My '98 Outback has never let me down. Snow and ice are easy, the most challenging thing I've ever taken it on is that weird ass oil clay shit in Southeast Utah on backpacking trips. Anyone know what I'm talking about? In canyon country, the roads are made of this shit that gets slicker than solid ice when it rains, so even with 4wd you're basically drifting side to side and looking down a 1,000 ft drop off on one side. Gnarly.
AWD obviously isn't as nice as 4WD, but with a good driver, AWD and a bit of ground clearance is good enough to go anywhere that I need to go for snowboarding. Probably the worst thing about my car is that I always get stuck driving because all of my buddies have fucking sissy ass wannabe race-cars with 2 inches of clearance that puss out on the snow and ice.