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I am planning to take my new Silver Bullet to Canaan Valley Ski Resort in WV and know that those little mountain roads can be pretty steep. Do you think this little car can carry four people up the mountain? Does it have enough horsepower? What if there is a little snow on the road? Should we leave it at the bottom of the moutain and have our truck take two trips carrying everybody to the lodge?
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I often traverse a steep mountain gap (1,300' in 3 miles) and find no problem powerwise. I think with 3 passengers you'll do fine even in light snow (the extra weight should help in traction). However, you will be annoyed by the loud reving on ascent. For descent, use "B" mode which really helps in engine braking until the battery is fully charged (see the thread right above this one for more info on "B").

If there's significant snow that's not plowed, take the truck.
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Make sure you got decent tires or else take the truck.
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Make sure you got decent tires or else take the truck.
Oh yeah...I forgot to mention that snow tires are a must for winter mountain driving.
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Same post on Edmunds. Looks like a troll.
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Same post on Edmunds. Looks like a troll.
Posting the same question in two spots automatically makes one a troll? Tough crowd.
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Until I see posts from this new member that like those of fishantlers nobody is a Troll. Edmunds isn't going to give this guy as rounded a base of advice as we will, but his association with a post there is not a conviction here. What if he had posted the same question over at PriusChat; Greenhybrid? I doubt anyone would be accusing this member of being a troll then.

Anyway, it is a fair question?

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On moderate ascents - up to about 3,000 feet - the Prius is not only an adequate climber but a very good one. It's not as good on longer, battery-draining ascents, but even with four people, the Eisenhower Tunnel (a 5800-foot ascent from Denver) gave the Prius no trouble. We were passing as many cars as were passing us, and I wasn't flooring it.

Traction is another matter entirely. If there's going to be a lot of snow, I'd highly recommend snow tires.
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I recently had the experience of climbing a rather steep 13% (?) hill to around 6,000 foot elevation (Hwy. 155 west of Lake Isabella, CA).

My 2005 Prius slowed all the way down to 35 mph and would not go any faster even in the one long passing lane to the summit. The battery level dropped down to 1 bar (red) and there was nothing for the electric motor to draw from. It just ran very slow off the gas engine and once I saw the single bar remaining I backed off. It still continued along, but quite slowly for the duration of the climb to the summit.

Of course, coming down was another matter and it went all the way back to the top of the scale in a short while. Engine braking on "B" was pointless as it accellerated too fast going down the grade. I've found when I need "B" I need a lot more than what it provides.

I wouldn't put it into the league as a Hemi-powered vehicle. Personally, it could use a little more gas-engine ummph if I had to make that trek daily. Forget passing anyone. Oh, it does get rather loud - engine wise - on a serious climb. Scaling Pike's Peak may be another matter too.
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Thanks for the help guys. I'm not a troll. Actually I had account on here when I was looking into buying my Prius then all of a sudden I couldn't log back on so I stopped coming to this site and had just been using PriusChat mostly. But they were down and I really wanted some feed back some I resigned on. DanMan32 can account for me.

Actually my wife has a Honda Accord and I have the new Prius. We are going to take one or the other. Other friends in the trip are also taking their truck. Do you think the Prius will do better than the Accord or just drive one and park it at the bottom of the mountain and have them come back down to get us? I can't see getting snow tires for 1 trip every two years. We don't get much snow in the Outer Banks of NC.
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