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Just had to buy new all season tires and that got me checking the tread of my winter tires and noticed they need to be replaced to.

Searched around a bit and looks like the Bridgestone blizzak are called the best with the michelin x ice a close second.

I had studded avalanche brand for the past few years and had no complaints. But I think I'm going to go stud less as its more driving in heavy snow I need to worry about.

Anybody have a good snow tire recommendation?

I'm also wondering if this is a bad time of year to be looking and if waiting til fall would be better.
 

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I just got the cross climate 2 as my regular tires.

I read they were good in snow.

I drive to and from work on the highway usually before the plows get started so not sure if sticking with them as winter would be enough but I'm going to search it now.
But I bought them with a new set of aftermarket aluminum wheels since it was only a little more for wheels and tires online than just the tires at my local shops and the salt will mess them up
 

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Im in the north east.
We usually get snow storms and rarely ice storms.
Can get a few inches up to 3ft. But im usually out at odd hours and down side streets that they dont plow until last. As well as the highway early in the morning when they have barely plowed if at all.
Never had any issues with my current snow tires the treads just to low to be useful in the anow anymore.

I dont think the studs are needed plus they are just to loud.
 

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I've been running the Bridgestone for several years now. WS 80 and just bought WS 90 last fall. I always ran all seasons before, but there's no comparison between winter and the best all seasons. No contest.
That said, I have no experience with those Michelin Cross Climate tires. And I personally would stay away from studs. They tear hell out of the roads and you don't need them 99.99% of the time. And my experience with snow tires is the good ones do reasonably well on ice, if you have to drive on it.
 

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My recommendation is running at least 3-4 months Tampa or maybe West Palm Beach. Or even Ocala if you need something cheaper. The best snow tires are the ones on someone else's car while I take a siesta under a palm tree :p :p
 

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I keep researching but still keep coming back to the blizzak.

Tried getting quotes either they say they are back ordered or don't call back.
Only 1 shop had them but at a premium price.

So it's actually cheaper to order them online then pay a local mobile tire install guy to do it in my driveway for $40 a wheel. And not waste part of a precious summer day off dealing with a tire shop.

It's probably a bad time of year to be shopping for snow tires but now it's on my radar
 

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I keep researching but still keep coming back to the blizzak.

Tried getting quotes either they say they are back ordered or don't call back.
Only 1 shop had them but at a premium price.

So it's actually cheaper to order them online then pay a local mobile tire install guy to do it in my driveway for $40 a wheel. And not waste part of a precious summer day off dealing with a tire shop.

It's probably a bad time of year to be shopping for snow tires but now it's on my radar
Did you check Walmart.com? They carry a bunch of brands. When I've previously priced out tires would usually be cheaper than other places.

I've bought online from them, had tires shipped to Walmart store with tire install center for them to install.

COSTCO seems to often run Bridgetone discount - $150 off through July 24th
 

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Read a few things about the blizzaks having a short tread life and only havng half the tread the soft special rubber then its just a meh snow tire the second half.
So now im leaning towards the michelin x-ice snow.

Ive checked all around for prices.
Costco is the cheapest but closest is at least 100 miles each way and google reviews make out like you need to make an appointment a month or more out.
 

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Im in the north east.
We usually get snow storms and rarely ice storms.
Can get a few inches up to 3ft. But im usually out at odd hours and down side streets that they dont plow until last. As well as the highway early in the morning when they have barely plowed if at all.
Never had any issues with my current snow tires the treads just to low to be useful in the anow anymore.

I dont think the studs are needed plus they are just to loud.
You omitted where in the NE.

3 feet of snow on the roads? Cool.

Studs are nice in northern Canada (not Canada, NORTHERN Canada) but are probably not necessary in most of southern Canada except near ski resorts and high mountain passes. Studs also wear down road surfaces.

In some parts of north east USA, you could probably get by just fine with 4-season M&S tires like the Michelin LTX Defenders.
 

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I think im going to stay with a studded tire the more I think about it, likely the nokian Hakkapeliita.
As much as I hate listening to studded tires, in reality we do get freezing rain at least a few times and I will be driving in it
 

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Michelin Cross Climate 2..... Winter before last, in central Pennsylvania, it had snowed while I was at work, and couldn't make it home due to the long hill, and poor all weather coopers I had so the following summer, I had the Michellins put on, which were a little pricey, but didn't have a problem the whole Winter of 21/ 22
 
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