So, I'm a flat-lander and self-admitted weather wimp from San Francisco Bay Area and am moving to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. My soon-to-be hometown gets about 20 feet of snow on average and rarely gets above freezing. I have never lived anywhere where it snows very much and am completely clueless when it comes to baby care in an extreme climate.
I would appreciate any advice about gear, safety. . .anything and everything really. I like to stay active and would like to carry my six month old in her Ergo pack and her Mountain Buggy stroller (which is supposed to be great for snow). How do I keep her face from freezing off? How cold is too cold for taking older babies out? How do I keep from falling down with the baby in potentially icy conditions? How do you keep mittens on a baby? Are there any wind and/or snow guards for jogging/three-wheeled strollers? Do I have to keep her in a snowsuit all the time? Can you even get a cloth-diapered baby into a snowsuit? (I can barely get her into 18-month-old overalls!) Are there any items that make life significantly easier in this kind of weather?
Thanks for enlightening me! :)