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Ditto on proper pitch. You get your share of snow in Wisconsin, and if you get snow accumulation on your cover, with the cover going over your stanchions, you will end up with bent stanchions.
I'd suggest you start with a reasonable pitch, and also, if possible, run 2x4's across your beam from stanchion to stanchion. It's a hassle, but so are bent stanchions.
Obviously, you'll be removing your spreaders. Carpet is good to lay over the mast to avoid abrading through your tarp. You probably also want to cap your stanchions with carpet.
If your stanchions are two piece...a base and a column, you might consider removing the columns, as it will increase your pitch without raising the mast, and eliminate the possibility of bending your stanchions.
Bottom line: wet snow is HEAVY