We’ve got a 16’ round Doughboy metal frame pool, and this will be our first winter with it here in snowy Colorado.
I was looking at the micro mesh sort of winter cover idea, but I remembered what our 16’ trampoline (similarly rain-permeable) looked like the winter we left it up, all bowed nearly to the ground as two feet of snow started to melt… and I’m imagining that sort of weight pulling the walls of the pool in to collapse.
Thanks to this forum, I’m not worried about being able to deal with a green pool should I have one in the spring. But a collapse is something else…
What about going as simple as can be: drain the pool down below the skimmer and inlet, remove all the equipment so there’s a couple of holes in the side of the pool, essentially. Then leave the already-beat-up summer solar bubble wrap cover on to catch a non-zero number of leaves, and count on replacing that cover in the spring?
My thought is with two feet of snow on top of the thing, it would displace water safely out the skimmer and inlet holes without putting horizontal pressure on the walls. Then when the snow melted it would be at a similar level. What am I forgetting?