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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY are my base towns

    Default snow tires for long trips (~7k miles)

    I am doing a month long ski road trip in March starting from the Northeast and heading west to Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and finally Alberta (and back). I've done similar trips in the past with a SUV and chains, though this year the SUV is out of commission and I will be using a smaller FWD hatchback. Currently the hatch has all season tires, which are terrible on snow/ice. I have an extra set of steel rims for which I intend on mounting snow tires, specifically for this trip. What I'm looking for is experience from people who've done a similar trip using snow tires exclusively, and whether the tires held up for the trip and any other issues that might have arisen from their use for a long road trip. Thanks much.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default that's what they're built for

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Snow Tires are designed to be used throughout the winter, so you should have no problem using them for this trip. They typically have a shorter lifespan than all season tires, but you should still be able to get at least 30-40,000 miles out of them.

    One thing you should know is that snow tires will not be suitable as a replacement for chains in some situations. It would be smart to still get a set of cable chains for your car before you leave.

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