Fresh snow promises endless fun on the mountain but it can also cause travel issues for those unaccustomed with driving in the snow. To ensure a safe arrival to The Ridge Tahoe, heed our following recommendations to successfully navigate treks over mountain passes.
A beautiful winter landscape should be approached with caution when driving. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort
Before You Go:
- Check road conditions before leaving for a destination. The latest road conditions are available for California with Caltrans online and for Nevada on the Nevada Department of Transportation Up to date information is also available at (800) 427-7623 for California and Western Nevada (Lake Tahoe/Reno Area).
- Plan for additional travel time. Traffic moves slower during bad weather.
- Prepare your car by stocking it with emergency materials for a winter trip: blanket, booster cables, bottled water and non-perishable foods, first aid kit, maps, shovels, flares, spare tire, a bag of sand (aids in traction), extra windshield fluid, snowbrush/scraper, and old boots, as well as clothes.
- Carry chains even if the vehicle has 4-wheel drive.
- The gas tank should always be above halfway full when traveling in winter conditions. There is a possibility that traffic may be backed up due to weather conditions or accidents. A nearly full tank ensures the vehicle will not run out of gas while waiting.
On Your Way:
- Drive slowly and avoid braking. Braking on ice and on slick roads can cause brakes to lock, thus causing the car to drift out of the driver’s control. If the car does begin to slide, the best recommendation is to let off of the brakes. Turn the wheels in the same direction the rear of the car is sliding.
- Keep the distance between cars in case of sliding or sudden stops.
- Always put on chains in designated areas.
- Exercise caution at intersections and take time crossing streets, as well taking turns.
- If a drive feels uncomfortable due to the current weather conditions, take a break. When traveling from the Bay Area, El Dorado and Amador Counties offer a variety of wineries, restaurants and sites that
The Ridge Tahoe offers car free options for visitors.
Go Car Free:
There is also the option to go carless when visiting The Ridge Tahoe. Guests visiting from out of town will find easy transportation from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on South Tahoe Airporter. In addition to a resort shuttle that may be requested by contacting the concierge at 6200, bus transportation is available for guests that would prefer to go car free when on vacation. The BlueGo Casino Shuttle is complimentary and drops off at the Heavenly Villages and Casino Corridor. Find the full schedule on page four of The Ridge Guide.