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Post Posted: Sep 7, 2016 10:42 am 
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I hope this is the correct place in Pinecam for this question. We are return residents to CO, after 2+ decades in CA. Would very much appreciate recommendations as to snow tires, Brands, Models, etc. that you have had good experiences with, in the Foothills. We have a Subaru Forester that is a couple of years old, but I'm not expecting any recommendations specific to that vehicle; I just included that information in case anyone would ask. Thanks for any advice you can provide.


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The best I have found are Nokian or Blizzak.


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Question for you... do you have an all wheel drive car? If yes, unless you live in a VERY difficult area to access in snow or ice, you will probably be just fine with a good set of all season M&S (mud and snow) rated tires. IF you live on a crazy hill or something, OK, special snow tires may be something you want. But in my opinion, most folks who use summer and winter tires are wasting money.

IF you have a 2 wheel drive car... go for the winter tires, absolutely. Just my opinion.


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Whoops. I see you have a forester. Awesome all wheel drive vehicle. All season M&S will do fine unless you live on a really steep/icy hill. Just practice winter driving in a parking lot. Become one with the ball... I mean vehicle....


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I love the Blizzaks. I have AWD, but to be honest, have found the handling in the snow to be much better with the snow tires rather than just the all season tires. Some times the peace of mind is worth the price :hugegrin:


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On the front wheel drive Corolla I switch out to Michelin ice-X for winter, and on the AWD Outback a low to mid price set of Michelin all season mud & snow works great. Welcome back from the land of fruits & nuts!


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Post Posted: Sep 7, 2016 5:30 pm 
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I highly recommend Michellin Ice x
Best snow tires I have had in 18 yrs of driving on the 285 corridor.
Keep in mind that any good snow tire is soft, so your braking on dry roads will affected.
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Best tires I have ever had came from Rocky Mountain Autohaus in Pine JCT Shannon Gumz owner. Same tires the postal service uses.


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I'll echo Solitude's advice. I commuted from PJ to Englewood for 20+ years when 285 wasn't nearly as wide as it is now. Many of the miles I put on were in Subarus. A good tread on a M&S tire was all I needed to feel quite comfortable.

Your last mile(s) off the highway may require more. Unmaintained dirt road? Steep driveway? Then you'll probably want heavier duty winter tires.

I think the worst storm I ran into on the way home had the canyon at a total stop. I decided to cool my heels for an hour or two at the Fort instead of in my car. The Fort was serving free coffee & hot chocolate to all the stranded travelers that were able to get there! Might have been 25 years ago and I still haven't forgotten their hospitality!

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Blizzaks are great on snow and ice but because of the super soft rubber they wear extremely fast. Also, the special ice traction properties are only for the first 50% of the tire.

Remember AWD and 4WD are great in the snow when you are applying power to the wheels. When you are braking/ deacclerating/cornering your quality of traction is all based on the quality of your tire. Braking with a Subraru on packed snow is no better than a front wheel drive vehicle. A set of snow tires is a lot cheaper than a body shop repair.


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And to tag along...when do you recommend putting on your snow tires?

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