How deep are your pockets? There's all that and more. First things first, how are your winter driving skills? To get aquainted with driving on ice pick an empty parking lot with no curbs and put yourself in a skid to see how you and the car react. Basically put yourself in an uncontrolled situation in a controlled environment. Get familiar with how the car reacts to varies conditions. Then go out and find some fun things to do, don't get discouraged by the short days we have up here.