I live in Alaska and travel 1,500 each month on average. We have an average snowfall of 75.5 inches. My 2008 Forester Sports XT was lowered throughout the winter and it was FINE. I do agree with having enough ground clearance for crappy parking lots and such, but 20 inches of snowfall is kind of a ridiculous example. Lowered or not, 20 inches will still need to be overcome. This past winter was record-setting snowfall and my 2011 WRX was fine. It wasn't the snow that got it, but the ice.
Current Forester is VERY nice and the 2014 just looks like everything I enjoy about the current Forester and current Impreza. Keep those pics coming, Hip! They're on-topic. A Forester is a Forester is a Forester, sons!