I've only seen one mention of Cooper tires, and others wanting US-made tires.
I've been through eight or ten sets of Cooper WeatherMaster ST/2 winter tires starting in 1990. I have usually gone one size taller and narrower than the stock (e.g., a 205/70 instead of a 215/65), because traction is basically pounds-per-square-inch of contact patch (push four fingers across your desktop, then just one, with the same downward pressure; you'll feel the difference). Cooper has great literature with comprehensive dimensions, but I've found the one-taller rule of thumb works well.
Cooper tires are made in Ohio. The ST/2 can be found online for around $100 per tire.
I've run them on a Tercel 4WD wagon, Corolla All-Trac wagon, and three Previa All-Trac minivans. I haven't put chains on since the late 1980s and have driven in snow up to bumper height. They are relatively quiet on dry roads, have good wet traction, and are remarkably sticky on snow and ice. With a bit of the skill and experience that others are touting in this thread, it's basically just drive to the hill, park, ski, drive home. When I lived in Bend, I had studs, but now getting to and from Squaw Valley, 145 miles from home, entails only 60 or so miles subject to snow and serious frost/ice, so I accept the compromise on ice.
Returning from BC a few years ago at the end of the year, we encountered about 100 miles of hardpacked snow on US 97 through Central Oregon, in the Previa on the tires' second season. We were passing groups of 6-10 vehicles just crawling along at 20 mph, cruising at 55 without issues. It also showed the utility of ABS in non-panic situations: a couple of times I wanted to slow down a little quicker than just letting off the throttle, and, at 55-60 mph, it was effortless to just use the brakes normally. A little soft clicking, complete stability, and slower sooner. I consider myself an expert winter driver with excellent control skills, and I'm a true believer in ABS.
The only spin I've ever had on the Coopers was a decade ago at Mt. Shasta, coming home from a springtime race in a whiteout blizzard on really moist, soapy-slick new snow. Making my way along at about 25 mph in the Corolla, I was tending toward the middle of the road due to drifts on the shoulders and really poor visibility. Came around a right-hand outside bend to see the flashing lights of the rotary snowplow coming the other way. I moved over to the right a little too abruptly, and the tail let go. Somehow, I had the instincts to let it come around rather than steer into the skid (which would have directed my little Toyota wagon right into the jaws of the rotary plow), then throw a hard-lock on the steering wheel to arrest the skid. Got on the brakes, went down a gear, and drove it through a drift to regain control. This was about as slippery as new snow gets (it was hard even to walk in it), and the Coopers were too worn for reliable traction, so that's it.