There was easily a meter of snow. I dug out a space for the tripod legs using my snowshoe; otherwise the deep snow flexed the legs and the tripod didn't hold the camera steady. In winter I use either a thin pair of gloves with rubber grips on the fingers or wool mitts with half fingers. They are half glove-half mitt. The top part of the mitt folds back out of the way leaving a half glove with only half the finger showing.
I had to take the picture on an overcast day because the shack faces south, and I couldn't get the shadow of my camera & tripod out of the scene. I tried one shot with a light yellow filter to add some contrast. I found it interesting that the density of the shadows (measured with a densitometer) didn't change with the filter. The next time I will try a darker yellow filter.