Calgary to Vancouver roadtrip

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    Feb 02, 2012 5:47 AM GMT
    So I'm heading from Calgary to Vancouver, via Rogers ass. Has anyone gone through there recently? Anyone taken it often enough to know the conditions or what to expect? Ive taken the trip in summer and it was fine, just wondering how winter conditions might affect things. And also, in the spirit of environmentalism, or so I tell myself because I drive a V8 truck, anyone need a lift? Leaving Feb. 11th, coming back the 19th. Room for 4 people.
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    Feb 02, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    Nope, summers only for me as well.. you may require snow tires and/or chains. I think they check.

    Here's a cam link... look at that snow near golden
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    Feb 02, 2012 8:46 AM GMT
    Hmm, Rogers Pass seems to have the worst of it. Lots of stopped semis it looks like. Im in a 4x4 pickup with good tires so I should be fine that way, just have to take it easy and try and get to Hope before dark.
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    Feb 02, 2012 10:07 PM GMT
    they still may ask you for chains.... carry a set... i used to carry an old set, and when they asked, i had them. Doesnt matter if they work, at least you have them. Expect 'winter' driving conditions... have fun..
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    Feb 02, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    No way I'd go without real snow tires on the truck. All Seasons are iffy and don't count as snow tires if they have a checkpoint set up you won't get past it I don't think. Especially in a pickup truck since they have no weight on the rear drive wheels, they're the first vehicles to go sliding off the road when they hit a bit of ice. Seen it a lot of times when I lived outside of Calgary. I felt safer driving my Camry on snow and ice than our Ram 1500 4wd.
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    Feb 03, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    Ill look into a set of chains, I have aggressive all season all terrains on the truck. Theyve done me well so far, even in -40 they maintain traction, but the chains wouldnt be a bad idea. The roads look in reasonable shape right now, but I'm not leaving for a week so that could easily change.
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    Feb 03, 2012 7:52 AM GMT
    yeah, ive got a whole kit, and tow straps, and -100 rated boots, coveralls, gloves, touque, booster cables, flat repair kits, engine coolant, etc. I travel prepared in winter lol. Its showing a warming trend for the next week so Im hoping that holds.
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    Feb 04, 2012 8:01 AM GMT
    Grrr its next to impossible to find chains in the right size for my truck. I have found them but they are in the US and extremely expensive, and wont arrive in time. Ive been told by people who regularly travel the route that they dont check you for chains or tires if your not a commerical vehicle. You can get a fine if they pull you over for another reason and then they check, but they wont arbitrarily detain you to see if u have chains or tires. Coupled with the fact that snow tires would be prohibitively expensive, if I could find the right size even, and I may have to chance it. The forecast is positive temps for the next week so it might not be a big deal at all. Have to wait and see I guess.
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    Feb 11, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    done it many times all kinds of weather.
    front wheel drive mazda in real shitty snow, and waltzed through it.
    never bothered with chains.
    usually it is well plowed, and sanded etc.
    just get out there and do the drive, it will be more than likely FINE.
    the odd time there is an avalanche that they close the road for (duh) while they clean things up, but i never give it a thought.
    one of my favourite drives in canada, other than the banff-jasper parkway, which is as close to Valhalla as you'll get on this planet......
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    Feb 11, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    Canuckistan is almost as big as Texas!
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    Feb 11, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    Haaretz saidCanuckistan is almost as big as Texas!

    When are you coming?


    June and October.
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    Feb 14, 2012 7:21 AM GMT
    Well I made it, it was fine. Just past Revelstoke there was a large dump of snow that they were still clearing, but def didnt need chains. Other then that it was a fine, fun drive.
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    Feb 26, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    i figured you wouldn't have any troubles. just came through there today, lots of new snow, roads abit mushy, needed a gallon of windshield washer fluid, but no real problems. the road has far more of a bad reputation than it deserves. hope your trip back home is equally well.
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    Feb 26, 2012 5:56 AM GMT
    Trip back home was alright, terrible weather, rain and snow and rain/snow the whole way back. Got through right before an avalanche closed the road for a couple days, but giving the rain and near positive temps, its no surprise that all that snow got undermined and came down. The roads weren't cleared very well, so it made for slower going, and some added stress, but was still an enjoyable and scenic drive.
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    Feb 26, 2012 7:46 AM GMT
    RoughriderTitan11 saidSo I'm heading from Calgary to Vancouver, via Rogers ass. Has anyone gone through there recently? Anyone taken it often enough to know the conditions or what to expect? Ive taken the trip in summer and it was fine, just wondering how winter conditions might affect things. And also, in the spirit of environmentalism, or so I tell myself because I drive a V8 truck, anyone need a lift? Leaving Feb. 11th, coming back the 19th. Room for 4 people.


    How slippery was "rogers ass" ?
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    Feb 26, 2012 7:54 AM GMT
    I've gotten in a few like that. Big problem was trying to find the freaking road.

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