So i live in portland Oregon, about 80 miles away from Mt Hood Meadows (the ski lodge I work at at 5500 feet elevation) I usually drive or ride the bus but am interested in trying a new challenge. I want to ride up there during the heart of winter. Why? Becasue I know I can...(with the right gear that is). Ive never really ridden in much snow and don't know what i need to be prepared.
I have a Cadd3 touring series (meant for extra wide road tires, probably not MTB tires) that I could haul my snowboard up in. I think i am prepared for riding in 15 degree weather but I dont know what to do about the tires. Studds seem like a good idea but that means i would have to change my tires on the road when the snow statrs to cover it. I would just start with studds but 70 miles with studds and no snow would be silly. only the last 10 miles will be slick. Does anybody think Cross tires could work for snow and some ice? any suggestions for a ride like this?