used to look forward to a little mountain exploring in Arizona and Colorado and most of my trips always occurred in winter around Thanksgiving. Yes walking in 28" of snow is a bit of a challenge but one of the things that bothered me most was in the mountains you could be in a foot of snow and the next step up to your arm pits. One hour at a time was about all I could stand at a time after it snowed. Do you have a snow mobile? I've never road on one but always thought I wanted one.