Welcome to the club!
If you haven't already, I highly recommend you check out the New to Subaru
thread as well as the break-in procedures
Since you do go off the beaten path, I assure you that the Subaru AWD system does far better than Honda's Realtime 4WD that has less-than-favorable reviews in winter climate European countries (though despite that, their SH-AWD and VTM-4 as well as VTM-4i systems aren't bad).
Also, compared to the HR-V, the Crosstrek has far more ground clearance.