By Kimberley on Dec 21, 2008
Hit by two good sized winter storms in 2 days, I've had to snowplow 4 times, totalling over 6 hours in the truck and many miles, nearly half of which were in reverse.   And, while the snow has finally stopped and the stars are now shining, gale force winds are whipping, creating all sorts of havoc which I'll have to repair in the morning.
You see, snowplowing is my job on the farm.   Georg is in charge of snowblowing.   And while I probably spend more time doing it, I know I have the more "luxurious" of the two jobs.   For starters, mine is done "indoors".
With Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", Anky van Grunsven's Kur Music, and Queen's "Made in Heaven" neatly packed into my Apple iPod Shuffle, I can plow... and sometime do... for hours.
The music and the warmth of the cab of our Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 work together to help keep the absurdity of plowing in perspective.   All the while, Mother Nature throws New England another curveball with a chilly 15 degrees outside, hours of snowfall, another foot or more of new white stuff, and increasingly strong winds that promise to whip everything into artistic but bothersome snowdrifts.
Plowing, like sweeping, can probably be done by anyone.   But doing it well is an learned skill that requires both shortterm & longterm strategic planning, methodic execution, coordination of motor skills, oneness with the equipment, and infinite patience.   For starters, how one approaches the first plowing event can define how successful snow management will be for the whole winter season.   The location of initial snowbanks is critical.   Once seeded, snowbanks take root and grow throughout the winter, requiring heavy equipment (and $$$$) when you need to relocate them.
Boss Snow Plow provides some great online plowing tips.   But my own Top Tip is simple.   If you're gonna spend a few hours driving back and forth at low speeds in challenging conditions, make sure you bring great music.