Checked the national weather forecast this morning and there is no more snow forecast through the next seven days. Instead of sitting back on our heels and waiting it is now time to relocate some snow that we do have. According to my conservative measurement to date we have received 156" if accumulated snow this snow season. At 9,750' elevation we only have two seasons here, snow season and no.t snow season. 13 feet of snow so far with us only being 5 days into the winter season is a good start. We are half way to our average snowfall this year. If it keeps up at this rate we will make up for the 100" short of average we did not get last year. Since our entire area depends on the snow for our water it looks like we may have a really good year.
Living in an A-Frame the snow accumulates on the side of the house and so our first priority is to move that snow. As the photo depicts the snow is piled up 10 feet high and we need to shovel it out to the driveway and push it down the mountain. The door to under the house gets covered up and the snow builds up on the ground and makes it difficult to get under the house. That area is not finished off and it is a dirt floor but it stays a nice 40-42 degrees all year long. That is where we keep our yard tools and some canned goods as well as other foods that are mice proof. Therefore we do need to get under the house on occasion to get out shovels and other implements or bring food upstairs. It makes a perfect wine cellar but when you buy your wine in a box keeping it a certain temperature to preserve it is not necessary. It will take two days to shovel out each side of the house and move that snow out of the way.