Snow Wheeling

Snow Wheeling

Welcome Snow Wheelers! We'd love to have you join us on the forum. Share your Snow Wheeling adventures and show off your snow wheeling rig. If you would like to share some snow wheeling tech, share it on the forum or we can add it to the Snow Wheeling Articles below.

Trip Reports

New Years Day 2015 Hangover Run - January 1, 2015
Mother nature delivered some snow just in time to bring in 2015 snow wheeling the broncos. We covered a lot of ground in search of something new. There isn't a lot snow yet, but it was still a fun day out cruising the backcountry in the snow. Check out the full Trip Report on the forum.
Snow Wheeling - December 27, 2014
It's been a long wait, but we finally got some snow in the Cascades. After an extra long dry spell, we set out for a day snow wheeling. Since this was the first major accumulation of the season, there wasn't a lot of snow, but plenty to have some fun! Great day cruising the backcountry in the snow! Check out the full Trip Report on the forum.

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Deep Snow
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Well, if deep snow was what we were looking for, we definitely found it!! It's not often that the suburban looks small, but the amount of snow around it just dwarfs the 46" tires, it was a great day for the snow wheeling enthusiast!! We even got a little stuck, but thanks to the rear mounted winch, we were able to extract ourselves pretty easily.

Snow Wheeling Forum

  snowtrek  Trip Report: West of Snoq. Pass on 90
2/23/19 Started at 1,300ft made it to about 2,300ft. 35s on 15s @ 5psi Snow looked wetter than it was. Cruised probably halfway through the elevation and then forward progress was made 20-30yds at a time by backing up and ramming at 5-15mph. Turned into more work than it was worth as we were just looking to cruise. Could have winched up the inclines and crawled the flat spots. All terrains did far better than KM2's in 35s on 17s at same psi. For...
  snowtrek  Mt Loop 2/12/19
Went and checked the snow up the loop on Tuesday the 12th. There was about 30 inches of snow at the Lake 22 trailhead. Ended up pulling a stock Jeep out at the 4020 Rd. Thankfully they they barely made it off pavement. They were totally unprepared to deal with any type of being stuck. If they had somehow made it up the road, out of sight, they could have been in a lot of trouble. Ended up coming back down to the 41 Rd and going up to just ins...
  snowtrek  Jacks Pass or Beckler this Sunday?
With the snow due this Sunday it should make for a nice trip. Anyone interested in Jacks Pass or Beckler Ridge this coming Sunday (2/3)?
  snowtrek  Any Snow Trips Coming Up?
Anyone setting up a snow wheeling trip soon? Ran Jacks Pass a few weeks ago and had a blast. Need some more snow while it's here :)
  snowtrek  Mt Loop Run 1/7?
Anyone have info on the night run from last Monday? Big group of rigs was getting ready to leave the Shell in Granite Falls when I came through at 5:30. I would have loved to go but had other commitments.
  snowtrek  Mattracks vs Tires
I just watched these videos of a Toyota Tacoma on Mattracks up on Tonga Ridge in some fresh snow. Iím surprised by how much he still has to work at it. I guess that just reinforces my opinion that when the snow is good nearly anything works, and when conditions are tough, nothing works well. It would have been interesting to see a well setup wheeled vehicle in the same spot.


Snow Wheeling Articles

Low Pressure Air Gauges

When Snow Wheeling, airing down your tires is the most important thing you can do for improved traction and flotation in snow. That means you need an air gauge that reads low pressure from 1-5psi. We are on a quest to find a replacement for the Accutire MS-46B.
Flotation in Snow Experiment

This is a quick test I did to see the best "theoretical" flotation of one of my tires.
Siping Tires for Deep Snow

Why should I sipe my tires for deep snow wheeling? Siping is one of my three criteria for a deep snow tire. As you drive through the deep snow, the snow gets packed under your tire. The siping gives your tires hundreds of new biting edges. Additionally, the siping helps loosen the tire carcass allowing your tire to flex better when aired down.
Deep Snow Tires

Wider is better. Not so fast! Given equal tire pressure, a 36x12.50 and a 36x14.50 will have the same size footprint. The shape will be different, but the total area will be the same. Don't stop reading. I'm not crazy. Here's the keep things simple, lets say we have 4,000lbs vehicle. We'll assume it's perfectly balanced and therefore 1,000lbs at each tire. If the tire is inflated to a known pressure, say 5 psi(pounds per square inch), we can now determine the area of the footprint in sq/in using the following formula....more
Snow Wheeling 101

Stop before you get stuck. That's right STOP. Getting unstuck from the snow is generally pretty easy, unless of course you make it worse. So if you're stuck, just stop. Unless you've got some advanced snow driving skills, it's pretty unlikely that your going to drive out. Stop early and get a tug or dig your way out. You'll have more fun!