The snow was sculpted in amazing shapes like albino sandstone formed by a very talented artist. This wall of wind carved snow is right next to the house on the North side.
View looking towards the south. This is our dog walking area and the snowshoeing conditions are just primo now!
Because of the wind direction, the backside and south side of the house is where the snow really piled up, right up to the roof line. Tonight I was sitting in the recliner and saw foxes walking by right next to the house - through the skylights over the dining room table!
This photo in hindsight should have provided a warning; Chico is clearly hatching some sort of plan. Just a few hours after this was taken Goldfish and I would spend the entire evening chasing Chico all over the valley, while Chico chased foxes to the point of exhaustion and eventual collapse. I snowshoed up the valley and located him not moving. After a massage to get his blood moving and some work on his paws, I slowly led him out in the darkness to a very relieved Goldfish and after carrying him into the house around 11 PM I collapsed myself. He and I were both a bit stiff this morning but no long-term harm was done.