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First, we're talking about driving on ice, and I don't understand the acceleration issue. With ice driving, the trick is just to stay on the road.
With my 280, I just left it in Winter mode all year. If I wanted to accelerate, I just stepped on the throttle and the car went. Basically, it would downshift.
Winter mode starts in 2nd gear and upshifts earlier. With ice, you're better off starting in 3rd or 4th, which of course, you can't do with an automatic.
In any case, winter mode and normal mode are just one toggle switch away from each other anyway. When the road is good and the weather is above freezing, switch back.