The problem in slow is wheels losing traction, and spinning.
All a high gear does in this scenario is make the car less powerful. When you have nothing else, it might make it less likely a heavy foot will spin the wheels. But it doesn't actually address the issue. Worst of all when one wheel has traction and the other doesn't all you'll get is wheel spin. (In the common case of no limited slip diff.)
Traction control addresses the issue of wheel spin directly, allowing you to apply enough torque to lift the car out of the snow hole it may be in, without one or both of the wheels spinning.
That's not a kludge, that is specifically designed technology doing it's job.