Put the snows on and then take it easy...
Living just west of Toronto, snow is an issue. We don't seem to get as much as we once did, but putting the snow tires on is a good call. I'll be putting them on the cube mid December and off they come in March, depending on how the spring is going.
Again, as our snow cover is not constant, you do wear out the snows at a faster rate driving on the bare pavement, but they are only on the car for about 3 and a half months a year. Get yourself a good set, though softer, they will do you wonders when the snow flies. I will be getting another set of Blizzaks from Bridgestone for the cube. I have used the Blizzak for the past ten years, they certainly make for "boring" winter driving which is a good thing.
As to how the cube will handle in the slick stuff, doing hand brake turns and four wheel drifts might not be recommended -- it is lighter and has less ponies that our past cars. Being that tad lighter, it might not have the bite if you carry a bit too much speed into a corner -- I don't think the cvt will respond well to punching the throttle when powering through a turn.
I've had my fun flogging cars around in the snow, now I just want to relax in the cube lounge, take it easy and arrive with minimum fuss.