So in my job hunt search I have found a perfect company and job, though I have not gotten it yet. Thinking about making the move and committing if I get it - though it'd have me moving from NY area to Madison, WI

Any recommendations on a fun, snow capable, stick shift car to buy if I happen to actually make the move there?

Also, would I really need the WRX STI or would the STI be just as good/fast?