Originally Posted by RabidWombat
It might also be driving style.
The AWD system works best when you've got your foot on the gas, that way the system has power to distribute. If you're coasting, the AWD system is nearly useless.
I'm basically a novice when it comes to serious winter conditions, so if people from the snowy parts could comment on driving style differences between RWD/FWD/AWD it might be helpful.
I agree that maintaining some gas helps the car go where you point it. I was actually trying to get the car to lose its cool this AM and again even with stock tires it pretty much went where I pointed it. This was with a good 4-5 inches on the street. With snow tires I have to believe it would be better.