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Marc Bujold

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Outdoor and Automotive enthusiast with 80 mile daily commute in Vermont. Weekends usually spent skiing and snowboarding in the mountains. 

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Tire road noise: Summer tires vs. Winter tires

Today was the day for which I have been waiting a long time: when I can finally put summer tires on the GTI. The boys at Vianor in Williston took my studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 winter tires off…

The winter that never was.

We got our first big dump recently and as you can see from the picture it wasn’t very deep. I fired up my snowblower twice the season. To say it was a weak winter in terms of snowfall is an understatem…

In South Florida for the Snowpocalypse

The big east coast storm missed Vermont entirely. Not that it mattered as I was in South Florida for the weekend and driving a rear wheel drive Dodge Challenger. It was fun to get the rear tires to spi…

A gap crossing to ring in the New Year

Finally got my first winter driving experience in the new GTI with my studded Hakkapeliitta 8s. On New Year’s day, I went skiing with a buddy at Sugarbush. We were on the first chair and out before the…

The winter that never was, has finally ended

We had no snow in VT through Christmas. I got plenty of road time on my new Hakkapeliitta 8s in dry and wet conditions but little to no time in below freezing temps. I was so focused on the dry roa…

In Vermont, studs are the way to go.

My kids are now driving so I got a third car. I needed something that is practical, that the whole family could drive, and is fuel efficient. I recently sold my motorcycle (too many distracted drivers…

Another winter tire season has come to an end

With one more road trip to Maine for my parent’s 50th anniversary, I logged another 400 miles in 24 hours on my Hakkapeliitta 8s. Conditions were dry and warm and my Volkswagen Passat TDI return…

500 rough miles in 24 hours

I did a lightning trip to Maine to see family, ski, and go snowmobiling. I couldn’t afford to be gone from my family for the whole weekend so I left after work on Friday and drove straight through. The…

March 15th: Getting to Sugarbush in Freezing Rain

A buddy and I went to Sugarbush today to get some fresh tracks. A weird system had rolled through overnight causing rain, sleet, freezing rain, and ultimately snow. We met at 6:45AM and took the highwa…

715 Miles with Precious Cargo

This last weekend I took my twin daughters and their two friends from Boston to Northern Maine for a three day weekend snowmobile adventure. We had a ton of gear so instead of my VW Passat, we loaded t…

I hate tire boogers

As much as I love my Nokian winter tires and the safety they provide, I hate a side effect of having them: tire boggers. For lack of a better word, tire boogers are the nasty ice, salt, snow, and…

A snowy week

Literally every day this week there were snowy roads on my commute. I had to fire up my snowblower both in the morning before I left and in the evening when I returned. I saw some crazy drivers and car…

Ap Gap

There is no better test of winter tires than the ap gap after a fresh snow. The road has off-camber turns, frost heaves, hairpins, and in general is poorly maintained. I like nothing more than driving…

Night skiing at Bolton Valley

My daughters and two of their friends went night skiing Friday night at a local area called Bolton Valley. We had gotten 6 inches of snow during the day and it was still snowing. I was looking for…

Dry handling and braking with studded tires

One of the beefs that people have with studded tires is that they handle poorly and extend braking distances. I have found this to not be the case. An argument can be made that they handle better t…

Nuclear Cold

Today was crazy cold here in VT. As I rolled along the highway I was confident knowing that my Nokian tires had been tested north of the Arctic Circle and would offer the same performance even though i…

WRG3s in Virginia

Over the Christmas holiday I went to Washington DC to visit my sister. She is one of the few drivers in the area equipped with legitimate winter tires: Nokian’s WRG3 a tire that can be used all year ro…

“I can’t afford winter tires”

Last week, a sudden squall that left a dusting during morning rush hour caused an apocalypse on I-89. The press coverage was the usual deal: Vermont State Police say roughly 30 crashes happened on…

I had to get a new ride.

After amonth of commuting 80 miles per day, it was clear that a 90K mile Audi Q7 was not going to be a good choice. 20 mpg highway was good for an SUV but the vehicle required super. More importantly,…

Bring on the snow and ice!

The summer in Vermont was wonderful and a great opportunity to use two of Nokian’s non-winter Products. I ran 20” Nokian Z SUVs (pictured) on the Audi Q7 and 17” Nokian eNTYRES on the Subaru Outback. B…

The sun sets on another winter tire season.

We awoke to two inches of snow and ice yesterday. And while most of it was gone by the end of the day, the late snow proved yet again that in northern Vermont it is worth waiting at least until April 2…

Rock Salt is not the Answer. Winter tires are.

As another winter storm approaches, I am reminded that America needs to end its love affair with salting roads. In addition to being bad for the environment, it is bad for vehicles and equipment. State…

550 Miles in the Northcountry

A winter weekend trip to visit family in Northern Maine is a 4.5 hour jaunt across the frost heave covered secondary roads of Northern New England. It can be taxing in daylight hours and good weather b…

Icy Roads don't “Cause” Accidents

One thing that always amazes me is how the mainstream media misreports winter accidents. Almost consistently they blame winter time accidents on “bad road conditions”.  Rarely do the press stories ment…

It ain’t no Hakkapeliitta

One of the benefits of having an Audi is that when my car gets serviced, I get a loaner vehicle. So when the Q7 went in for a repair this week, the nice folks at Audi South Burlington gave me a sweet 2…

The Appalachian Gap and the Hakkapeliitta R2 SUVs

There is no better tire test than Vermont’s Appalachian Gap (Ap Gap) after a snowfall. Even in summer, the pavement is pretty crappy with frost heaves that almost always seem to be located in mid hairp…

Road trip!

One of the perils of having an Italian motorcycle in Vermont is that the closest service center is over 200 miles away. As moto season winds down and I pass 36K miles, it is time to take it in for a ma…

I used to dread changeover season.

As a “spirited” driver, I enjoy fast cornering and braking late and deep. Moving from my grippy summer tires to spongy winters was always a day of disappointment. My previous experience with studless w…