Off-Roading in a Winter Wonderland


It is that time of year again where that white stuff comes falling from the skies. Some look at it as a bad thing, but for some off-roaders it is like Christmas everyday! And why wouldn’t it be, off-roading in the snow is a blast. It presents with a whole new set of challenges making it exciting and often times pretty intense.


With new challenges there are a few things you should keep in mind before hitting the drifts, like definitely make sure you hit the snow trails with a friend. No one wants to be stuck or broke down in the dead of winter with freezing temperature with no help in sight!
Pack blankets, survival gear, snow shovel, air jack, tire chains, ice scraper/window brush, recovery equipment, communications equipment, food, water, and it doesn’t hurt to have a warm change of clothes and boots too. Make sure part of that gear is flashlights with fresh batteries. It gets dark earlier in the wintertime. Before hitting the trails, consider the age of your Jeep’s battery. Cold weather diminishes a battery much quicker so if your is older than 5 years, get a new one.

Driving on snow-covered trails brings on its own set of difficulties. Even if you have driven the same trail a hundred times before, snow covers all the trails faults and difficult situations. You can get stuck very easy in the snow as well. Know the trail, do a walk over before a drive through. Next week we will cover some tips that will help a first timer snow trail off-roader. Have a wonderful weekend, and if it is snowing in your neck of the woods stay warm, and stay safe!

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

7 comments

  1. My wife has been after me to take the Jeep off road in the snow. I’m just not that fond of the cold. I guess I’m going to have to try it at least once to appease her. Who knows, it might just grow on me. There’s nothing I love better than being off road in my Jeep.

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  2. I can hardly wait for the snow to cover the trails. It’s a high I can’t explain. I love taking my Jeep off road in any weather on any terrain but the snow adds a new level of challenge and fun.

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  3. I love Jeeping in the snow. It’s a totally different experience that dirt, mud or rocks. It’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me.

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  4. The snow is very different from other terrains but as long as you know what you are doing it is a lot of fun. If you haven’t given it a try, do it. You’ll go back for more.

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  5. We love going off road in the snow. It’s easier to get stuck and it’s a whole new experience from the summer terrains. We always go with at least 2 or 3 vehicles in case one of us gets stuck. It’s an experience! If you haven’t tried it, you owe it to yourself to give it at least 1 shot.

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  6. I like Jeeping in the snow. It’s like an entirely different sport from sand, rocks, dirt and water. The weather has more of an impact also, but it’s still great fun.

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  7. I love Jeeping in the snow. I don’t want to be the only one in the area but I get nervous when there are too many out there in the same area, especially if it’s someone who doesn’t really know what they are doing.

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