Winter has forcefully arrived in most of the northern US. This is not the time to hide inside. Get out, face the cold, and feel the excitement of sliding down a mountain with two narrow boards attached to your feet. What's the ideal ski-trip car?

The original Audi Quattro is a snow driver's delight: stable, powerful, and possessive of a maniacally grippy all-wheel-drive system back when such things were the property of trucks and AMC Eagles. It'll fit four good friends comfortably and haul to Killington or Vail regardless of weather in speed, security and a good bit of retro style — a perfect match for those vintage jackets and Vuarnet sunglasses. Roof racks are widely available.

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