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Wanted to check out the ice climbing conditions in "Maple Canyon" (Utah) and managed to slide into a snowbank.

The road was plowed but there was an inch of ice on the road and a skiff of snow on said ice. I made it 3/8ths of the way up to the ice climbing area before I started to lose traction and unable to continue. Couldn't turn around so I went down the road. . . In reverse. Nearly made it to the end of the canyon but my back end fishtailed and I turned 90*, slamming into a snowbank. Car was mechanically and ascetically fine but the back end got stuck up on the snowbank and my front tires ended up on a sheet of inch thick ice. Spent an hour picking out a line for my front tires with my ice axe and dug out a good chunk of snow that was keeping my back tires off the ground. I moved the car nearly six inches after cutting out a huge chunk of ice and using my mats for traction. Lucky me some family was coming up the same canyon for a sunday cruise in their side by side. They gave me a push and I escaped. ruined my mats though so if anyone has some they'd be willing to let go of, I'm on the market lol.
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^I was aiming to turn around at that patch of dry ground. Didn't quite make it!
 

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Did you use winter tires?
Nope. Haven't had enough of a winter to constitute spending the money on them. This was my second time driving on a snowy surface this year. Running an all road/season tire and they work fine.
 

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Okay okay my tire choice didn't work for this specific situation

It's cheaper to run the tires I've got now then spending 500+$ on winter tires for the incredibly mild winter we are having and so I can make it up this one road lol
 

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I should also note that this was a calculated risk. When I saw the road I realized it was going to be snowy and slick and that this was a very real possibility- which is why I didn't try to go farther up the canyon. If there hadn't been a thick snowbank and wasn't on the bottom floor of a canyon; nothing for my car to fall off like a cliff I wouldn't have done it and just walked. I was familiar and comfortable with the risks.
 

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Doesn’t matter if you have a mild winter or not. If you get ice/snow of ANY type you get WINTER TIRES.

All season tires are a huge lie.

Hope this is a lesson learned. You were lucky this time.....next time it will be a ditch or hitting another vehicle.
 

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$806 got me steelies and -1 + -1 size Michelin IceX for the Bolt and I AM CONVINCED!
Winter tires are awesome!


The Spark EV struggled to get up my driveway. I had to turn off TC and spin and steer back and forth to get to the top.
A +5 minute ordeal. Smelled tire smoke at one point.
With TC on and it just sat there trying to move a few inches.
It has the cheapest amazon AS tires known to man...

The Bolt earlier that morning just drove up it like the snow wasn't there.
 

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Yah man. Plus you are not wasting money.

Your OEM all seasons will last longer if you are using a 2nd set of tires 3-4 months out of the year.
If you run on your all seasons all year round you will just have to buy that 2nd set sooner to completely replace your first set. ;P
 

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Yes, my point in answering this thread was that I wouldn't want anyone clicking on this thread to assume that the Bolt is a bad car for driving in the snow. Equipped with good snow tires, the Bolt is very capable in the snow. High weight plus narrow tires and a sticky rubber compound with siping all add up to good performance on snowy roads.
 

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Yes, my point in answering this thread was that I wouldn't want anyone clicking on this thread to assume that the Bolt is a bad car for driving in the snow. Equipped with good snow tires, the Bolt is very capable in the snow. High weight plus narrow tires and a sticky rubber compound with siping all add up to good performance on snowy roads.
I've driven a couple bolts with really nice snow tires in 2019/2020 winter and it was fantastic- especially compared to the Volt and eSpark. If anyone is reading this thread know the Bolt is indeed a fantastic vehicle for the snow. If the winter was worse and I had to drive when there was snow on the road I would be running the Michelin X-Ice Xi3.

Edit: I am running Big O legacy tour plus tires right now because I can jack the tire pressure up to 55psi which is what I need when I am pulling a trailer- which is why I specifically bought a bolt.
 

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....If anyone is reading this thread know the Bolt is indeed a fantastic vehicle for the snow. If the winter was worse and I had to drive when there was snow on the road I would be running the Michelin X-Ice Xi3.
That's the tires I got for the Bolt bc the GF is 'essential' and I wanted her to have all benefits possible.
Like I said, $806 for -1,-1 sizing, TPMS sensors, ready to install with new lug nuts! I had the $30 TPMS relearn tool.
It was my first experience with winter tires and they do feel fantastic in bad conditions. They also make drive easier on dry roads bc I want them to last many winters.

I thought this would happen to me, but nooooo...
If you buy them for next winter, it will be nice winters for many years and you won't have to put them on the Bolt!
 

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I thought this would happen to me, but nooooo...
If you buy them for next winter, it will be nice winters for many years and you won't have to put them on the Bolt!
Once summer hits my car will probably get a more aggressive offroad tire with a larger sidewall on 15" rims- perhaps even the eSpark rims if I can fit them. I want the bulkiest tire available so I can tease out more clearance and get a comfier ride on washboards. I'd probably get a set of Xi3 tires and put them on my current rims because I don't tow in any form of weather.
 

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Once summer hits my car will probably get a more aggressive offroad tire with a larger sidewall on 15" rims- perhaps even the eSpark rims if I can fit them. I want the bulkiest tire available so I can tease out more clearance and get a comfier ride on washboards. I'd probably get a set of Xi3 tires and put them on my current rims because I don't tow in any form of weather.
Suggest trial fitting before purchasing. The Bolt is among the tightest fit for tire clearance I've ever owned. There's not really much slack in/out/up for a "bulkiest tire".

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Once summer hits my car will probably get a more aggressive offroad tire with a larger sidewall on 15" rims- perhaps even the eSpark rims if I can fit them...
If you mean Spark EV, no dice. 4 holes and weird different offsets front and rear.
I like the idea of 15" with high aspect ratio tires, but as stated below you probably can't go much bigger diameter or width.
.. The Bolt is among the tightest fit for tire clearance I've ever owned. There's not really much slack in/out/up for a "bulkiest tire".
 

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If you mean Spark EV, no dice. 4 holes and weird different offsets front and rear.
I like the idea of 15" with high aspect ratio tires, but as stated below you probably can't go much bigger diameter or width.
Ah, good to know. Funny I never realized that. Perhaps the sonic tires then. The bolt could probably go a quarter inch larger on the tires. Maybe, need to go to a tire specialist to find out.
 

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Thanks for posting your photos of your drive up Maple Canyon. It's mighty beautiful up there. I hope that even if you hadn't slid off of the road that you would have paused and taken a few photos on a scenic road like this anyway. Just for fun, I wanted to share with you, my studded ice rally tires that would have served you well on this trip.
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I’m pretty sure studded tires are not recommended on this car and void certain aspects of the warranty. It’s in the manual not to use them I believe.
 
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