Originally Posted by Jonger1150
I would assume that crashing into snow would be very forgiving.
Well, it is if it's fresh. I was learning to fly my Aerobird in February, and we had a couple of feet of fluffy snow piled up. She went into a death spiral from about 100 feet, and I didn't have my "throttle off" reflex yet. Punched a nice Aerobird shaped hole into the snow, and when I got there, just the tailfeathers were visible above the snow. I grabbed the tail and pulled her straight out, with no damage at all!
On the other hand, if it's had a couple of warm days and then a good cold snap, it's almost like pavement. That crust on top was not very forgiving to my Aerobird's tail (snap!)! On the other hand, it's much more slippery than pavement or grass, so if you drag a wingtip on takeoff, you can recover easier - you tend to slide a lot further on landings, though.