I live in Iowa and we've recently received almost 2 feet of snow all in 1-2 days and since I recently got a 2010 Element, it seemed like a good opportunity to see what it was like in the snow.
I live on some back country roads with a lot of turns, slopes, blind corners, etc and the Element handled everything beautifully. There are a few corners I remain cautious of due to previous encounters in my old car, but the Element never stepped out of line and made it around easily.
Even on slick ice, nothing trumped the Element. Not far from our house there is a hill that goes down at a 45+ degree grade and turns sharply as you go down, then when you get to the bottom, it continues to wrap around and finally goes back up hill so it basically makes a big 'U' shape. The other morning things warmed up a bit then re-froze making the curving hills look like a polished ice rink. I stopped the Element at the top, put it in first gear, then released the gas and brake and the thing crawled down without any problems or slipping. Then when I had to continue to turn and go back up the steep icy slope, I felt the front wheels slip, then the RT4WD must have kicked in because it plowed it's way back up without a problem...all this on stock tires too.
I've taken this thing through 8-10 inches of wet packed snow and it went through without any issues. I gotta say I'm impressed, for a vehicle with modest horsepower, relatively low ground clearance, and stock tires, it sure gets around in the winter very well.