I have not used the General Altimax Arctics, but I've read a lot of really great reviews. They are supposed to be WAY better than what used to be the inexpensive choice, the Firestone Winterforce.
The Generals are actually a rebranded Gislaved Nord-Frost 3. Gislaved is a Swedish tire company ( now owned by Continental, just like General) that can be compared with Nokian.
If you want things done right, you gotta do it yourself.