On the matter of EC (exposure compensation) - why not try shooting in manual mode – still use centre weighted average (Nikon might refer to this as “Matrix” – I haven’t used Nikon for several years) . . . and when shooting snow just “over-expose” what the meter says by 1½ stops – hell maybe even 2 stops - its only digital it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and then bracket up and down in 1/3 stops – by one full stop each way – you will have seven exposures of the same scene.
Then analyse what is best for what you want – then remember that number for next time.
Heavens, with a sandwich of seven frames, read the HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging) tutorials here – and have fun with it – use a tripod if you want to try HDR.