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Old 03-08-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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I'm driving down to see my father and am trying to do it in the most cost effective way that is safe. My 6 year old will be joining. Can this drive be made without studded tires this time of year? We live in Anchorage and my front wheel jeep cherokee has done fine so far, and this was a rough winter here.


Can this drive be made in 3 nights or is 4 necessary?
Any advice is welcome. I have a GPS, I have mapped out stops, I have food and water and blankets and all medicine packed. I basically packed to cover 48 hours stuck which is a bit much but better safe than sorry. I have family in William's Lake and Prince George. One person stated that I can make it from White Horse to Prince George in a day, but that seems to be pushing it. What do you all think?

Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I'm driving down to see my father and am trying to do it in the most cost effective way that is safe. My 6 year old will be joining. Can this drive be made without studded tires this time of year? We live in Anchorage and my front wheel jeep cherokee has done fine so far, and this was a rough winter here.


Can this drive be made in 3 nights or is 4 necessary?
Any advice is welcome. I have a GPS, I have mapped out stops, I have food and water and blankets and all medicine packed. I basically packed to cover 48 hours stuck which is a bit much but better safe than sorry. I have family in William's Lake and Prince George. One person stated that I can make it from White Horse to Prince George in a day, but that seems to be pushing it. What do you all think?

Thanks in advance!!!

I never use studded tires, but many won't drive without them. I'm thinking four nights would be about right, if you push it a little. I would never try to make it from Whitehorse to PG in one day. Even Chetwynd is way too far to push to in one day.


I didn't know you could even buy a FWD Cherokee. I thought they were all 4WD.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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My best time for the drive was 2 1/2 days, but that was with two drivers switching out and driving around the clock. Our worst time was 5 days, due to weather and mechanical issues. And don't do it without The Bible of North Country Travel - The MILEPOST .
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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Yes it can be done, as I did it back in the 90's with just three nights. However, I traveled in early Fall so weather wasn't an issue. I can't speak for Spring. Back then, there were parts of the highway that were dirt, (probably under construction), not sure of that type of condition today. My trip from Anchorage was stopping at Tok, AK, then Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, then Chetwynd, BC, then Seattle, my trip arrival. All long day tripping for sure.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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2nd this advice! Some places may not be open this early in the year.
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:26 AM
 
Location: SE Alaska
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That's really pushing it, especially with unknown road conditions due to possible low visibility, snow and ice. Studs are not necessary, though may provide more security if you're planning to push your speed on winter roads.

I'd at least check the airfare, as this time of year is slow for airlines and there may be deals. The time and stress saved from not driving has significant worth.
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Travelling with Children – ezbordercrossing.com

Children Traveling without Both Parents

It is strongly recommended that if only one parent is crossing the border with a child under age 18 that they have a Consent Letter from the other parent granting permission to take the child out of the country. It is even more important if the child is traveling with a friend or relative without either parent present.
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Old 03-09-2017, 10:23 AM
 
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No way. This time of year, you're likely to run into freeze-and-melt road conditions, moose are going to be by the sides of the roads because it's been a rough winter and they're looking for forage. This isn't the time of year to be in a hurry. And what Warpt said. My father and niece were stuck at Customs for 10 hours a couple of years back -- get that letter of consent and have it notarized. I'm not sure how useful GPS is in remote locations...I'd toss it out the window and get a copy of the Milepost. Seriously, I'd fly.
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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2nd this advice! Some places may not be open this early in the year.
Gas Stations - Alcan Highway
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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How to Drive to Alaska in the Winter - ExploreNorth
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