i used a few different kinds of winter tires and out of all of them i had the best deep snow and ice traction on bridgestone blizzaks. theyre not that expensive and are worth it for that peace of mind you will get.
and in sunny Southern France... when i was a boy someone tell me about snow... but i never see it (joke inside)Winter tires? You change your tires in the winter? Sorry, don't mean to poke fun. There are advantages to living in sunny Southern California.