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  1. #51
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    When you say chain will be required for everyone, do you mean that they will actually be stopping every car and checking, or just that the signs will say they are required?

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    They will stop every car and check.Be ready for a hour wait in chain control line if you get up after 8:30

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    What if I get up there at, say, 7am? Do they still usually check that early? I am trying to avoid buying chains if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davieboot View Post
    What if I get up there at, say, 7am? Do they still usually check that early? I am trying to avoid buying chains if possible.
    if it snows at all tonight, and if it's anything like it was this morning, you might want the chains...unless you want a hefty body shop bill. you may need them to maneuver around other hooligans sliding back at you if nothing else. today is the first time i've ever put chains on my car, and my car has made hundreds of trips up and down little cottonwood canyon without them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arctic_grayling View Post
    if it snows at all tonight, and if it's anything like it was this morning, you might want the chains...unless you want a hefty body shop bill. you may need them to maneuver around other hooligans sliding back at you if nothing else.
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    4x4 doesn't really help you stop...
    getting down will also be a cluster fuck.

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    Yeah, I understand the importance of chains. I grew up in the Sierra, and have lived in Tahoe for years. I also know that I have to watch out for other people. But, I don't mind getting up early and staying late if it means I can skip buying chains for a truck that I'm selling in a couple weeks. So, I am just wondering if they are out there checking early in the morning.

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    And, I am wondering where I could buy chains early in the morning on my way up from San Diego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davieboot View Post
    What if I get up there at, say, 7am? Do they still usually check that early? I am trying to avoid buying chains if possible.
    Not a good plan, you might get there but I've seen the CHP force people to leave their cars the ski area parking lot until the chain restriction is lifted. That means you'd have to hitch a ride home, or have someone you know with chains drive up and get you, or bring you chains.

    Anyhow, the upper section of the road to baldy is steep, narrow, and super icy in places. I almost lost my ass going UPHILL there last year, in a heavy 4WD SUV that's great in snow. And I'm from Minnesota, so I've driven in snow once or twice.

    Just buy chains and use them, you can always sell them on Craigslist later. Just don't be "that guy" who crashes and holds everybody else up for an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arctic_grayling View Post
    you may need them to maneuver around other hooligans sliding back at you if nothing else.
    Yeah, that would have been me coming into Manker Flats last year. Ice was so perfect you couldn't even stand next to the truck. Almost hit the guy behind me when the car in front of me stopped and I started sliding backwards with absolutely no control, even with 4WD, a 5,000 lb truck and well-siped snow tires.

    Anybody have a feel for how quickly Caltrans plows Mount Pinos to the top? ALL of Baldy's "virtual pass" reservations are filled for Sat/Sun and it'll be a cluster-F anyway, so I may head for areas less traveled to earn some turns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1000-oaks View Post
    And I'm from Minnesota, so I've driven in snow once or twice.
    Driving in the snow in Minnesota is nothing like driving in the snow in the mountains.


    Quote Originally Posted by 1000-oaks View Post
    Just don't be "that guy" who crashes and holds everybody else up for an hour.
    I am not looking for a judgement, I am just looking for information. I'm not an idiot, and I have plenty of snow driving experienc(in the mountains... grew up doing it driving 60 miles a day to school... and did it for a living for several years).

    With that said, where can I get chains early in the morning before heading up?

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    sent you a pm about tomorrow.
    and for buying chains, I would run to Sears tonight...not sure of anyplace early am. although I would think there is a tire shop along mountain ave or baseline rd that might open around 7?

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    CHP checking chains and snow tires. LMAO! I had to go to Lake Arrowhead for family business last Feb. I was born and raised in Idaho and have lived in Utah the last 20 years. I have driven in the snow a little. I drive a '05 Toyota Tundra TRD with brand new(then) BFG-ATs. I pull up to the chain check point and the CHP officer asks me if my car is 4x4. I bite my tongue and tell him yes. I guess CHP officers can't tell if a vehicle is 4x4 or not just by looking at it. Then he ask me if it has snow tires. Once again I bite my tongue and tell him yes. Once again, I guess CHP officers don't know what snow tires look like. He waves me through, I go up the road about 2 miles and there is some jackass in a 4x4 Denali with African Americaned out low profile street tires sideways in the road all 4 tires spinning and he is going nowhere. He straightens out just enough for me to punch it and shoot the gap, honking my horn as I flew by. The look on that dumb-asses face was priceless. I guarantee you that, that CHP officer asked that dude if he had snow tires and he told him yes and the CHP officer just waved him through. So you might not need to buy chains, when the CHP officer ask if you have chains on, just say yes.

