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Old 01-10-2013, 10:46 PM
audiophool audiophool is offline
BMWs since '87
Location: Chestermere AB Canada
 
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Mein Auto: 2008 535xi (LCI)
Assuming it's an oil-patch related move...

I've lived in the Calgary area for 48 years and drove RWD cars exclusively from the '80s until 2007 when the AWD bug bit me (first with an Infiniti). Good winter tires and you'll be fine. Nokian R, Michelin Xi3 or the like would be the trick. Don't really need 'snow' tires per se, ice tires are your friend here. We don't typically get deep snow, but when we do the city is loathe to plow side streets for ages, so clearance can become an issue, not that I've ever been badly troubled by it.

One bonus (if you can call it that) about Calgary winters is periodic warm spells called Chinooks. Temperature can go from -30C to +15C or more in a few hours. And if you're a migraine sufferer, watch out - they're accompanied by extreme low pressure which plays havoc for those so afflicted.

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