|Topic: Snow Depth|
|If you are
going to be really adventurous by taking your SUV into deep snow, say
over 3 or 4 inches deep, then you need to pay serious attention to a
number of issues.
First, NEVER go into the backcountry into deep snow alone! Your chances of getting stuck are going to increase dramatically in deep snow and its no place to be without help. You should attempt deep snow only when you have another vehicle with you.
Second, as shown in the picture on the top, the snow often does not appear very deep at first. But as shown in the bottom picture, snow depths can increase quickly, particularly on the shaded side of mountains or as you proceed up a mountain road. Always be prepared to turn around and go back if the snow gets too deep.
Third, don't even start an adventure like this unless you have chains for all 4 wheels on board. You may well need them! A shovel, a good jack or two and some heavy chain may also be needed. If your SUV is equipped with a winch, all the better!
Click on the yellow button #2 above for further cautions.
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