Thanks! That's EXACTLY the info I was looking for and has helped make my decision. Now to find local prices...-I can tell you from experience, going from a dedicated snow tire BACK to an all-season in the snow is NOT cool.
-The "studless ice & snow" tires are very aggressive in the snow and ice, but most of them handle poorly in dry conditions and wear down relatively quick.
-The "performance winter" tires sacrifice a slight amount of extreme snow traction for better control and handling in dry conditions, as well as a longer treadlife.
-My Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2s are considered "performance winter" tires and are on their 4th season (about 16K miles).[/b]