rsport_paul wrote:I once went to Runcorn Dry Ski slope, does that count?
I did that when I first learned to ski. Better to learn the basics in the UK so you can enjoy your first holiday in the resort properly. What's the point of travelling hundreds of miles and paying all that money just to spend hours with some instructor telling you how to put your boots on, how to fit them in the ski bindings and learning to snowplough stop - all in some kind of funny mix of German and English mixed language. Nope, learn the basics here and then enjoy how forgiving real snow is afterwards. Just be careful not to fall, put your hand out to catch yourself on the matting and then break your thumb as it gets trapped in the matting but your body is still moving forward. Done that, been there - it's called Hillend Thumb up here in Scotland after the big dry ski centre outside Edinburgh in the Pentland Hills. The NHS people went the extra mile and made a bespoke splint for me that slipped into my glove to protect my hand and thumb - how good is NHS Scotland? Very, very good.
Gdank wrote:Ok I think we can all agree socks or chains are not good compared to a good tyre. However for me it's more an emergency situation where I'm caught out and about and it snows. In that situation and assume I've still got normal 22" wheels and summer tyres .... would me carrying socks be any benefit? Or will I just be stuck ?
22" fat summer tyres in snow, even with AWD = going nowhere and looking a right dip. Same combination + snowsocks and you will just about get out of trouble providing conditions are not too awful, the gradient isn't too steep and you're not planning to travel far. They will give you a bit of traction to get you out of trouble. Better than nothing.
As for buying some proper winter tyres now for the 22" wheels - that's looking like a challenge. Just checked my usual websites and they're all sold out. They only stock a limited supply as, for cash flow reasons, they don't want to be stuck with excess stock after the winter has ended. MyTyres.com, Camskill and Black Circles don't have any....