Well, to each their own. A ridiculously fun, fast AWD wagon w/ room for lots of friends and gear is an awesome setup for most of us..
And as far as how high-HP vehicles do in snow, it depends on the driver. My friend (the owner of that XT) does have a cobb accessport w/ different programs to run the engine, all changeable from the driver's seat, and he has one in particular that can power through just about anything slowly, the same way 4wd low works..
I think its sick,and I'm picking one up soon!