One Man's Curse Is Another Man's Adventure
Not everyone likes snow. For most 4x4 enthusiasts, winter usually means the end of the trail season, and in some parts of the country an end to outdoor activity altogether. For others, however, winter is a welcome relief to summer's sweltering heat and just another challenge to conquer. To these hardy few, snow is an exciting change in trail conditions and makes some of the summer's easiest trails the toughest.
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There's no reason to stop appreciating off-highway adventure in winter, just make sure your vehicle is well prepared and that you have plenty of able-bodied help following along. A trail that usually takes an hour or so to complete can take an entire day when it's covered with snow and ice. Before wheeling, make sure your winch is working properly, that you have plenty of tree-savers, recovery and tow straps, and snatch blocks, and that your vehicle is in perfect running condition. A little common sense goes a long way when preparing for a snow run.
We hooked up with Jeff and Dave from Rokmen Jeep Accessories and some local club members to hit a few trails in the mountains surrounding Conifer, Colorado. This small Rocky Mountain town is an easy drive southwest from Denver on Highway 285. In the summer the trails there are mild and relaxing and wind their way through heavily wooded forests. The first part of this winter, Colorado received an unusual amount of snow. To the locals, it was a welcome relief to the previous years of drought. To us, these conditions were perfect for a frozen adventure.