Winter Wonderland: Exploring your City on an Electric Scooter in the Snow

Daniel Foley
Written By: Daniel Foley
Updated on: 4/23/2024
Published on: 11/10/2023

Winter is a magical season, and what better way to embrace it than by exploring your city on an electric scooter? Contrary to popular belief, riding e-scooters in the snow can be an exhilarating and unique experience.

In this article, we will debunk misconceptions, provide helpful tips, and guide you on how to prepare for winter electric scooter adventures.

The unique appeal of riding e-scooters in winter

There's something enchanting about gliding through fresh snow covered streets on an electric scooter. The familiar sights and sounds of your city transform into a wonderland. As you zip past buildings adorned with glistening snow and ice, you'll feel a sense of joy that only winter scooter rides can offer.

On electric scooter rides in winter, the cold air invigorates your senses and wakes them up. Crisp winter wind adds excitement to the journey, making rides feel like adventures. The chill reminds us of the season's magic, of childhood days spent in the snow.

The city takes on new ambiance. The sounds of car engines and bustling crowds are muffled, creating a serenity that lets you immerse yourself in the experience of the ride. The quiet of a winter landscape brings tranquility, a much-needed escape from the usual hustle of city life.

Winter scooter rides are an opportunity to witness natural beauty up-close. Snow-covered trees and bushes create picturesque backdrops, a sight to see up close at speeds of 25+ miles per hour.

From the mesmerizing arabesques of snowflakes to the invigorating winter air, as you explore snow-covered streets, you'll discover hidden beauty and find solace in winter landscapes. So, bundle up, hop on your scooter, and embark on a winter adventure like no other.


Misconceptions about riding scooters in the snow

Many people believe that riding electric scooters in the snow is unsafe or impractical. However, with the right precautions and equipment, winter riding can be both enjoyable and safe. Let's debunk some common misconceptions:

1. Scooters are not built for snowy conditions:

While it's true that e-scooters are not designed specifically for snow, they can still handle light snowfall and icy surfaces with proper care, if they have the right level of water resistance, that is.

For example, many scooters have larger, more rugged tires that provide better traction on slippery surfaces. (There are even specifically designed scooter snow tires.) Electric scooters with high deck clearance and off-road style fenders are also equipped for winter weather.

Off road electric scooters like the Varla Eagle One Pro or Kaabo Wolf Warrior X are well-suited for riding in inclement weather conditions.

2. You can easily lose control in winter conditions:

With some adjustments to your riding style and by choosing the right path, you can maintain control and stability even on snow-covered roads. While you'll want to avoid ice when riding as much as possible, a set of wide, knobby tires can minimize the risk of slipping.

It's also possible to maintain control bad weather with the right techniques. By adjusting your riding style, such as reducing your speed and avoiding sudden turns and stops, you can significantly improve your stability on an e scooter in the snow.

Additionally, choosing the right path can make a world of difference. Opting for well-plowed roads or paths that have been treated with salt or sand can provide better traction and minimize the risk of losing control. Never ride an electric scooter through deep snow or in weather conditions with very low visibility.

Riding in snow, like riding e scooters in the rain, requires a much more defensive, deliberate type of riding.

3. It's too cold to ride in the winter:

As long as you dress appropriately and keep yourself warm, you can enjoy the winter scenery without feeling uncomfortably cold.

While it's true that winter temperatures can be chilly, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on the joy of riding an e scooter. By dressing appropriately for the weather, you can stay warm and comfortable throughout your ride. Just as you wouldn't go out in winter weather without proper winter clothes, you shouldn't ride in winter without gear made for riding in inclement weather conditions.

Layering your clothing is key, as it allows you to adjust your insulation levels based on your activity level and the outside temperature. Wearing thermal or moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and a windproof outer shell can help you retain body heat and protect yourself from the cold.

Additionally, you should invest in high-quality winter cycling, motorcycle, or ski gloves, as well as a pair of waterproof boots, for winter riding.


Preparation and safety for winter electric scooter riding

Before hitting the winter wonderland, it's crucial to take some preparatory measures to ensure your safety. Here are some important steps to follow:

1. Inspect your scooter:

Ensure that your electric scooter is in good working condition, with fully inflated tires and functioning brakes.

2. Make adjustments for winter riding:

Lower the tire pressure slightly to increase traction.

3. Brake control:

Practice using the brakes gently to avoid sliding on slippery surfaces and make sure you've learned to ride your e scooter safely in different kinds of conditions.

Remember, your safety is paramount, so always wear a helmet and use appropriate reflectors or lights to enhance visibility. It's also advisable to avoid crowded areas and ride during daylight hours when visibility is better.


Essential winter riding gear

Dressing appropriately for winter riding is essential for staying warm and comfortable. Here's a checklist of must-have gear:

Wind-resistant jacket and pants:

Wear base layers to trap body heat and protect yourself from cold winds. Try wind-resistant, lightweight outer layers.

Face mask, balaclava, and goggles, or full-face motorcycle helmet:

Shield your face from windburn and frostbite, especially your ears!

