We just received about 4" of fairly light snow. The surfaces I keep cleared in the winter vary from road crush gravel, 1" washed rock, some grass areas, and some plain old dirt. I find the challenge of the first couple of snowfalls is clearing it without scrapping the gravel off the driveway or tearing up the grass in the grassy areas. Last year I pushed the first snow aside with the "heel" of the FEL bucket and it worked good to sort of pack down that first snow and start to build it up. This year I started doing that and then I thought I would try something else. I hooked up my 5' back blade and simply spun the blade backward, pulled the top link up tight so the blade was riding at as much of an angle as it could. It worked great. It would ride over the gravel without digging, it packed the snow into the grassy areas, and it is almost ready for the snow blower after the next snow, if this one doesn't melt off.