what was a show-stopper for me...wasn't the cold, or even the snow. It's having a week of ice-storms where you couldn't do a bloody thing..no food shopping. And even if you could go out ...drive down your street. A week long power outage..not at my house..but for about 250,000 neighbors.
We had the power generator, plenty of firewood..a good wood stove and dogs to keep me company. I just couldn't take that isolation and cabin fever and lack of sunlight. At the age (then) of 60 years and a heart condition, it was time to get out of the lack of sunlight and ice-bowl.
I saw my getaway, and skee-daddled. Not that I'm intending to compare or argue the point, but being on a fixed, lower income, I couldn't manage as you do with the devices and machinery and tech you had/have.
That all being said, I still have my x-country skiis stashed on my balcony here..that I bought in 1980s..and the boots (just no poles), ready to go and ski FL at the first signs of snow.