I lived in Maine, USA, for one year. During Winter time is cold, cold like 30 negative degrees brrrr!! Me, je, moi, a girl from the South of Portugal who's surrounded by beaches and only seen snow once or twice in her life had to deal with digging herself after a snow storm to reach her van (!!!).
I had a great year but a lot of indoors activities was going on during Winter 2008 which I don't mind at all... for one year! ah! I love sun, hiking, outdoors but when all you have is cold and snow we better deal with that the best way instead of being depressed all the time.