Strawberry is at an elevation of 5,750 feet and is 8 miles west of Echo Summit.
While the Crystal Basin is at a similar elevation, because it is farther west, it sometimes has quite different weather from high on the pass. A good source of weather conditions in the Crystal Basin is the Eldorado National Forest - (530) 644-6048.
For more information about the
weather higher on the pass during the winter, check Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort's:
Sierra at Tahoe SNOW REPORT
Highway 50 over Echo Summit is open year-round except when particularly severe weather or unusual road work closes the road
temporarily. In years past landslides have cut off the highway along the American River canyon or avalanches have closed the road on the
steep eastern slope, but those are rare occurences. Usually any closures are short.
The best source for up-to-date information on Highway 50 is the CalTrans Division of Highway Operations:
CalTrans Road Information
Department of Transportation - Road Conditions.
Also useful is the CalTrans chain control map, showing up-to-date information on chain controls:
Tahoe Area Chain Controls
Requirement One (R1): Chains or snow tread tires required. Snow tires must have a tread depth of 6/32" with a "M & S" imprint on the tire's sidewall.
Requirement Two (R2): Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels. (NOTE: four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas)
Requirement Three (R3): Chains are required on all vehicles, no exceptions.
For the most current status of campgrounds in the Eldorado National Forest, see
Eldorado National Forest Campgrounds.
For information about roads in the Eldorado National Forest (including the Mormon Emigrant Trail Road), check their information at Eldorado National Forest Roads.