ORDI Vids: What's The Deal With Snow Wheeling?
Every winter social media starts to explode with photos of people snow wheeling. Yet, honestly speaking, it seems like only a small percentage participate in this unique aspect of off-roading. Why...?
First off, you may say the obvious reason. A lot of people don't get much snow where they live. However, I say...while that may be true, the majority of people live relatively close to areas that do get some snow. So, let's talk about a few factors that may encourage you to get out a do some snow wheeling, as well as a few tips to keep in mind.
Most importantly for me, is that snow wheeling lets you enjoy areas that you may be very familiar with, in a new way. It's true. While many of the main features of the area stay the same, snow does give everything a fresh, and interesting look. Plus, let's not forget that snow wheeling is fun!
What make snow wheeling so fun? Challenges of fighting never ending sliding, learning a new of way of maintaining traction and the unknown of the trails are all part of the fun. When these factors are put together, you find yourself adrenaline bound on trails that may not do much for you in the summer.
Snow, by it's nature, has a tendency to cling. This cause a semi self-leveling effect on the ground. Plus, if water runs under snow, there is a possibility that a hole exist where you may not suspect. There may even be a large rock, stump, or log hidden under the seemingly even snow.
Because of such unknowns, snow wheeling can be adrenaline packed for an off-roader. At the same time though, this is what can make snow wheeling so dangerous too. Since such unknowns can get you into trouble easily, it's more important than ever to make sure you have another person with you. Preferably in a second rig.
Also keep in mind the need for adequate emergency supplies for where you are going. While you may have a general emergency kit in your rig, it's a good idea to review and adjust it for your trip into the snow. Making sure that you have all that you may need to stay warm and protected against the elements in case something goes wrong.
There is another factor to keep in mind as well, when trying to go snow wheeling. This is the fact that many public, state, and private trails are absolutely closed when they are covered in snow. So, you'll need to do your research and find the trails that are officially open. Not just by hear say, but truly open so that your fun day out doesn't turn into an expensive fine, or jail time.
And as always, just because there is snow on the ground, doesn't mean that we don't have the responsibility to tread lightly!