This is our sixth attempt at predicting future road conditions on one of our favorite mountain crossings in the American West. Tioga Pass which is found on California State Route 120 connects California’s Owens Valley with the Central Valley while crossing the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain range. When the snows of autumn descend on this alpine route, we know that winter in all of her majesty is about to close the high country for another summer road trip season and so this poll is a traditional rite of passage for the Great American RoadTrip Forum. (I know it just opened for the 2008 travel season, but time marches on...)
Last year, this famous road closed on December 6th.
In 2006 it was on November 26th and the 25th of November in 2005. ….hmmm, maybe there is a trend here somewhere. Here are the official opening and closing dates from 1980 to the present. We have yet to award a winner for a closure!
And this is a very cool page -- it lists the opening and closing dates for other high Sierra Nevada passes, which might give you an edge as predict this year's dates.... (Produced by Caltrans).
For the second year in a row, for the 2008 opening, RTA Forum member, Hotel Charlotte ( Lynn & Victor) used their highly honed prognosticator skills and predicted that Tioga Pass would open for the summer, 2008 road trip season, on May 22nd. Unfortunately, it actually opened at 8:00 am on May 21st, so for the want of this 24 hour period, they missed the grand prize but earned the equally coveted title of dcTPP… (Which is also known as the official Darn Close -- Tioga Pass Prognosticator) More about the Spring opening poll can be found by clicking here. The previous year, Kinless, was the winner of the dcTPP prize.
You are welcome to use your predictive talents and if you manage to hit the correct date -- the RTA Editorial group will pay for a tank of roadtrip fuel in your personal roadtrip ride. Legal has suggested that we identify what this means.... So, for the record, the prize will be limited to $75.00 USD To win this prize, the date must be posted on this Forum more than or equal to fifteen (15) days prior to the official closing date.
RTA Editorial Team
Current Record Holders:
Prognosticators Extraordinaire To-Date:
Tioga Pass Prognosticator Winners:
Phil Boardman, (PhilB) Spring 2009 (Click here for news about this achievement)
weirj Winter 2008
******dcTPP (Darn Close -- Tioga Pass Prognosticator)
*************Don Casey (CalOldBlue) Winter 2009 Click here for the declaration of dcTPP winner!
*************Lynn & Victor (Hotel Charlotte) Spring 2008
*************Joey (Kinless) Spring 2007