Firstly, it would have been entirely impassable in a wheelchair (our bit of sidewalk is done, but lots of folks only shoveled a narrow walk, and some hadn't shoveled yet at all), or even with a stroller. But even if you have no such equipment, it was a strenuous aerobic workout just trudging through two miles of somewhat shoveled snow. There have been times in my life when I was in poor enough physical shape that I would have been exhausted and weepy by the end of it, I think. Especially the semesters when I was teaching while very pregnant. Lately, I've been exercising quite a bit, so it was fine. Also, I could afford waterproof tall boots and other warm items of clothing, unlike some of the poor souls I saw out shoveling in their sneakers.
What's that they say? Privilege is a smooth road? A smooth road that didn't get several inches of snow dumped on it the previous day, apparently.