We have a pretty good amount of snow out on the trails here in Freeland Pa and I`d have to say I`ve been surprised more than a few times on what my 550 XP has gotten me through. There have been a couple hills I wasn`t even going to attempt, but I had to at least try and somehow this machine claws its way to the top. I`m talking full throttle tires spinning snow flying and it keeps forward momentum! Not to mention we have a crusty layer of ice on top of close to a foot of snow. I put my Bighorns back on because the STI Outbacks were a little to narrow and road a little to harsh for me. Not sure if its the Bighorns or the machine itself but I`d have to say I`ve been more than happy with its capabilities in the snow so far. How do you guys rate your XP`S performance in the snow?