These are true winter tires. They will certainly handle any winter condition but also drive fine when the roads are clear or the in shoulder season. They do get somewhat noisy as they wear. My car is heavy and AWD so it seems to wear these tires faster than other cars. After one winter season (SEPT-APRIL), they were half worn all around. After the second winter season, the fronts are still 'ok' for one more season, but the rears are basically bald. I may have failed to adjust the tire pressure during temperature changes and this may be the reason for that.
Over a foot of snow on my street this winter. I drive up the street to my driveway. Stop dead and then reverse slowly down my driveway and into the garage (with a 2" lip) without slipping. Sure this is AWD helping, but the tires were very important too.
I got 26,000 KM (16,000 miles) out of a set of these tires. That's not very good treadwear life, but other factors can come into play. I also ran them 3 months into the spring/summer season which I shouldn't have.
I'm going to buy more of these for next winter and pay closer attention to tire pressure.