Packed snow - Endomorph, but you'll likely need to make some changes to be able to run them
Icy - Nokian Studded tires
I recommend starting out with the fattest tire you can run on your frame and running low pressures. It's surprising how much more grip in the snow you can get when you drop to low pressures (start at 15 and add or release air as you see fit).
Climbing really depends on conditions. On a 26er, I used to run WTB Timberwolf 2.7's...you can still find 2.5's...basically the biggest tire out there that has a folding bead. Of course it would have to fit your frame.
On a 29er, I used to run Nevegals, or more recently WTB WW 2.55, or Racing Ralph 2.4.
Wide rims....wide rims...wide rims... the key. I have had good luck on Deer Creek in past years because a community of snowshoers and hikers seems to pack it down. WAY prefer the snowshoers. In general, rolling plains stuff in the burbs that is totally lame in the summer can be fun and challenging with 6" or so of the white stuff layin' around... All about finding stuff that is frozen. This ambiguous 40's - 50degree stuff lately with old leftover snow is sort of useless for trails...and I seem to have developed an adversity to road. At least tonight is 20's again so I can ride the frozen mud tomorrow morning...setting the alarm early I think. :thumbsup:
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