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Old 12-07-2012, 09:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:08 PM   #14 (permalink)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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