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What kind of car or truck are you driving?
Of course, I have the worst possible option. RWD pickup. Snow/ice wasn't exactly a primary consideration when I bought it in TN. I've got a set of chains and can load some weight in the bed though.
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Of course, I have the worst possible option. RWD pickup. Snow/ice wasn't exactly a primary consideration when I bought it in TN. I've got a set of chains and can load some weight in the bed though.
Studded tires and sandbags in the rear should help. Or you could buy my toyota off me in the near future haha. But seriously, ive tried to drive around in just rwd on the roads when theyre snow and ice and it is really hard to get moving let alone go anywhere. The freeway has also had snow on it before and I didnt even trt just rwd on it. When you throw my truck into 4x4, it feels so much different. It feels solid and stable where as rwd its just fish tailing all over (granted it is fun, i kind of try to make it happen ans I have very low tread). Im looming for a new car now but refuse to get anything that isnt awd because of the snow up there

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Of course, I have the worst possible option. RWD pickup. Snow/ice wasn't exactly a primary consideration when I bought it in TN. I've got a set of chains and can load some weight in the bed though.
You'll be fine with chains and weight...but its all about snow driving skills...but a good set of snowtires do wonders. I've never had 4wd, and always made it in fwd and rwd cars/trucks that mostly only had all season tires and have only had to put chains on 4 times in 15 years.


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You'll be fine with chains and weight...but its all about snow driving skills. I've never had 4wd, and always made it in fwd and rwd cars/trucks and have only had to put chains on 4 times in 15 years.
Id add in that you should be cautious with your own driving but be even more cautious for other peoples driving.

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Hey folks. My wife and I just moved to Tacoma from middle Tennessee and we're excited to be near some mountains with natural snow. The 6 hour drive to NC to ride artificial are a thing of the past (for this season, at least)!.
You sound a bit like me a my wife. We moved to just north of Seattle in dec. Of last year from nashville. Best decision ever.

So far I can say that stevens and baker... no matter where you live, are worth the drive. I went in mid December last year and it dumped 12 inches overnight and another 10 while on the mountain. I couldn't imagine driving down the highway there without 4x4 though. It was definitely Sketchy.
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You'll be fine with chains and weight...but its all about snow driving skills...but a good set of snowtires do wonders. I've never had 4wd, and always made it in fwd and rwd cars/trucks that mostly only had all season tires and have only had to put chains on 4 times in 15 years.
I'm guessing someone from TN isn't going to have the snow driving skills (at least initially) required to manage a RWD truck in the mountains.

FWD is one thing, but RWD is pretty sketchy.

OP - you might want look for alternate means to get to and from the hill or see if you can shuttle / carpool (at least on big pow days)
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You sound a bit like me a my wife. We moved to just north of Seattle in dec. Of last year from nashville. Best decision ever.

So far I can say that stevens and baker... no matter where you live, are worth the drive. I went in mid December last year and it dumped 12 inches overnight and another 10 while on the mountain. I couldn't imagine driving down the highway there without 4x4 though. It was definitely Sketchy.
Yep, that's where I'm from! The whole city shuts down on the one day a year when it snows hard enough to slightly obscure the lines on the road!

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I'm guessing someone from TN isn't going to have the snow driving skills (at least initially) required to manage a RWD truck in the mountains.

FWD is one thing, but RWD is pretty sketchy.

OP - you might want look for alternate means to get to and from the hill or see if you can shuttle / carpool (at least on big pow days)
My snow driving has been limited mostly to the mountains in NC. But even then, the conditions weren't very trying. One thing I have noticed for sure, though, is how much better road clearing operations were than what we had in TN.
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I'll sell you my truck in a month or two if you're looking for a cheap 4x4 vehicle lol

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Before living in Nashville I lived in Chicago, and visited my family regularly who lived in Minnesota, especially during the winter. So snow driving isn't anything new to me. But it's almost always been in a fwd or 4x4. One winter I had a rwd s10 in Nashville. .. the second the snow cleared I put it up for sale. It was a terrible experience.
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