Lake Madison is a summer hot spot, but now many homes are empty, and many yards have large snowdrifts to remember the long winter. For year-round resident Nancy Bain, she enjoys watching these giant hills take shape.
"The snow and the wind and the flurry of it all is quite amazing. We open the windows up and just watch the storms come through," Lake Madison Nancy Bain said.
Bain first built this home in 1998 and she's been living here permanently with her husband since 2009. She says while it's fun to watch, it can be difficult to deal with. The road she lives on is a private road, so the residents are responsible to clear off the road.
Falling snow and strong winds may have led to towering snowdrifts like this one, but Bain says this year doesn't compare to years past.
"Since we've been up here we have snowdrifts up over the peak of the back of the house," Bain said.
Bain estimates the worst year the peak of the drifts reached over 10 feet. Even with the tall order that the winters leave on her home, she enjoys what the state's weather has to offer.
"The lovely part of being here in the state of South Dakota is you do have the four seasons, but of course I do love the lake. The water, the beach, the grandkids come and it's fun, it's very fun, lots of fun in the summer," Bain said.
With the warmer weather on the way, the snow will slowly melt, and the thoughts of winter will drift away.
Bain says her home was winterized when she wasn't living there full-time, but other homes around the lake aren't because no one visits them until summer.