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Old 11-28-2006   #1
 
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Hi its me again, this is the story, my mom is freaking out since she has been following the weather and she said we need to get chain for the tires no matter what, The place that rent the car foes not have them to rent, my question is where can I rent them, or if I buy how much am I looking at? I was thinking maybe in a auto discount buy them and return them after the end of the trip, I renting the car cheap at this place so I don't want to change rental place.

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Old 11-28-2006   #2
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I would go with cables instead of chains, lighter and just as good a grip on roads.
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Old 11-28-2006   #3
 
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Are you renting a 4x4 and/or all wheel drive? IF so, no need for chains man.. All they will do is piss you off.
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Old 11-28-2006   #4
 
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You will probably never make it to the mountains. 75% of skiers arriving in colorado are eaten by abominable snowmen on the way up to the mountains. Your best options are:

-Rent a snowcat or a helicopter, not a car or truck, its the only reliable way to get up to the mountains.
-Have 6 huge water jugs with IV's hooked up to yourself at all times to make sure you stay hydrated. Water flows out of your body faster than you can drink it up here.
-Start taking your altitude sickness medicine every 30 minutes upon arrival. You are living on the edge. 9 out of 10 colorado residents die of high altitude sickness every year.
-Have mommy pack extra band-aids in case you hurt yourself.
-Have a personal avalanche beacon and a gps signal attached to yourself at all times so mom can monitor your location and have milk and cookies dropped off to your current location at snack time.
-Dont forget the tranquillizer gun for the abominable snowmen! You'll have to buy one in Denver since they won't let you on the plane with it.

You do realize that you are flying to colorado to go skiing, not mount everest? Perhaps your mom watches the weather channel too much, and doesn't realize that every gust of wind is not a winter storm Jim Cantore death storm. In case word hasn't made it out to your mom, they invented this thing called a snowplow. They use it on the highways that are paved all the way up to the resorts. Amazing!
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Old 11-28-2006   #5
 
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As GA said, if you are renting a 4x4 there is no need for chains. And in all honesty, there really isn't any need for chains period. All the rental cars will be front-wheel drive and will have good all-weather tires on them. The interstates will be plowed, salted, gravelled, and plowed again.

I used to work at a rental car shop at DIA and would rent thousands of cars to out-of-towners heading up to the mountains in the winter. Almost never were there any problems with the roads, and not once did any of them need chains. Really the only vehicles that need chains are the semi's.

If you really want them though I'm sure could get some at Walmart (if you dare) for super cheap.

Enjoy your trip to CO!
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Don't forget a shovel to dig your car out of the 12 feet of snow. Also, once you reach the mountains, I would highly recommend renting a team of sled dogs or you will never make it to the grocery store. And for purely survival purposes, it is essential to carry at least two kegs with you at all times. From the back page of the Summit Daily a while ago:

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A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it.

Rescue teams found Richard Kral drunk and staggering along a mountain path four days after his Audi car was buried in the Slovak Tatra mountains.

He told them that after the avalanche, he had opened his car window and tried to dig his way out.

But as he dug with his hands, he realised the snow would fill his car before he managed to break through.

He had 60 half-litre bottles of beer in his car as he was going on holiday, and after cracking one open to think about the problem he realised he could urinate on the snow to melt it, local media reported.

He said: "I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it. It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But I'm glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there."

Parts of Europe have this week been hit by the heaviest snowfalls since 1941, with some places registering more than ten feet of snow in 24 hours.
In all honesty, in my last 18 years in Summit County, I think we've only put chains on but once or twice. I really don't think you'll need them. You can get them cheap at any WalMart or BigO.

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deepsouthpaddler: Dude that is too good!
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deepsouthpaddler: Dude that is too good!
yeah deepsouthpaddler thats really good I agree, dont worry I have already done half of the things and Ill do the rest, O shit I have to go, momy is here, bed time, sorry I have to go she has to tug me in the bed.
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Shoulda seen all the front wheel drive cars stuck on the way up to Eisenhower from Denver when that last storm came through. It was too funny. They were in the middle of the road just spinning away.

But, to their defense, there was about 8 inches of freshy on the highway. My bro's Audi made it just fine though.
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Yeah, a good a car (and a decent driver) will make a huge difference. Man I love my suby. I've driven it through 4' for freshies and shuttled 16 (yes, 16) boats with it. That car is the shit!. I don't know if I'll ever be able to get rid of it.

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