Shovel efficiency and snow storage:
1. The right tool for the job.
There are many types of snow shovels. Having at least one push shovel and one shaping shovel will help your efforts. If you really want the right tool you may just invest in a tractor, snow cat (coming soon), or just a snow blower but you should be warned; your arms won't be nearly as toned or sexy as they could be.
2. Push over lift
When you can push the snow off instead of lift and huck, your back will thank you! This might mean pushing snow out of your main storage areas between storms so you can push new snow into that freed up space. One of the first things I did to my cabin was remove the part of the decks banister so I could push snow off instead of huck it over. I have saved lifetimes of back aches because of it.
3. Smart snow storage.
Plan out your snow storage so that the piles you are making will end up helping you as the season dumps on. Building igloo walls off the sides of your deck or tunnels for pathways will make for less shoveling later; you know, do it right the first time. When rounded out and built proper, snow structures are very strong, and who doesn't want less shoveling?!
Happy shoveling friends and cheers to deep winters!