I haven't done much riding in snow and am considering doing an MTB ride tomorrow morning after 10" of snow yesterday. The trail is fairly well traveled by hunters and cyclists so I expect it will be somewhat broken in, but what are some tips for riding in these conditions? I'm running a Specialized Roll-X Pro 2.1 in the rear and a WTB Mutanoraptor 2.4 up front. Clothing I have handled but I'm wondering if I should attempt this (13.6mi moderate-expert trail, that I know fairly well)... theres a 1.8mi practice loop I am going to start out on to get a feel for trail conditions but I guess I am a bit nervous about the possibility of it being quite slick.
low tyre pressure, rug up and go for it. Riding through packed down snow is fun, if it gets deeper than your tyres it starts to get hard to pedal. Lower gears, spin fast and have fun ! If it has melted and re-frozen it can be very slippery due to ice.
I went out today and had a blast. It was 40 so a lot of the snow had melted off the trail. Maybe 4-5" tops in some areas, pretty heavy + rideable. Had a few wipeouts but most were low speed, and falling in the snow doesn't really hurt at all. All in all a lot of fun though pretty slow going. I was surprised my very low tread profile Mutanoraptor did as well as it did--I guess when its this slick it doesn't really matter what you run!