Originally Posted by skier_j
The last really "fun" winter driving I've done was returning from Stowe after the first? ETU---it started to snow on Sunday just as we wrapped up skiing and festivities.
By the time we got to south Burlington there was 4-5 inches of snow on the road and it never got better. Aside from not knowing exactly where Rt 7 was some of the time---we got home with no real problems at all.
Run four narrow snows (currently using Dunlops), carry good chains (see Diamond Chains at WWW.tirechain.com). So far the Lincoln has always made it over the App Gap with out chains. My previous vehicle (XR4Ti) usually need chains once per season.
Out West where they require chains, I might consider a AWD. In the East my experience has been 1-2 times a year chains are needed (for the last 4 miles of the trip) have not caused me to consider an AWD.