Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mountain View, CA
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Yes, officially you are always required to carry chains although they only check when chain control is in effect. If you don't have them at the checkpoint, you will be turned around and, unlike 50/80, there are few places to buy chains late at night on CA-88.
I would highly recommend it as this recent storm was crazy. On the drive up Friday to Kirkwood, I saw at least six cars (including a Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover, and two WRX's) sliding out of control and into the snow banks due to icy/frozen slush on the road (my Subaru nearly drifted sideways into the side of the road as I slow to check if everyone was alright). On Sunday, I left early (out of the resort at 4PM) at was only held up for about 40 mins just past Carson Spur due to another Subaru sliding into a snow bank and got around it (my friends were behind me and said Caltrains closed the road for 2 hours to put sand on it). After that there were two other crashes on 88 before I made it out.
It was crazy this weekend! (great powder... but inbound avalanche injuring two people at Kirkwood).
Last edited by lonerider; 03-19-2012 at 08:04 PM.