In the summer time it is about the same except you could substitute firewood, staining the house, mulching tree limbs, milling lumber instead of clearing snow. We have basically two seasons here in the mountains and those are snow season and non snow season, with snow season being a few weeks longer than the non snow season.
That may sound harsh but in reality it is quite enjoyable. The only condition in the winter that keeps us inside is when it is very cold and windy and that consists of a fairly short period. Our humidity is low and without all the pavement and concrete to retain the cold our winters are actually pleasant. Many times like yesterday we are able to be outside with only a shirt on and be very comfortable.
Yesterday I chopped ice that had formed on the sidewalk where the snow had melted coming off the roof for about an hour and was not cold at all. That constitutes much of our winters and we can be outside comfortably without being uncomfortable cold. Another key element in the winter is to not assume that a 4-8 inch snow storm can be left in place. When you do that you often find that the wind will develop and move that new snow around and place it where you would rather not have it located. Therefore it is important to keep up with the snow even if it is a little amount. Otherwise it will quickly overwhelm you and you will find it heavy and difficult to move.
About this time of year it ends up being piled up several feet anyway so often when you throw it up with the snow thrower it simply slides right back down and therefore your driveway and walking path gets narrow. It is very important to keep it pushed back as far as you can get it. This year our storms have come in from the west like waves on the ocean. A storm breaks over our area every few days. When it does that it seems like you are forever clearing snow. That will be the case today, we have several drifts and area's where the snow thrower can't reach to tidy up before the next storm arrives which is due tomorrow.
To sum it up, winter is not bad here in the mountains if you are willing to expend the work to keep up with it. Most days you can be outside without being uncomfortable or cold. That is hard for some people to understand but the low humidity here in the mountains off sets the cold. It is the humidity and a little wind that penetrates to the bone and gives you a serious case of the shivers. Normal precautions and layering your clothes is all that is needed to be outside in comfort. I must admit however that I will be glad when non snow season arrives so I don't have to stop and put on a coat each time I take the dogs out for potty breaks or walks.