I live up in the mountains and have fairly cold and wet winters - up to 3.5' of snow on the ground at most (I hope!!) Snow on the ground for most of the winter - maybe 2' We live on a VERY wet property...high water table. The area where the coop will be already has 18" pipe swale to help with some of the water, but our horse barn required 26+" of shale under it to keep the surrounding ground dry and mud-free. So....covered or uncovered run? What type of footing/preparation would you suggest for the run? Do you think we should dig down and put in shale, like the barn? or Concrete pad, then sand? Any suggestions would be great - I try to do things right the FIRST time, if I can!!