Cutting in the winter around here adds the risk of slipping on snow / ice. The three most important things when cutting are safety, safety and safety. A chainsaw is very unforgiving of little mistakes. In addition to reading up on the use of a saw and wearing PPE, I would strongly suggest getting some tutoring from an experienced wood cutter. Most guys get it from fathers, friends or mentors. I don't buy the whole "it's a guy thing". I think we've come far enough down the road to realize there's very little that a woman can't do that a man can. Male or female it takes some strength. Having said that, if you're not very strong, buy or rent a small saw to start with and look for smaller downed trees. I had a macho type uncle. Was a logger in Northern WI in his youth. He wanted to go cut a dead Oak down in mid winter. Called his relatives to come help. They too were loggers, and all refused. So he took his son out in a 20 - 30 mph wind and proceeded to cut. A large branch fell off the oak, came down and hit him on the head while he was cutting the trunk. It cracked his skull into pieces, crushed two vertebrae and caused him to fall down on the saw. The chain cut into his arm down to the bone. His son was back at the truck and heard the saw stop. Came back to the tree and found blood all over the snow. He dragged his dad 200yds . back to the truck through 18 inches of snow. Long story short.......he actually lived. Doctors reattached the cut tendons so he could use his hand again. They fused his spine back together. Was in recovery for two years. Moral........don't cut alone, in high wind or in deep snow. And if 3 or 4 others are saying it's too dangerous.......it just might be wise to listen to the voices of experience.