Road trips rule. Grimy gas stations, weird sightings, fresh faces and new shredding from points A to B can make your winter. Keep it rolling smooth on the road with these tips.
Pick Your Partner(s) Wisely
Who will be your trusty navigator(s)? Can everyone drive in snow? Do they have money for gas? Do their boots stink? Do they have any special skills? These are the kind of questions you should ask your mates before loading up the rig and pointing it toward the white hinterland.
Pack The Whip
An all-wheel drive rig is nice, but it's not absolutely necessary. And roof racks are sweet, too, but they dent your MPGs. Any solid vehicle with good snow tires can tackle a winter trip with ease. Chains, as much as they suck, are worth tossing in since you never know when you might need them-in fact, you never know what will happen. It's an adventure! So be sure to pack these essentials:
– Sleeping bag
– Jumper cables
– Washer fluid
– Emergency road/survival kit
Plan Your Route
Combine weather, shred zones, road conditions and available couch/floor space for a good web of riding routes. Scope areas with a good concentration of resorts, like Oregon to B.C., Montana to Alberta, Colorado to Cali, NYC to Montreal or a string of resorts closest to your home and budget. Check fhwa.dot.gov for road closures, and remember: holidays are great for lift and lodging deals, but packed with people.
Sitting up front comes with its duties: DJ, navigator, txtr, police scanner, beverage holder; keep the driver on point, the music thumping and the ride pointed in the right direction and it's all good.
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