I got my own first snow shovel as a "gift" when I was about 4 years old, a little kid-size one, and I've been shoveling ever since. My last few years in Florida have been a welcome change, though, a break I'm glad to have.
In North Dakota I would shovel in nothing more than my shirtsleeves down to about 0 degrees F, unless it was windy. And when it got windy I didn't shovel at all, because the snow would blow back as fast as I was removing it, a wasted effort.
Actually most of eastern North Dakota doesn't usually get really big snowstorms, just an inch or 2 at a time, but like 50 or more of those a winter. What's worse are the ground blizzards or white-outs, when high winds for a day or more blow the powdery snow like a sandstorm, and bury things. It's funny how the wind works, cause you'll see a field where the bare ground has been exposed, while next to it a whole house has been obliterated.
That happened to me once at my Fargo townhouse. Packed snow was blown against the front door to the eaves and it couldn't be opened, the back ground floor "garden" windows were completely under, and I didn't dare jump out the second floor windows because the snow beneath was deeper than my height.
So I was trapped for 3 days, fortunately not losing electricity, and with enough food on hand (and booze, thank gawd) to last me. Finally my BF had a plowing service open his 150-foot driveway so he could get out, the streets also passable by then, and he drove over to rescue me.
He shoveled his way to the door (my own shovel was outside in a detached garage I couldn't reach) and finally got it open. I spent the night at his place for a change of scenery, and rewarded him for his brave deed.
Yeah, snow's a bitch. And I've also been buried when my snowmobile sank through soft powder into a ravine I didn't know was there. Took me hours to get out. Again, the wind plays tricks with the landscape, like a giant spatula spreading white icing on a cake. It covers & conceals the depressions, leveling everything, and if you don't know your way around it can be like quicksand.