Book a Winterized Modo for the Holidays!
Guest blog written by Modo Member and Ambassador Nicola Grice.
Winter Weather & Modo
With most of Canada soon to be wrapped up in the Old Man Winter’s deep freeze, it’s a great time to get prepared before the snow hits.
When I’m not training and running marathons, you’ll find me up in the mountains or wandering through the forests. It doesn’t matter if it’s rain, snow or shine. I always have skis, crampons, micro-spikes, snowshoes, hardcore hiking boots, and luckily access to over 700 Modo vehicles.
Vancouver averages 168 days of precipitation (rain or snow) annually. From October 1 to March 31, drivers must have winter tires on their vehicles while travelling on most highways in B.C, and both Cypress and Seymour Mountains reserve the right to send you back down the mountain if your vehicle doesn’t have the appropriate tires.
Meteorologists aren’t fortune tellers but when they’re calling for several days of snow at higher elevations, the mountains call my name and I must go…. Admittedly, I have recently been doing my snow dance too!
The fleet team at Modo has been busy preparing the vehicles for winter so that we can be safe on the roads. Modo currently offers 100+ vehicles equipped with winter tires, including the entire fleet in Kelowna. When booking your Modo online, you can use a filter search to include winter tires, all-wheel drive, and even a roof rack for your snow gear! This made it really easy to find a Modo with winter tires, heated seats, and steering wheels which is an added bonus from the cold weather outside.
Earlier this week, my two friends and I booked a winterized Modo and headed up to Cypress Mountain to hike Cabin Lake with the first fresh snowfall of the season. There’s just something wonderful about walking through fresh snow! We hit heavy fog around the high view lookout on Cypress Bowl Road and slushy snow not long after that. The winterized Hyundai Tucson SUV handled the conditions perfectly all the way up the mountain.
Pro-Tips from Nicola
- Large & Loadables: If your friend count for winter adventures suddenly multiplies, you can take a roomier Modo like the Toyota Sienna (photographed above). My friends and I tend to refer to this vehicle as ‘The Tank’ because it’s perfect for all types of adventures!
- Lower Overnight Rates: Only pay for 2.5 hours of drive time from 7pm-9am. It’s perfect for early morning starts or when you need the vehicle the night before a hike!
- Poparide: Heading to a common destination like the North Shore mountains or Whistler with room to spare? You can help offset the cost of your booking by putting your empty seats up on Poparide. It’s a great way to meet new people too!
Don’t forget that in the winter, it gets dark, cold, and icy so there are more factors to consider before heading out. Ensure your cold weather adventures are as much fun as your summer ones. Check the weather reports (a no-brainer!) and also apply this to the trail(s) you’re planning to explore. Fail to prepare and prepare to fail!
A great list of resources can be found here and remember to check for avalanche warnings and information about the area that you’ll be hiking on avalanche.ca. If in doubt postpone the adventure to another day! Or, check out the 10 hiking essentials from North Shore Search & Rescue.