I'm going to Vancouver B.C. for 4 days next month to visit an old friend. I thought while I'm there I'd go up to Cypress Mountain for half a day and snowboard. Since my friend neither skiis nor snowboards, I'm on my own for the day so I'll need to rent a car. I've never rented a car to drive in snowy conditions before and desperately do NOT want to wreck a rental car in the snow. I checked the web site for the mountain and it did mention that snow tires, 4x4, or chains are required. I thought I'd call the Vancouver branch of the rental car company specifically, since they would probably be familiar with the mountain road and understand what I'm asking for. The phone rings and a French-Canadian answers. (I already knew I would have problems). I say, "I'm coming up there next month and need a car to drive into the mountains. Can I rent a tire with snow tires?" The woman, in her I-have-no-time-for-Americans snooty French accent says, "I do not understand what you want." I repeat myself, more slowly this time, "I need to rent a car with SNOW TIRES." The French-Canadian woman sighs. "Ma'am...you want a car with NO TIRES?" At this point, I launch into Angry-American-speaking-to-stupid-French-person mode, speaking slowly and loudly so she can understand: "I'm going to a MOUNTAIN! It will have SNOW ON IT! I need a car with SNOW TIRES to drive in the SNOW!" French-Canadian woman sighs and puts me on hold, never to return. I eventually called the American 1-800 number who informed me chains are not available at the Vancouver branch but the cars all come with all-season tires. Does anyone know what this means? Anyone have experience renting a car to drive in the snow?