masterhatinso no studs really? looking to move to bend for the winter, 1st time, 4 runner with good tires should be fine??? pumped to check out bachelor!
Do you know how to drive in the snow/ on icy roads? Are you experienced? Then youll be fine. the issue is, and this is a really good reason to get studs, you arent always careful driving. When you are from lowlands and only have to deal with snow wen you go skiing, you automatically are paying attention to the road conditions. But when you live someplace where ice and snow are a constant you can get comfortable driving, and wont always want to be taking your time.
JuliusJUh get studs. Having grown up in Bend, I can tell you black ice is so prevalent in the area. Theres so much freezing, thawing, and refreezing that happens. Yeah, they are a little annoying sounding, but if the majority of your driving during the winter is crossing the pass and up to Bachelor, get them.
Side note, have fun! Bachelor gets actually pretty decent snow (I would argue better than Hood/rest of a lot of the Cascades, but I'm biased) and the park has a sick flow! Features can sometimes be a little wacky, but the amount of features and way they're laid out is awesome.
Folks visiting, studs arent needed. Studs are needed for folks living up there. If you are just visiting, just get some well siped all weather tires and pay attention to wtf youre doing. Ive driven in some heinous conditions in and around bend and would generally only get loose when id get out of the rut on a packed-snow-ice highway.
But then again there is always the thinking of better safe than sorry... so you just gotta look at how often youll be driving in icy conditions- studs do NOTHING for snow.