There are many different kinds of snow - light powder, wet/heavy gluelike snow, wintry mix of rain/sleet/ice, the "crud" left by snowplows, and the corn snow leftover from freeze/thaw cycles.
I'd like to say that New Englanders have even more words for snow than the Eskimos, but the whole notion that any language has a vast number of words for snow is an urban myth.
Here's my recommendation for the equipment you need to shovel snow in New England
1. An Ergonomic snow pusher . When snow first falls, you need a shovel to push it down the driveway. I typically cut a path to the street and then use the pusher to move snow to the sides of the driveway. Then, I can use my scoop shovel to move it into piles.
2. A Scoop Shovel . A pusher is great for moving snow but not so good for picking up chucks or larger amounts of consolidated snow to create piles (actually, it looks more like a canyon at this point in Wellesley) next to the driveway. Scoop shovels were originally invented to move grain, but they work perfectly for snow. I highly recommend Aluminum scoops because the poly shovels bend and break.
3. An Ice Chipper/scraper - Freeze/thaw cycles create a consolidated mixture of ice and snow that's as hard as concrete. An Ice Chipper is create to break up the chunks as well as scape the ice/snow that sticks to asphalt and creates a hazard. Of course you can salt your driveway to soften the ice before chipping it.
4. A Spading Fork - Although it seems like an odd tool to use for snow management, a Spading Fork helps break up the large frozen piles of snow, ice, sand, and salt that the snowplows leave in your driveway. I use a spading fork to turn the snowplow mound into smaller, manageable pieces, then the scoop shovel to move them to the piles.
5. A Sno-Broom - Using a shovel, a chipper or a fork on your car is a really bad idea. A Sno-broom enables you push ice and snow off your car without scratching the finish. An ice scraper for the windows is also a good idea.
Some of you may be thinking that a snow blower or thrower would be a better idea. But where's the fun in that!