If you scroll down a bit, you'll see a picture of a debilitated red rental car covered graciously with snow. That right there is an economy-sized Mazda 2 (two-wheel drive) wearing no snow chains whatsoever. Beautiful, right?
In the 1200+ miles of riding to and from Portland, we dodged death in multiple occasions while driving/swerving through countless snowstorms and obscure highways. I can bet a dime that all of us wanted to pee our pants at some point in the trip. That being said, this was one of the craziest and exciting trips I've ever experienced. Would I do it again? Sure. Would I be in a car for 30+ hours again? Nah, plane ticket por favor.