I live in Canada and have a few questions on winterizing. We bought the house a couple of years ago, and the first winter, the pool was put to bed by the previous owner. They put two tarps (joined in the middle) attached to bungie cords across the whole thing. The setup was held taught, but lots of things slipped between the two tarps.
I've looked at some of the alternatives for covers. Safety covers look really nice, but we get several feet of snow here. Isn't there a danger that the weight of all that snow will cause it to collapse in? I'm also leary of getting one of the standard old covers since we really don't have anywhere to clean it off come spring, the pool is bigger than anywhere we would have to clean it!
My second question is about draining down below the returns. The previous owner didn't. He just attached a shop vac on blow to the returns, then forced a plug on top. That seems fairly risky to me, but the returns are quite low on the wall (our PB even mentioned this), about 2.5 feet down, and we'd have to drain quite a bit of water to be below.