Originally Posted by raptor1956
I had no problems with the stock Conti's for the first 3 or so snow events but this last one, about 8 inches, was bad for me. I had to be at the airport for a trip and parking the car was a chore that required repeated rocking back and forth and the DCT, which has given me no problems up till now, doesn't like to be worked like that and I smelled clutch smoke.
Most of my previous cars were similarly marginal in snow so that nothing new. The Conti's are OK until the snow deeper than a few inches or is particularly slippery. Using winter tires in the winter make sense expect that even in snowy SLC the roads are free from snow 95% of the time in the winter so studs are a bad choice.
I wonder about chains...
8 inches of snow, all bets are off. At that point even clearance alone is an issue. Eventually all that snow your front end is pushing, is going to stop the car. I've seen AWD cars with winters on get stuck in that snow.