Thanks. I am incredibly impressed with the handling and stability of this bike. Surly built it like a tank. For a relatively inexpensive bike it's pretty amazing. The owner of the bike shop told me Specialized's rollout of a fat bike has been a disaster. He took orders for 3, with assurance of delivery in the fall, Sp. keeps moving the goal post, now they are telling him late Feb. Glad I got this Surly last year, he's no longer carrying Surly.
Another option, true, I cross country ski and also snowshoe. Come to Detroit, we can have a blast. Hey, get here by tomorrow, you can join 110,000 brave souls at Michigan Stadium to watch the Red Wings and the Mapleleafs battle it out in 18 degree weather with 5-6 degree windchill and 2-3 inches of snow.