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Anybody using all season tires? Recommendations?

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Here in my area, the earliest snow flurries can come as early as the first week in October. Last year, the last snow that stuck came as late as Memorial Day weekend. That was unusual, but we do get snow that sticks until mid April normally.

Which means that, unless you want a Stingray to be a strictly 6 month a year drive, some all season or snow tires are advisable, on a second set of wheels. For a pure winter tire, I see that a Michelin Alpin PA4 is available in z51 sizes, but going out and intentionally driving the Stingray in mid winter snow would seem crazy.

I am looking for an all season tire to fit on a second set of wheels that would get me past the "not recommended below freezing temperatures" limitation of the stock Michelins that come with the car, and allow me to get around on clear cold weather days, and get home if an inch or two of snow were to suddenly come out of nowhere. I am leaning toward the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, an "Ultra High Performance" all season tire which comes in Z51 sizes, seem reasonably priced at Tirerack, and of all the all season tires, have a higher than average snow traction rating. They are UTQG rated 540 A A .

Anyone have any experience with all season tires, especially in light snow, and how they perform in dry roads? I would refit the summer tires to the car in warm weather months. But wouldn't it be nice to take a mid winter break, drive the Stingray to a warm weather location in mid winter for a couple of weeks, and be able to drive home again and make it up a recently plowed hill?
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No, I have heard nothing negative about the Pirelle Sottozeros, and in fact they are an excellent winter performance tire. But I am not planning on driving the car on packed snow, or fresh snow. Only looking for something with some snow capability in the event I am away from home and a snow squall shows up before I can get home. And also looking for some dry road capability if I get lazy and don't immediately change to summer tires in the Spring.

The first radial tires I ever bought were Pirelli CN72 tires in 1968. Put them on a C2 Corvette, and the performance difference was amazing. Back in those days, GM put two ply bias ply tires on Corvettes, no different than a Chevy Bel Air. And given that I was a poor college student, I wore them out entirely, and had two of them re-capped as snow tires. Can you imagine that?
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