The last few winters there has always been ice on the trail at some point. Doesn't matter which trail. Depending on the tire/# studs, you'll get a varying degree of traction on ice, but it makes it so the trail is rideable. You generally don't want to ride studded tires on pavement, but I think as long as you aren't skidding or otherwise being foolish you should be ok. Last year I went with Ice Spiker Pros which have like 400 studs/tire, and the difference is amazing. This is NOT a fat bike tire, only a 2.25" or 2.6" but I was able to ride on groomed snow with ice.. I think most fat bike studded tires have around 200 or less studs/tire.
Last year I purchased studded tires for my fat bike and loved them. So much more grip and confidence than in years past. I got the 45NRTH Dillinger 4's 120tpi with 240 studs each. They aren't really much heavier than my Nate's, even with the studs, and not much more rolling resistance either. Best money I ever spent.I'm already using them this year!
Oh, and you could consider running a bigger tire in front if your bike supports it... they don't have to match.
I believe the Dillinger 5 is actually 4.5"
I'd also like to point out the importance of helping the groomers. There are some times in the snow season where everyone would have more and better riding if they joined the grooming efforts. You should consider snow shoes as one of the must do fat bike purchases.
Quote from: imwjl on November 07, 2019, 01:52 PMI'd also like to point out the importance of helping the groomers. There are some times in the snow season where everyone would have more and better riding if they joined the grooming efforts. You should consider snow shoes as one of the must do fat bike purchases.Well, I have no idea how to help with that, but I'm certainly open to doing so! (Adding snow shoes to the list)Are "grooming days" posted here? Or where would I get the info needed?