VinnieFa good set of winter tires and you won't need either. Always a good idea to carry chains regardless though, but don't plan to rely on them every time it snows. Just get good winters and whatever vehicle you want whether it's awd, rwd, or fwd will work just fine.
They do chain control on I-80 so you have to have either 4wd/awd, or chains on. Good winters are not great for folks in CA as you arent driving in winter conditions till you are literally at the mountains.
Profahoben_212Dude the chain requirements on the way up to tahoe are a joke. They are because of all the semis and idiots in camry's coming from Sacramento...get decent awd and all terrain tires...assuming you know how to drive in snow.
youll get chain control going miles before snowline a lot of the time, sometimes it will be snowing but not sticking and youll get chain control. So, on top of being a pain in the ass, limiting you and those behind you to 25mph, and making you cold and muddy... they are dangerous as all hell. Having to pull over on the side of a hgihway during a snowstorm so you can get out of your vehicle and lie on the ground while idiot california drivers fishtail and pass other cars at 50mph in the far right lane is not the safest situation to be in.