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winter driving??

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winter driving??

We're going to keystone Feb2-9th for our 1st ski trip "out west", we rented a condo through sky run and will be staying in River Run( the springs). We like the freedom of having our own transportation, so the plan is to get a rental car, would it be better to get a full size car or an SUV for driving on snowy roads? Do they rent snow tires??We have zero experience with snowy road conditions.

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1. Re: winter driving??

If you're worried about driving on snow, then get the 4x4. A full-size car isn't guarranteed to have AWD or 4x4, and most likely won't. They may have some stability assist stuff, but that won't help if you get stuck. Driving on snow is fairly easy if you remember these three rules:

1) Don't make any sudden changes in acceleration, including turning or speeding up or down.

2) If you do slide, take your foot off the gas if it is, steer the direction you want to go.

3) When you brake, pump the brake and plan to slow down earlier than you normally would.

Also remember that if one side of tires is on snow and the other is on pavement, you're not driving on snow. And if the cleared road where everyone has driven goes over the white line and staying in your lane would take you onto snow, stay on the cleared part and drive over the white line -- it's a lot safer than going on snow.

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2. Re: winter driving??

Something you might consider, as you get closer to the date and have some idea of the weather, is to take a shuttle van to Keystone and rent a car when you get there. It might actually be even cheaper since you may not want the car for your entire stay. Within the resort it's easier to take the shuttle than to find parking sometimes. And you will be very close to the ski area (walking distance).

You can take a shuttle from the airport to the Frisco Transfer station for $34 (last year's rate). Enterprise Rental is right near the transfer station. I'm sure if you ask the driver he/she will drop you there. Or you could go straight to your condo for $60 and then Enterprise will pick you up and take you to your rental when you want the car. It certainly takes away the stress of driving into the mountains on unfamiliar roads when you have just arrived.

The Springs is a great choice. Enjoy your trip!

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3. Re: winter driving??

I'm sorry, I meant to add www.ridecme.com for the Shuttle service. Reserve online for the lower rate to the Frisco Transfer station.

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4. Re: winter driving??

Thanks for the tips.......the shuttle charges are steep for a family of 4 around $480 R/t and then to rent a car for use while in keystone is an add'l cost, I just can't justify it, an suv rents for $383 for the wole week. Parking shouldn't be an issue as they (Sky Run) have an underground parking spot for the condo we rented.

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5. Re: winter driving??

You're absolutely right, if you have a family of 4!

Have a great trip.

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