I have a 1993 Toyota 4WD pickup. Been running Bridgestone Duelers M/S 31X10.50R15 for most of the 370K miles. Spent a lot of time in Truckee during the winter and never had any issues. But having moved to Portland OR 8 years ago, I find my ability to drive in the snow have diminished or the tires just aren't working as well as they did down south. Is the snow (on the road) significantly different here?
I've finally gotten around to getting season passes to Hood Meadows for my daughter and myself and I've been thinking I should get some actual winter tires. Been too long of a hiatus. I don't have chains and I've never chained up. I think that M/S coupled with 4WD is within the rules here as far as not needing chains. But the regs do specifically call out the Mountain/Snowflake spec.
If I was just driving in the snow or lived at higher elevation (Sandy or Hood River for instance), I don't think I would be thinking about this at all. But I live in NE Portland and drive 25 miles round trip to work 5 days a week (usually I84). It's snowed in Portland a few times since I've been here. The round trip to Hood Meadows is approx 120 miles.
I've been up there a few times on snow covered roads and I swear my M/S tires seemed like they slipped a lot (locked hubs and in 4WD). The rubber is only a few years old, plenty of tread depth left.
I figure I would have the winter tires on Dec - Mar. I got a quote from Discount Tire around $900 for 5 steel rims, 4 Blizzak DM-V2 and 1 cheapo spare tire.
Am I wrong in thinking that there is something different about the snow on the road here in Oregon (Pacific NW) as opposed to the Tahoe area? Or is it just the road terrain that is different and the roads in Tahoe are just easier to drive on when slick? You have to drive up a hill to get into Timberline or Hood Meadows.
And given the miles - minimum of 4200 during the 4 month season - how long do you think the Blizzaks will last me since most ot those miles will not be in snow but on rain slick highways? 5 seasons?