I've had pretty good luck with kuhmo line. I've had the 4x's & now I have the AST's on. I have not had the AST's in the snow yet though so I cant help there, but seeing as you live in LA, that should not be a factor.
'14 Tuxedo Black ST3
'13 Ingot Silver Escape Titanium AWD
'04 CD Silver SVT, #877, 1 of 135 May 2011 ROTM, FF11: Best Display, Best of Show; AFN12: Best SVT, Best Audio, Finest Five, Carlisle Nifty Fifty