Personally, I don't want to take my sled out unless there is at least 6 inches on the ground. It snowed today, got warm, now it's cold again. Turned the snow into a good solid base. Now, if it would snow 6 inches tonight, I'd be out riding all day tomorrow!!
IMO, ground needs to be 100% "SOLID" otherwise you will be seeing ski marks and track spinning marks ( yes, its still there from last year for me lol ) anyways for me solid ground frozen plus 4 inches of sloopy wet snow then freezes it up, then good to go!
sled set up, if you have a boggy wheel rear end then you need basicly 0 snow
slide suspension you need I think 3" min
Mountian sleds due to paddle tracks, and some who pull wheels off need I say 1 foot.
If you can ride with out slidder damage and over heating, then you have enough snow
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