Piste-bashing in the KTM X-Bow R
More classic anniversary TG road trips: they said it couldn’t be done. A stupid idea. We went and did it anyway
Posted: 11 Oct 2013
Next morning, and we attack the glacier proper, squirming up to the closed roads and then fitting our secret weapon: spikes. Cajoled from a friendly rally team, these ‘Monte Carlo' spiked tyres (shorter than ‘Swedish' spikes, longer than - ahem - ‘legal' spikes), are quickly slotted onto the X-Bow. Single hub-bolts rock in sub-zero climates. Suitably dressed, we storm up the icy roads to the lift station, through a tunnel hewn under the mountain - where the spikes spark on the dry tarmac like the ghosts of dying fireflies - and out onto the glacier just as dawn is rising. If I had any spare breath, it would be duly kidnapped.