I am planning on going snowboard a lot this winter, and I'm posting yet another one of these threads. Now I can get a older Subaru for around $2500 and put winter tires on it, but I am wondering if it is necessary. I tried looking but I couldn't find a post of someone talking about how well their focus st can get up the mountain. The road to my mountain is very very very very twisty and is around 15 miles long. This is all while going uphill. I have never really driven my car very much in the snow. Is there no problem with just putting on snow tires or is there any concern and so I should go with an older Subaru outback with snow tires. Also my town doesn't really use salt for the roads they use sand.