Well, I had pretty good luck on my winter tire search. Purchased these as you see them. Had to drive 2.5 hours to get them but saved myself $280 doing so. Tread depth puts them closer to an all season but that's OK with me for the money spent.

The GTI will now be able to travel in snow. With the temps below 45° my Copper RS3-S tires were hard as rocks and not too good in really cold drizzle.