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Driving to Sunriver for Thanksgiving

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Driving to Sunriver for Thanksgiving

I am exploring the idea of going to Sunriver for Thanksgiving. I don't own a car, so would be using a Zipcar, but am worried how difficult a drive it would be (obviously as a non-car owner I also don't drive much, and have no idea about putting on snow chains). Any experiences or advice anyone can share?

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1. Re: Driving to Sunriver for Thanksgiving

I understand most rental agencies won't allow them because of possible damage to the car, so I guess the first thing you should do is ask if it's okay to put tire chains on a Zipcar. If so, you'd need to buy a set that you're sure will fit. Even then though, if there's snow and/or ice on the road, the drive to Sunriver would be difficult, experienced driver or not. And, there are obviously no guarantees that the weather won't be disagreeable.

I was wondering why Sunriver for Thanksgiving. Unless you're planning to ski or snowshoe, there's not much to do there at that time of year.

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2. Re: Driving to Sunriver for Thanksgiving

To expand on Misteltoe's questions...

Is there any reason you don't want to fly directly to Central Oregon, since it appears you are coming from out of state? There is commercial airline service available to Redmond (RDM) which is about 45min to an hour from Sunriver.

Straight shot, easy drive... but if there's snow and ice just take it easy and enjoy our winter wonderland. ;-)

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3. Re: Driving to Sunriver for Thanksgiving

chains are easy to put on.... after you have practiced several times and if the chains stay on the wheels is another question. All depends on your experience. Chains installation practice helps for a not so frost-bitten experience. Heavy duty gloves are a good thing to have when installing chains in the snow zones. Check the roads at http://tripcheck.com/Pages/CamerasEntry.asp to see what the conditions are. Sunriver would be a very nice place to enjoy Thanksgiving.

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