Warm gloves and socks:

Opt for moisture-wicking materials to keep your hands and feet dry. Wool works best for socks and glove linings, and gloves with wind-resistant properties, such as winter cycling gloves, are ideal.

Your hands, feet and face will feel coldest, and you need to keep your fingers warm enough and flexible enough to operate the scooter's controls safely.

Remember that wind chill can make the air feel much colder in winter, especially at high speeds!

Sturdy footwear:

Choose waterproof boots with good traction to prevent slips and falls and keep your feet warm and dry.

By dressing appropriately for the weather, you'll stay comfortable throughout your winter explorations on the electric scooter.

Selecting the right electric scooter for winter riding

Not all electric scooters are created equal when it comes to winter riding. Consider the following factors before choosing the perfect electric scooter.



Look for scooters with wider and more robust tires, as they offer better traction and stability on slippery surfaces.

Ideally, you should use off-road tires for maximum traction when riding in the snow. There are even special studded tires sold for snow riding on certain e scooters.

Battery life:

Cold weather can affect battery performance, so opt for scooters with higher-capacity batteries that can handle cold temperatures. You can lose a few hours of battery life if your scooter is exposed to freezing temperatures for long periods.


Electric scooters with good suspension systems provide a smoother ride over uneven or icy terrain.

By selecting a scooter that suits winter conditions, you'll enhance your overall riding experience and ensure a safer journey.


Tips for riding in winter conditions

Riding an electric scooter in winter requires some adjustments to your usual riding habits. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind:

Slow down:

Reduce your speed and be cautious when navigating icy patches or snow-covered paths.

Corner with care:

Take turns slowly and avoid sudden movements to maintain balance. Don't make abrupt turns or you're more likely to lose traction and slide out on the ice.

Be aware of surface conditions:

Watch out for black ice, slush, or areas with compacted snow that may be especially slippery. Avoid riding in heavy snow.

Maintain distance:

Double the following distance between you and other vehicles, as braking distances will be much longer on snowy, wet, or icy surfaces. Leave extra time to stop in every situation.

Visibility is Key

Even when you're riding in bright sunlight in the winter, reflections can make it hard for drivers to see you. Make sure you have lots of lighting on your scooter, wear reflective clothing, and avoid riding at night.


Where can you go on a scooter in winter?

When exploring your city on a scooter during winter, there are plenty of exciting destinations to consider.

Parks, trails, and even bike lanes that have been cleared of fresh snow can offer picturesque routes for your winter adventures. Just be sure to check local regulations and guidelines regarding scooter usage and take note of any restrictions or possible limitations during the winter months.

Electric scooter rides can be a winter experience of their own in the cold months. They can also be an excellent way to try something you've never done before.

Take a ride into town to learn ice skating, or visit the winter attractions you've avoided in the past because traffic and parking seems to make them impossible to access.

Of course, there are plenty of places around the world where winter doesn't mean cold weather conditions and snow.

If you live in a place that stays relatively warm and dry year round then you don't need a winter scooter. And if you're looking to try out an electric scooter before you buy one this season, or just prefer leasing to buying, there's no better way to do that than Unagi's All Access Scooter Subscription.

For a small setup fee, and no contract, you can can ride your own Unagi Model One electric scooter through winter, spring, summer, and fall this year.

Battery performance and charging concerns in cold weather

Cold temperatures can affect battery performance, causing a decrease in range and overall scooter efficiency. To prolong battery life and optimize performance, follow these recommendations:


Caption: If you're worried about range during cold weather conditions, consider buying an electric scooter with a swappable battery for twice the battery life

Keep batteries warm:

Store your electric scooter in a heated area whenever possible.

Charge indoors:

Charge your scooter battery in a room temperature environment to avoid damage caused by extreme cold. Don't charge in a cold garage or basement.

Minimize long stops in the cold:

If you need to stop for an extended period, turn off your scooter to conserve battery power.

By taking care of your scooter's battery in winter, you'll ensure a longer ride each time.

Winter cleaning and maintenance tips

Winter riding can lead to salt and grime buildup on your scooter. To keep it in top shape, follow these cleaning and maintenance tips:


Clean your scooter regularly:

Keep your scooter clean to keep it working! Wipe down your electric scooter's frame, tires, and other parts with a microfiber cloth, warm water, and a light solvent to remove salt and dirt.

Lubricate moving parts:

Apply a silicone-based, waterproof lubricant to prevent rust and ensure smooth operation.

Inspect for damage:

Regularly check for any wear and tear, and address any issues promptly.

By maintaining your scooter properly, you'll extend its lifespan and be ready for more winter adventures in the future.

Conclusion: embrace winter, explore your city!

Winter doesn't have to be a time to hibernate indoors. By embracing the unique appeal of riding electric scooters in the snow, you can unlock a whole new world of adventure and excitement.

With proper preparation, safety measures, and the right gear, you can confidently explore your city on an electric scooter, even during the coldest months.

So, dress warmly, charge up your scooter, and get ready to experience the beauty of a winter wonderland like never before!

Daniel Foley
Daniel Foley

Daniel tests all the latest e-scooters and currently enjoys the Unagi Voyager as a daily driver for it's light weight, good range, and stylish look.

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