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Old 03-21-2018, 03:13 PM
 
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Hello all, I am moving to Alaska on April 2 from NC. The roads look pretty clear on DriveBC until I get to Dawson Creek from there is gets crazy. I have some experience driving in the snow, but I am still from the South. I have to drive because of my dog and I have to leave April 2 at the earliest. I have read all about gas and lodging and buying the mile post, but my main concern is the road conditions.

My car is a a RWD V8 sedan. I have put all weather tires on the back and am buying chains. Do I need a block heater at this point in the year. Are the road conditions starting to clear up. Anything that I should worry about that I am not thinking of. Should I put on chains when going up or down a mountain or just just drive slow?

Thanks ahead!
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Old 03-21-2018, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Health and rabies certificate for the dog, not more than 30 days old!
There is an old saying "He who hesitates is lost" do not go to slow when going up the hill.
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Old 03-21-2018, 06:59 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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OP, what takes you to Skagway? Just curious. It's a beautiful town, if you don't mind the cruise ships.
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:37 PM
 
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OP, what takes you to Skagway? Just curious. It's a beautiful town, if you don't mind the cruise ships.
Hundreds of seasonal tourism jobs. Awesome way to have an Alaskan adventure and get paid for it.
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Alexander Archipelago
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OP, what takes you to Skagway? Just curious. It's a beautiful town, if you don't mind the cruise ships.
I'm curious too. April is a bit early for your common job in tourism.
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Old 03-22-2018, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I'm curious too. April is a bit early for your common job in tourism.
Not really... the first ships hit Southeast in early May. You need time to train and get things ready. When I drove motorcoach for Holland America out of Anchorage we'd start training in March.
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Deltana, AK
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The roads are usually in pretty good shape by early April. There'll still be plenty of snow on the ground until later in the month, but the sun's getting stronger and the spring is our clearest, least stormy time of year (usually...) Driving to Fairbanks today was almost bare and dry, way better than a week ago, and that was way better than a week before that. Just look out for black ice patches that form when snow melts onto the road during the day, then freezes at night. If a snow storm does come through, wait it out. The roads clear up quick this time of year.

Also, it shouldn't be cold enough to need a block heater. You might see night time lows around zero F in the Yukon, but it warms up fast during the day. Skagway should be quite a bit warmer.
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Old 03-23-2018, 11:47 AM
 
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We (my son and I) drove to Haines about 3 years ago from California in early April. The road conditions were pretty good, but we ran into a storm near the Alaska border, I thought we were going to get snowed in our last day of the journey. Then the snow plows appeared and cleared the way, about a half hour later we came upon dry black pavement, the sun was warm and shining on a beautiful day. The weather can change in an instance. Bring a portable stove like a "Jetboil", freeze dried meals, cup of noodles etc., water blankets, sleeping bag and maybe a heater (like "Mr. Buddy") incase you get stuck. Don't plan on using your phone unless you change your plan to international, also there is plenty of stretches of road where you don't get cell service. We just used the wifi at Tim Hortons, McDonalds and Starbucks to check weather and internet. I've heard you can use an iphone to make a call on the internet so you don't get charged data usage, but I don't know how to do that. Your credit card companies want to extort you just like the phone companies for being in Canada so use cash for most purchases. You can buy Canadian gift cards(like Visa) to use, but most places in Canada take US dollars, learn the exchange rate, the fast food chains give the correct change (exchange rate) but most of the gas stations won't. Fill up your gas tank all the time, but there is a lot of gas stations along the way, but just play it safe. Bring your papers for your dog to get into Canada. They will ask you about 10 times if you have any guns with you too. Also if you have got a DUI/DWI on your record from 10 years ago, they won't let you in either. All this info is from 3 years ago for what is worth. Have a safe trip. P.S. bring a camera and good rain gear.
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