Snow has arrived! Let the shovelling begin! Tell you the truth, I shovel as little as possible, because I have a snow scoop, also called a “snow sleigh” I believe. These are large metal or plastic scoops with a long handle. The only actions required are pushing, sliding, and pulling back to release the snow.
I believe snow scoops are the easiest way to move snow, short of purchasing a snow blower–but I truly want to avoid the use of fuel or electricity. I have been aware of this type of snow shovel since I helped out moving huge amounts of snow from our driveway in Ottawa, when I was a child.
Advantages of Snow Scoops
If you are thinking about the best way to clear snow from your property, consider the following advantages of snow scoops:
- Easy on the back–no lifting required, just pushing and gentle pulling back to move the scoop away from the snow;
- Little strength is needed (believe me I am not a muscle woman but am able to clear a very long rural driveway with a scoop). The scoop slides on the snow like a sleigh, the only difference is that you are pushing it rather than pulling it.
- Because the scoop is much larger than an average shovel, you can move large quantities of snow in a short period of time.
- As the winter progresses and the snow gets deeper, shovellers have to throw the snow up higher to get it out of the way. No problem for a snow scooper. You create snow runways with the scoop and simply slide the snow up and out of the way.
Let me know about your experiences with snow scoops. No, I do not have a financial interest in these shovels. I simply am a fan—they are very easy to use and are an inexpensive way to clear snow, without creating fumes or using up resources such as gas or electricity.