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I doubt you really need chains esp if you have awd. Are your stock tires m + s ? I know in British Columbia for example, m + s (mud and snow) tires are required which are standard on Canadian crvs, otherwise snow tires until March 31. Maybe you need to carry chains but I doubt you will need to chain up. Anyway if you are 2wd with the standard tires, you could carry the chains (I would be tempted to go with cable chains) Don’t install until absolutely necessary but do install a couple times so you know you can quickly install.
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The road to S. Lake Tahoe (US 50) goes over a summit at 7,382 ft. elevation. Chains are frequently required by the CHP. It's a curvy 2 lane road with steep drops off the side.
 

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I'd go to Les Schwab and just get what they have that's available for your vehicle. Best part is that if you dont use them, you can return them. That's what I did before heading to Tahoe just because I wanted to be safe and have the chains if needed.
 

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Of course it depends on local laws and California marches to it's own beat but last week we did a Durango Colorado ski trip with significant snow and icy roads even over an 8500ft mountain pass and our AWD felt safe with regular tires. That's not to say there weren't a couple of vehicles that slid into roadside snow drifts.
 

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AWD is for GOING.

Chains and snow tires are for STOPPING.

Choose which one is better for you and take that path.
 

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This is all a side note relative to the OP's topic. Of course there's always a limit but many going to the slopes don't use chains or snow tires and get along without incident and undoubtedly stop frequently. It's how you drive. Quick, abrupt, tailgating, or distracted are recipes for disaster. I only saw one person with chains on my route during the "bomb cyclone" and most were from out of state (Texas, NM, AZ) so not much need for snow tires.
 

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Of course it depends on local laws and California marches to it's own beat but last week we did a Durango Colorado ski trip with significant snow and icy roads even over an 8500ft mountain pass and our AWD felt safe with regular tires. That's not to say there weren't a couple of vehicles that slid into roadside snow drifts.
Yup. California added 1,016 new laws just this quarter. They have regulations for absolutely everything you can think of.
 
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