Hi there! I've owned a house in the country with an above ground pool for 6 years. Two years ago we bought a mesh winter cover. Last Spring, even though the snow and ice had thawed on the cover, I left it on so that leaves didn't get in the pool before opening. However, when I took it off for my pool service to come and open the pool the majority of the pool was still quite frozen, even at the end of April! We did have a cold winter last year, but all the snow had thawed in our area at least two weeks previous and the temperatures were normal for Spring in our area. I should mention that I live in Eastern Ontario, Canada. I figured since the cover is black it would attract the sun, but should I have taken the cover off and let the sun do its work instead? As we're approaching opening yet again, I'd like to get some advice for this year! Thanks!