2011 Honda Odyssey: Ski Trip Part 1
March 22, 2011
On Friday I announced that I would be taking our long-term 2011 Honda Odyssey on its first real road trip, a 600 miles ski trip to Mammoth Lakes, CA.
Immediately one of you called foul. Carguy22 commented, "Um, I thought we voted on this? I don't remember the Odyssey winning. Were we vetoed Scott? Haha."
Well, the answer is yes, I did veto the winning vehicle, which was the 2011 Acura TSX Wagon, but for a very good reason: Our luggage didn't fit in the Acura.
The skis were the problem. They were just too long for the Acura's cargo area.
At first the plan was to rent the skis up in Mammoth. If we stuck to that plan the TSX Wagon would have been large enough. But at the last moment we decided to rent the skis near home and drive them up to Mammoth along with all of our other stuff and of course the four members of the Oldham family.
Suddenly the Acura was too small, and I wasn't strapping anything to the roof. So I switched to the Odyssey, which has about 500 times more cargo and people space. (Honestly I wanted to take the Raptor, but the missus wasn't into our luggage riding alfresco.)
Once we made the switch to the minivan, packing the car was simply an exercise in throwing everything in. Literally.
And the Odyssey proved to be ideal for the trip.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 1,999 miles