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winter driving to the top of Beech Mt

Danbury, CT
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winter driving to the top of Beech Mt

We're renting a car to drive up the mountain for a ski weekend over New Year's. Is is necessary to have a 4-wheel drive vehicle? Are chains necessary if not 4-wheel drive? The road looks to be very curvy to say the least. How much trouble would one expect driving it in late December. Thanks for your help.

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Georgia
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for Atlanta, Savannah
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1. Re: winter driving to the top of Beech Mt

It's curvy but is fine with regular tires - unless there's a snow or ice storm. Which is not common in December, but can definitely happen. If temps have been warm, the snow won't stick to the roads. If it's ice, all bets are off.

Marietta, Georgia
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2. Re: winter driving to the top of Beech Mt

Unless it is actively snowing, the road should be fine. They are very good at keeping it clear. Try to arrive before dark. The sun does wonders in melting anything on the road. The road is steep and winding, but really no problem.

Are you staying on the mountain, or just coming for the day? If staying and there is snow, the difficulty will be negotiating the small neighborhood roads (many unpaved) to your rental house or possibly even the house driveway. I've seen people stuck in their driveway (many are steep) unable to get out.

Bottom line is 4 wheel drive would be great (if there is snow) but not a necessity.

Jonas Ridge, North...
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3. Re: winter driving to the top of Beech Mt

It's steep and windy alright...we always have an AWD but I avoid it in bad weather.

I know they realize that ski and general tourism is their "bread and butter" but the State DOT is USUALLY the one that scrapes around here.

Danbury, CT
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4. Re: winter driving to the top of Beech Mt

Thanks to all for your replies---still not sure if rental agencies even offer AWD or 4-wheel vehicles. We are staying at a rental home "on the golf course"--don't know if road is paved, but assume it is. We're Floridians now, so snow is history with us, thankfully. Had way too much of that in CT and New York state!

Tennessee
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for Chattanooga, Blowing Rock, North Carolina Mountains
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5. Re: winter driving to the top of Beech Mt

It is always wise in the winter, to have a 4 WD up here. You can check with www.RaysWeather.com and see how the weather is doing. If it is a mild period, you change your rental, is $$ is a factor.

Danbury, CT
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6. Re: winter driving to the top of Beech Mt

Thank you for the weather link--it is fascinating to look at the snow/temperature archives for Beech Mt. Looks like we'll be lucky to have cold enough weather for good skiing based on past (warmish) Decembers

Tennessee
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for Chattanooga, Blowing Rock, North Carolina Mountains
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7. Re: winter driving to the top of Beech Mt

It changes here very quickly.

Very pretty at holiday time. You will like the change and festive atmosphere.

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