My SE Sport is still doing fine on the OEM Conti's (winter #2). I am certainly getting something different after this season. They simply aren't very good tires.
At least on level roads.
The traction control definitely has to be turned-off for me to make any incline in packed snow. I just wish there were a simple switch or button to defeat the TC instead of going through the menus. Not a good thing when already driving in less-than-stellar conditions.