Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)
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I think that physically moving the snow a few feet is going to be significantly less energy intensive than melting and then evaporating it. Just melting isn't good enough, re-frozen ice is worse than snow.
Packing it down to a uniform hard pack is actually not bad either, if you don't want to move it.
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