As i dont have any sources of local knowledge , I was hoping for some help/opinions from others in similiar situations . I live in southwest colorado at about 7100 feet . We can have cold winters and they usually last from late november to early april . I am curious , with my situation would I be better to go with 2 deep hive bodies or 3 medium hive bodies? I like the idea of keeping equipment the same for interchangability , but I also like the idea of keeping my colony alive through the winter . Any opinions as to which configuration would work best? Also , is my understanding correct that once things are up and established , that the honey supers will recieve the lions share of the handling? Thanks..