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Do I need different tires to go to Whistler Canada?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by erickulcyk, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. erickulcyk

    erickulcyk New Member

    Apr 29, 2015
    Redmond, Washington
    I purchased an 85D in May and have the standard 19" all season tires. Canada has some laws about which tires you need. Do I need something else to go to Whistler?

  2. f-stop

    f-stop Member

    Jul 31, 2015
    Vancouver BC, Canada
    The Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler requires winter tires (snowflake symbol or M+S marking) between Oct 1 - Mar 31, see: Whistler BC Canada | Road Conditions on Highway 99 | Tourism Whistler
  3. Vger

    Vger Active Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
    Yes, legally you need winter tires above Squamish. And yes, most of the time, by common sense and safety, you should have them. I have made the trip many times in both my Roadster, and my Sig P85. I ALWAYS use winter tires, through the whole season.

    You can certainly get lucky and not use them safely, but the weather can change quickly up there, and snow squalls can blow in quickly, leaving the road a treacherous mess. Frankly, that danger is greater now that the speed limit has been raised to 100 km/h above Squamish. While that is great when the road is bare and dry, in bad weather, many people foolishly do not slow down, and become hazards for everyone else.

    People are lulled into false security with AWD. As a former work college of mine and an accomplished track racer used to say, "all cars have four wheel brakes." AWD only helps to climb hills and to maintain stability under acceleration. To stop, slow down, or maintain stability under braking, one needs high traction tires designed to adhere to snow and ice, and to remain pliable at low temperatures.
  4. green1

    green1 Active Member

    Mar 25, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Unfortunately the so called winter tire laws are stupid and don't actually require winter tires, all seasons are still allowed to the detriment of everyone's safety. Winter tires have the snowflake in the mountain symbol, all seasons have M + S and that is also allowed per the law.

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