Are you ready to explore this winter? Three questions to ask yourself before you head out on the road.

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The rise in popularity of backcountry skiing has ignited a remarkable trend, drawing more and more enthusiasts into the world of winter exploration. With the allure of untouched powder and the serenity of pristine wilderness, backcountry skiing has become a magnet for adventure seekers.

In the quest for adventure, however, it’s important not to underestimate the treacherous nature of icy, snow-covered terrain. Winter road conditions can be a challenge and without the proper equipment, knowledge, and tires designed to handle these conditions, one can quickly find themselves in a risky situation.

There are a few things to consider before hitting the road on your next winter adventure.

Are your tires adventure-ready?

Having the right tires is the most important aspect of being prepared for exploration. For your winter escapades, the BFGoodrich Winter T/A KSI is a directional, non-studded tire that provides precise handling and excellent braking performance on wet and dry surfaces. Developed uniquely for the Canadian market, the Winter T/A KSI tire provides extreme snow-on-snow traction and predictable cornering that’s needed for a high performing winter tire.

What type of terrain will you be driving on?

When heading to the trailhead for your backcountry skiing adventure, you will encounter roads that may require different handling techniques. Understanding the basic techniques can make all the difference in avoiding a precarious situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Use steady momentum all the way through.
  • If your wheels start to spin, ease off the gas a little to let the tires slow down and regain traction.
  • Approach any hills straight on, so the weight is distributed equally, providing equal traction to all four tires.
  • Use as high a gear as the vehicle will handle comfortably on a hill. If the gear is too low, you will spin the tires. If it’s too high, you won’t have enough power.

Are you prepared for unplanned situations?

You never know what situations you could get in to while on the road. Here are some items to have on hand before hitting the road to make sure you are well prepared:

  • Full-sized spare tire
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Portable air compressor
  • Trusted tool kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Professional jack
  • Shovel
  • Zip ties
  • Duct tape
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket

While many of us meticulously plan every detail of our exhilarating skiing adventures, we often overlook the importance of planning our drive to the mountain. When you venture into the icy embrace of winter, there’s no room for uncertainty. Being ready can mean the difference between a thrilling adventure and a perilous journey. You can learn more about what tire is right for you at

Ski Canada Staff
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