When you are winter camping it can be an all out war against mother nature. So here is a quick tip: when you get to camp take a few minutes to establish your site by packing down the snow in the high traffic areas. I establish trails around camp so I can comfortably walk around to cook, stoke the fire, or just take a leak in the middle of the night. I did this below by walking around in my snowshoes. You can do the same with a camp shovel, sled, stuff stack filled with snow, or just your feet.
It is especially important to do this where you are going to pitch your tent. This will prevent you from ripping through the bottom of your tent which happens when your weight (foot) sinks into the snow beneath your tent’s bathtub floor. Another good practice is always using a tarp or footprint underneath the tent. This will strengthen the floor and keep you from waking up in a hole. When sleeping your body heat radiates towards the ground, the footprint adds another layer of insulation between your body heat and the snow.
It’s the small things in the outdoors that make it hard for some and easy for others. The day is much more enjoyable when you can walk around camp without a struggle or wake up and not spend five minutes chipping the permanent layer of ice off your gaiters. As with everything in the outdoors: take your time, be prepared, and you will have more time to soak in all that it has to offer.