So then why is it that 75% of the people who live in the mountains of Colorado, including you, have 4WD vehicles?
Thirty years ago people were driving to these same ski resorts with crappier roads, crappier tires, crappier plows, and gigantic RWD open-diff sleds from Detroit. It shouldn't be that hard to do with any modern car, and if it is, it probably shouldn't be attempted by some flatlander who just rented some mediocre truck.
I'll try to contribute something of value to this thread now:
- If it is going to snow, park uphill. Always have a downhill exit. Even if you get plowed in, it will be 10x easier getting out. You may have to look around a bit for this parking spot.
- If you are having trouble ascending a steep drive with the FWD car, turn around and put it in reverse. You now have a taller and thus easier to use gear ratio, and more importantly you have a ton of weight over the drive wheels. Don't try this if you can't back a trailer, or in the presence of other cars.
- ABS doesn't work at walking speed. If you find yourself sliding towards the side of the road or a driveway TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE BRAKE. You can then tap the pedal as necessary for speed control and your steering wheel will work again.
- Travel slowly downhill, but don't use low gears in very slippery conditions. ABS or not, brakes will be more consistent and accurate when the engine is not loaded.
- If you think you are losing control, remember to ease that kung-fu grip on the brakes and point the car at a snowbank. Trying to keep it on the road at this point will make things worse. If you make this decision early you are more likely to get away with only a bruised ego.