there?
Pretty pumped about this trip.

The storm is supposed to end over the next couple of days and then more snow tuesday-sat which is the duration of our outting.

This is only my 3rd time snowboarding - both of them have been riding for 10-15 years
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Old 02-19-2011, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Possibly ,they got over 5' of snow.
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Kirkwood is saying they have had 12+ feet over the last 7 days. Its supposed to let up sunday/monday.. so im hoping we can get in there without having to get chains.
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Kirkwood is saying they have had 12+ feet over the last 7 days. Its supposed to let up sunday/monday.. so im hoping we can get in there without having to get chains.
Wtf, I never knew west coast was that amazing. 12ft of snow here = 3 years combined lol=/
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Haven't been up to kirkwood but Ive gone to some of the closer resorts to me and the snow has been incredible. The only problem is the roads have been shittttt. drive very cautiously
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bring an extra long snorkle
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You should be okay without chains as long as you have a 4x4 with snow tires. Depending on which way you go, 88 often gets closed due to avalanche warnings, so you would need to take 50 up and around South Lake and down 88. Be careful, drive as slow as you need to. 88 is a bit of a twisty road.
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I don't know about Kirkwood but we got hit by a BIG storm last weekend here down south at Big Bear. We were riding during the storm which made it AWESOME but we paid for it on the drive back. It was coming down so hard that cars were spinning out left and right on the mt. roads. At one point we had to pull over because it got to the point where you couldn't see 10 feet ahead of you.

I think 4x4 with snow tires will be OK but I don't think it will be that bad. Have fun.
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You should be okay without chains as long as you have a 4x4 with snow tires. Depending on which way you go, 88 often gets closed due to avalanche warnings, so you would need to take 50 up and around South Lake and down 88. Be careful, drive as slow as you need to. 88 is a bit of a twisty road.
You've only been riding three times and you're going to KIRKWOOD?! Good for you, dude! If you survive the drive without a panic attack (the roads are a little different than those in FL -- take it from a Cocoa Beach native), you'll then have to decide where you're gonna ride on Kirkwood. It's very spread out, with some serious terrain. Even if you stayed on the greens (some of the best I've ever seen, weaving through trees, places to drop off into gullies and ravines), you'd be stoked. But hit up everything you can. Kirkwood is so insane, you'll wanna go up to the top...even if you wet yourself a little on the way.

And skip the chains, especially if you have a rental. Rental companies don't allow them. If you've rented a winterized 4x4, which I'm assuming you did, it will have good tires (IOW, they pass CalTrans inspection) and you'll be fine as long as you drive cautiously. Your hands might hurt when you arrive at Kirkwood, though...from the white-knuckle death-grip you've had on the steering wheel for the entire ride up there. Have fun!

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Just got back and the entire trip was amazing. First we went to Kirkwood and i didnt even get a chance to ride a green. The two guys i went with right away took me to the blues that turned into the terrain park so i got to ride that twice and was just following them doing ok. Then they were rushing me to follow them onto another lift i was expecting another blue but they take me to a double black and i just fell all the way down. After that i stuck mostly to the blues untill i got more confidence hit some other blacks once or twice and even went off a double black face through the trees that was pretty awsome. The trails were immense compared to out east. The first day was blue bird with some nice fluff off trail.
Second day we went to Alpine meadows and it snowed the entire day.. they had half the mountain shut down but still got to ride blues all day in perfect white fresh about 8 inches.. by the end of the day it was so awsome riding fresh tracks every time you came down. Not a lot of people out there to compete for room. I have never jumped anything but because but of the pow i came down hill as fast a possible and took a hard toe side turn into a bank and just jumped as high as possible trying to spin.. I was high in the air but came down in big cushin of pow.. i crashed hard but it didnt hurt at all.
Third day it was snowing hard Heavenly was completely shut down so we went to Sierra @ tahoe and most of the mountain was shut down.. The pow was waste deep in some spots so if you got stuck it was a bitch to dig your self out.. We got to ride only till 11:00 Am before the shut the entire mountain down. Since it was our last day we said F it and hiked up the mountain. We hiked for like 45 ins and were so tired kept going till we got to the top of this blue lift.. Smoked a bowl and then carved deep stuff all the way back down.. It was amazing. Im going back to Mammoth at the end of March and cannot wait.. loved it and get a lot better, had only ridden greens @ snowshoe before this trip.
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