You don't realize how much snow is up there until you take some of it away. We have a roof rake - a relic from our New England days. I honestly never thought we'd ever use it here, but it sure came in handy. Mr. and #1 donned snow shoes - another relic we dug out - and scooped 2 feet of snow off the roof all the way around the house. This will ensure that we have no ice dams or roof problems.