    Tele58, bring those poor dogs in the house, they look like they're freezing.

    You guys have fun tomorrow and be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davieboot View Post
    Driving in the snow in Minnesota is nothing like driving in the snow in the mountains.
    You're right, it's easier in the mountains, at least in the Sierras. The midwest gets a lot of ice that never melts until spring and it gets really polished by tires.

    But I do apologize, you are right, I don't know you. Once you experience the amazing masses of complete idiots and snowplayers trying to drive in the snow in Socal (and you find yourself sitting in gridlock for nine hours trying to drive home from Big Bear, which should be a two hour drive), you'll understand my quick jump to recommending chains.

    Imagine yourself on what should be a highway, with so many cars parked on both sides of the road (stuck, playing in the snow, BBQing or putting chains on the non-drive tires) that there's only one lane for traffic. With no one directing traffic. You move ahead two car lengths, then try to find room to pull over so a few cars coming your way can squeeze by. Then you move one car length and repeat. Repeat over and over again, for hours just to move 15 miles. Welcome to Socal on the first sunny day after low elevation snowfall...

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    I was referring to the gravity that works against you. But I will give it to you, things in California do dry out quickly. But it is a bummer than if you slide off the road, you might be sliding off a cliff rather than into a field (or a lake, which is probably worse).

    I am going to be very careful, get there early to try to avoid the crowds, and find someway to get chains on the way (or wait until some place opens).

    See you out there.

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    Pep Boys usually has a good selection if they aren't sold out already and would be your best bet for truck sizes. You could hit Wal-Mart tonight if you have a common size, or maybe Kragen/Checker. Sport Chalet usually has a small inventory of chains/cables, but they close at 9pm.

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    FWIW, manditory chains on ALL vehicles today in my neck of the woods, 330, 18, and 38. The arctic circle has been closed all day as was 38. Big Bear may not see much action this weekend. Believe me when they have chain control for all vehicles 4x4 included you will not pass go....this I know.

    thb, thanks for the concern about the pups. They got out this morning and rolled and played in the fluffy goodness "helping" me shovel. They have a double house that is well insulated and do get to spend a good deal of time indoors courtesy of my softy bride.

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    leaving at 5:30 am tomorrow
    AWD + Chains

    Be safe everybody...

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    What a beautiful day.
    San Gabriels......Looking forward to some local T.R.`s

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    Damn, beautiful.

    Anybody know how quickly they plow the Mt Pinos road?

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    idea

    with the clusterfuck at the local ski areas this weekend, i'm contemplating a more ambitious but less crowded idea for tomorrow. i'm thinking about hiking from pasadena to the top of one of the local mountains to get some turns in. i'm not expecting great snow...it's more one of those "do it so you can say you did it" things. i know of some relatively un-rocky chutes on the north side of a local peak within hiking distance. what do you guys think, will there be enough snow for such shenanigans between 5k and 5.5k feet tomorrow?

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    Doubt it, pretty rocky up there.

    Just talked to the Mt Pinos ranger station, they said the road won't be open until mid-week. Guy said 8 feet of snow, but I think he's exaggerating a bit. Maybe four. So it would be a loooong slog on skins.

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    Probably late next week at best . You could always lap "Signature Bowl" I'm thinking of going up Thursday.
    I got my Vans on but they look like sneakers.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Tim View Post
    Probably late next week at best . You could always lap "Signature Bowl" I'm thinking of going up Thursday.
    Well that sounds like a great plan! I`m in.................

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    baldy was really really good today. They actually opened chair 1,2,3 almost on time, had ropes up for lines, enough employees, etc...most organized I have ever seen them. Didn't get crowded until ~1230 and then it was really bad, but I lapped chair 1. Have some photos of the crowds, but no action because was skiing solo.

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    I am really happy with what they are doing this year.New blood in the management makes a ton of difference.

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