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Now that's a U shaped valley! Wow!
...but worth it.
Life in a skinny Stanford Torus:-).
After seeing the utter devastation avalanches cause in SW Colorado around Silverton and Ouray, there is no way you could get me to live in a valley like that in the winter time.
Those building are very strategically located WRT to the terrain. It might have taken a few winters to get that correct.
Nothing in my imagination much less experience to wintering over in this valley. I'd have a go though following common sense preparation.