Joined: Mon Dec 13, 2004 12:15 am Posts: 153 Location: SoCal
Whatever camera you get, don't use any of the auto modes when shooting snow. While you'll get an ok picture with them, cameras attempt to expose everything as 12 - 18% grey. So when you shoot snow, you're camera will be overwhelmed by all the reflective light bouncing off the snow and will try to underexpose and make the snow not white, but grey.
Anyhow, this guy does a much better job of explaining it than I do: