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Old 02-26-2003, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default First Trip to the Snow... suggestions?

Hey Everyone,
I am going up to Tahoe this weekend and am a TOTAL newbie to the snow. Anything I should watch out for to stay safe in my Suby?

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Old 02-26-2003, 08:04 PM   #2
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imho:

(1) Smooth acceleration. For MT, this is probably more tricky. This is even more important if you try to pass a vehicle ahead of you. Under certain conditions, the snow/slush piled in between the lanes can cause you to spin if the maneuver is not done smooth enough.

(2) Get used to the longer braking distance. If the car doesn't have the ABS disabled, try getting used to the ABS. If the car has a switchable ABS mod, get used to both modes. (when there are no vehicles ahead of you).

(3) Smooth steering wheel input. Similar to #1 above.
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Old 02-26-2003, 08:51 PM   #3
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The worst thing people do when driving in snow is follow to closely. Triple the distance between yourself and the car in front of you. Of course slow down and make sure you tires are at least m+s(stock re92's will work). Don't ever slam on your brake. Take your foot off the accelerator and cover your brake.
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Old 02-26-2003, 09:48 PM   #4
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All of the above is good advice, but I don't think there is snow in the forecast for the weekend is there? They do a pretty good job in Tahoe of keeping the main roads clear.
One thing I have not read yet is to watch out for overpasses. Any portion of road that has air circulating under it like a bridge or elevated off ramp will freeze first.

Have fun!
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Old 02-27-2003, 04:23 AM   #5
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going to the snow. rigggghhhhtttt. And subaru's might beat fords. HA. never believe this guy, i think hes slow. lol j/k and quit postin on Focaljet or im gonna have to keep comin back here.

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Old 02-27-2003, 05:26 AM   #6
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Yeah, if like me you've got some 17"s with dry/wet tires on, put your stock wheels back on before you go. It'll improve your traction by quite a bit.
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Old 02-27-2003, 06:47 PM   #7
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Make sure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid in your reservoir. You might want to buy an extra bottle while you're up there as the stuff that works below freezing is a little harder to find in the Bay Area.
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Old 02-27-2003, 07:00 PM   #8
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Just take it slow. I use to live in the Grass Valley area, so we would see quite a few snow related wrecks. The main stereotype of those that wrecked were Bay Area drivers who had AWD or 4WD and thought they could still go 55mph and instead ended up in a snow bank.

Just drive slow, increase your normal following distance by at lease 2x and try to plan ahead for manuevars. Don't brake hard, especially while turning. Even with ABS and AWD, your wheels can still lock and you can still slide when it's snowy.

Good luck. I might be up in the Tahoe area, too, so if you see an '03 WRX Sedan with "Autowest" dealer plates, say hi
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Old 02-27-2003, 07:54 PM   #9
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I agree with yellowsnow.

I drove through Tahoe several times last year in my WRX and it handles the snow like a champ. You are still in snow though and you should be cautious.

It is easy to get over confident when you are enjoying the beauty of AWD.
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Old 02-28-2003, 01:12 AM   #10
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be cautious but i think the wrx handles the snow pretty well. i was able to speed a lot when i was up there. but know your limits and the car's limits. better safe then sorry.
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Old 02-28-2003, 02:22 PM   #11
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The roads are clear and dry. It's been quite cold, so be wary of ice...AWD doesn't help on ice. Extra washer fluid is a good tip.

Snow's pretty nice right now, we had a light dusting in the valley yesterday, so there's a few inches up topside.

Have fun and be sure to spend lots of money, our local economy can use it
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Old 02-28-2003, 02:29 PM   #12
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I'll be going up to Tahoe (heavenly) tomorrow as well. A one day ski-packed trip where I won't be driving as I'll be sleeping since we're leaving at 5am tomorrow morning. And I know I'll be dead after a day of skiing. If my friend kills us all, it's his fault.
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Old 02-28-2003, 02:49 PM   #13
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Ayapon:
Head over to the Nevada side on Heavenly and if you're an accomplished skier/boarder, do Mott Canyon. I'm too worn out for that anymore but my pals say the snows pretty good there (yesterday).

