So we've got hit with a full day of moderate snowfall as our usual Pacific systems that dump rain on us is dumping snow thanks to the Arctic high that's sending cold enough air to the coast to have the precipitation fall a snow. Depending on where you are, you may have a snow depth of 30-70+cm (or more. I haven't checked the latest snowfall amounts on the east side of Vancouver Island or along the foothills of the Cascades). Anyway, so this gave me a good chance to try out the Nokian Hakkapeliita WR (bought 1st Dec 2007) once again. They impressed me last year with the first snowfall of the year with compact snow and ice patches. Now it's time to put them to the test again with deep, loose snow. In addition, it's time to put the TRAC to the test again. We all know the differences betwen TRACs so I'm not gonna devulge in that again. Just know that I somehow, magically (We've haven't solved the mystery as to why the program switched from a "kill switch" to a "slip n' grip") have the "newer" program. For the most part, it went well. I've got stuck twice and that's because there really was deep snow (I'm talking about maybe a foot of loose snow that the snow plow shoved aside as it plowed the main street so getting out of side streets were problematic). Otherwise, in an unplowed empty parking lot, I can dig through the snow with ease. The TRAC has gotten a lot smooth than I last remember. It used to be quite jerky as the ABS brakes the wheel and the ECU retards the throttle in an attempt to gain traction. Braking wasn't an issue. I can brake light to moderately and get good traction without engaging ABS. I had no problems climbing hills with loose snow. Just hold the throtte steady and let TRAC do its thing and I crawled up at 20-30km/h. The front end was completely covered in snow (who needs pipe foam? lol). I just left it there and treated it as me covering the lower grille. It helped with getting heat into the cabin faster though! (even though it weighs more than foam in terms of the extra weight I have to carry). Overall, I'm impressed with the performance of the tyres and the TRAC. VSC never engaged unintentionally (i.e. without me tapping the footbrake and inducing a slide). The ground clearance is more of an annoyance as I'm definitely sweeping the centre of the road (between the tracks) with the Prius. I can't imagine how it would perform with dedicated winter tyres but as a compromise, Nokian has done well. Now if only Nokian would make some WRG2s in the sizes for my smart.