Snoqualmie Pass in Western Washington is a place notorious for winter snowfall. Here, deep in the Cascade Mountains, snow is measured in tens-of-feet, not inches, and can pile up to treacherous levels in just a matter of hours. It’s a section of Interstate 90 that’s crucial to the transportation of goods from the Port of Seattle to cities all across the nation.
It’s regularly travelled by tourists and business people and regularly claims vehicles in the steep snow embankments along the highway’s exits.
Last winter, as I pulled off the highway toward a rest stop, a red Ford Ranger had slid off the road and was buried to its fenders.
We stopped, hooked up the tow rope to the rear bumper of our Legacy, and pulled the truck to safety. The Legacy’s tow feature came in handy again on New Year’s Day, when my in-law’s Nissan Leaf got stuck in 20 inches of snow.
Getting stuck in the snow is a common occurrence. Here’s how to get out of it, even if there’s no tow vehicle nearby.