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Old 11-17-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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Hey Crew,

I'm finally taking the road trip back to Colorado I've been dreaming of for some time. The wifey-to-be and I are coming out for the first two weeks of January for some epic snowboarding. I'm so stoked. We hit Vail last year and it was amazing. It made me regret not bringing my Subaru out to the land of AWD. My quick question is this:

Will ultra- high performance all-season tires get me around okay? They're Kuhmo ECSTA ASX on 2011 OEM wheels.

I don't yet have a dedicated snow tire. The all-seasons owned the Chicago winters, but we all know they don't compare. I made it through over 2 feet of snow with no issues last year, but Colorado is a place in and of itself. Your expertise is appreciated! I'll be hitting Breck, Vail, Park City, and the Lyonshead area. Thanks!!!
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:48 AM   #2
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Please let me know if there are any other tips you may have. I'm tuned on 93 octane but, if I remember correctly, 91 octane is more readily available, right? Planning on bringing my AP so I can change my map if necessary.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:31 PM   #3
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You will want to get Co. advice on awdpirates.net,

Teh RMIC is mostly the Utah Peeps.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:50 PM   #4
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Great. Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:08 AM   #5
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Getting some conflicting info in other places I've checked. Any Colorado guys wanna chime in? It's much appreciated.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:56 AM   #6
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Ive never seen anything above 91 oct at 99% of the gas stations back home. I would definitely bring your AP just in case. All the places your going, you should have fun. Shouldnt be much issue getting in/out, the roads are kept clear for the most part. If you like beer, make sure you stop in downtown Denver and find one of the million microbreweries, delicious stuff!
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Old 11-20-2011, 05:42 PM   #7
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The all-seasons owned the Chicago winters, but we all know they don't compare. I made it through over 2 feet of snow with no issues last year, but Colorado is a place in and of itself.
I've heard horror stories of Chicago winters. (As in being worse than the Rockies snowstorms at times)

I'll agree with JokerDMX, if you've done that in chicago, you'd be fine in colorado and utah.
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Old 11-20-2011, 05:59 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the info! If I like beer... ;-) who doesn't? I'll check it out.

As for Chicago having terrible winters, I think it's mostly because everyone's unconditioned pusses. I've grown up here and it's nothing terrible. We did have an epic snowstorm last winter that dumped over 2' of snow. That, coupled with winds whipping down lake Michigan, created drifts over 9 feet. Cars were stranded on lake shore drive for over a day. That was cool but unusual. I'll post up pics of it and my other '11 WRX. I had friends in pick-ups with snow plows get stuck, yet I murdered the roads. So much fun. That's when I decided I was never leaving Subaru.

Thanks again for the info on everything from gas to tires.
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:02 PM   #9
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We're also really densely populated so there's more people to bitch.
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:58 AM   #10
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:14 AM   #11
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^ Thank you!!!
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