"Maybe it's the snow in New England, but I can't understand needing snow stakes. Deadmen are fantastic. They set in like cement, and you don't need to carry them with you."
Snow stakes are not required in Finland either, but if we do use them, we normally set them up like deadmen http://www.moontrail.com/details/hilleberg/accessories/snowpegdiagram.jpg
Don't like using knots in the winter either. They require you to take off gloves while pitching, which is bad idea if weather gets really cold.