When you're at the top of the Comet or Dipper chairs, there's a stunning view of both the Lake and our valley. Striaght north in the valley you'll see 3 grain silos right at the edge of the mountain, wave at me there

Have a good time!
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Old 02-28-2003, 02:58 PM   #14
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Head over to the Nevada side on Heavenly and if you're an accomplished skier/boarder, do Mott Canyon.
hahaha, you just brought back my memory of last year's ski trip. my bf and i had gone up a couple of days ahead of the friends so that we could visit my bf's dad who lives in carson city. we get dropped off on the nevada side of heavenly, cuz my bf assured me that there was a green slope to get to the other side. i trusted him, but we end up on a blue with a blizzard in our faces trying to get over the border. i was SO nervous, but i made it across to the California side. that day, i finally switched over to blue slopes (heh).

i don't ski often, maybe once a year, so it's taken me about 3-4 trips for me to feel comfortable on anything above a green. now it'll probably take me another 4-5 years to get to be above a blue skiier. mott canyon will have to wait till then! (but thanks for letting me know. i'll pass on the word to my friends who are better skiiers.)

and i'll wave to you.
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Old 02-28-2003, 03:24 PM   #15
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Ayapon:
I have 65 year-old knees on a 44 year-old body I disconnected both knees a long time ago in the service of our nation.

I stick to Blue slopes too. A good portion of the Nevada side off the Dipper Express and Comet chair service some nice groomed Blues that I think you will enjoy. On the weekends, the Nevada side is much less crowded, so you'll ski more than wait. There's also a decent lodge at the lift point of Comet & Dipper so you can kick back and enjoy a break there. At the top of the Dipper Chair is the connector trail back to the California side.

Another thought for you and your crew. The California base parking area is often really busy & crowded. If you go past the Casinos a minute to the Kingsbury Grade (State Route 207) and go a couple miles up the hill to the Boulder Lodge entrance (on your right) there usually isn't much of a crowd there and you can usually park within a few hundred feet of the chair. The extra 10 minute drive can save you nearly an hour over the California entry. Just a thought.

Be sure to bring facial protection as it's been very cold in the mornings. By mid-day it's not bad, but you can freeze-face pretty quick in the morning.

Have a grand time!
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Old 02-28-2003, 05:50 PM   #16
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going to the snow. rigggghhhhtttt. And subaru's might beat fords. HA. never believe this guy, i think hes slow. lol j/k and quit postin on Focaljet or im gonna have to keep comin back here.

Later Neon

Anthony
Guys don't even waste your time! This is my buddy getting back at me.

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Old 02-28-2003, 07:27 PM   #17
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Guys don't even waste your time! This is my buddy getting back at me.

Rich
He didn't do a very good job.....
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Old 03-03-2003, 01:41 AM   #18
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Didn't do a very good job? Ha! alright you crosseyed neon. Get your kia rio off of the road before i puke. I personaal will go down to subaru HQ and slap them for even thinking of putting WRX's on the road. In fact everything is based on a turbo! Wich means your car is nothing without it, NOTHING! On a seperate note uppipes are a biotch to install! They should of named them the WRS or in dummy terms WRSlow. so do us a favor and drive off a cliff. Because whenever you drive a wrx, god kills a kitten.




(Everything said is strictly for joking purposes only. do not take anything in offense except maybe the neon part. Thanks)
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Old 03-03-2003, 11:59 AM   #19
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Make sure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid in your reservoir. You might want to buy an extra bottle while you're up there as the stuff that works below freezing is a little harder to find in the Bay Area.

I found this out the hard way when I drove to Minneapolis earlier last month. I spend about an hour in a parking lot trying to defrost my lines with a hair dryer. 20 below zero does wonders to throddle response though.
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