First Name: Richard
My RZR: 2018 XP4 Turbo
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Aztec, NM
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Re: Anyone else dissatisfied with Polaris AWD in snow?
It takes 1/20 turn of rear wheel slip to engage the front drive, hardly any at all, it will then stay engaged until the front wheel speed matches the rear wheel speed and the tension is released form the rollers (a throttle blurp, or stop ), even if you turn the switch off, it will still stay engaged until the tension is released from the rollers, it really functions quite well, but it doesn't drive exactly like a 4wd truck.
The problem you are seeing on downhill is from no throttle being applied to actually drive the front wheels, or so little that the rear wheel speed isn't fast enough to drive the machine, so you get the skipping effect and the machine starts to slide toward the path of least resistance.
Blurp the throttle to slip the rears & engage the front wheels before you start down hill, that will keep tension on the rollers and keep the front drive engaged, then keep a small amount of throttle in it while descending to keep the clutches engaged, and stay off the brakes.
In short...throttle up!
I've never been dissatisfied with the AWD operation in snow to answer your original question.