Originally Posted by Chet
The winter tires they have available today are a world of difference to the old snow tires. They have a softer rubber compound that can really improve they ability to drive in the snow and even somewhat on ice. One year I ended up trying to use all season tires in the winter because they were brand new and I had worn out my Blizzak tires the winter before. Bad idea. Between the softer rubber compound and the aggressive tread, I won't go without them in the winter.
For The last year of college, I got my daughter a '95 BMW 530 with an automatic transmission, and put a pair of Blizzak's on the rear. This was in Rochester NY, and she would pass AWD SUV's with all season tires that were stuck in the snow. The automatic transmission was the only real problem with that car. I don't know how much snow you get in Montana compared to Rochester or Somerset county, but I would think that people who live there know more about driving in the snow.