2011 Honda Odyssey: Ski Trip Part 4
March 24, 2011
Although we drove from Santa Monica to Mammoth Lakes in dry, warm weather, the drive home was a different story. It began snowing an hour after we arrived and Mom Nature continued to dump the white stuff through the entire weekend. When we woke Monday morning conditions were questionable. We starting thinking we weren't going to make it out.
And neither did anyone else. When we were checking out of our hotel, the bellman asked if we had four-wheel drive, snow tires and chains. When I told him no, no and no, he basically said we were screwed. "When you get stuck," he said, "walk on back and we'll find you another room for the night."
Wimps. We were fine. The Odyssey got us through without a moment's drama. In fact, we were going around guys with chains like they were standing still. Now, I will admit that the drive from our hotel to the entrance of Route 395 is flat or down hill. Uphill in these conditions may have been another story. Especially if you need to come to a complete stop. And it's only a 15-20 minute drive. Once you reach 395, the elevation has changed enough that the road is more black than white.
I'll also admit to keeping my speed down. In fact, I drove these snow-covered roads with the Honda's shifter pulled down into the L position. Okay, I'll also admit that when I parked in front of that post office sign to take the photo above, I mistakenly parked on a slight incline, and for a few seconds we were stuck. Luckily, the Odyssey's 18-inch Michelins and its traction control system supplied just enough grip to get us moving. My wife was not amused.
Required? Give me a break.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief