WHERE YOU LIVE Photographed by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

You dream of moving to Vermont, but think you can't handle the winter. You swallow hard, you move here anyway. At first you find it cold, biting cold, mountain cold, much colder than you are used to.

But you are aware that you are also dressed wrong, so you look at other people and start to dress like them. You start to notice people outdoors all the time, too, everywhere, all winter. They are skiing, skating, sliding, maybe just walking. The cold doesn't seem to faze them. They are not huddled inside waiting for spring. You decide you can do that too. You take a few simple steps. You try. Before long, the incredible has happened. Winter is your favorite season. You are home.

— Bill Anderson

A community fat bike race at the Montpelier Elks Country Club golf course.

Zebadiah Cousins-Joyce, an avid snowboarder from a young age, turned his modest backyard in Montpelier into a mini terrain park.

Jake Hurwitz is all smiles during the Ski the East Freeride Tour at Jay Peak. On competition day, high winds forced closure of the tram, so athletes climbed to the pinnacle.

On Curtis Pond, people of all ages come out for a New Year's Day tradition of hockey and skating.

Maria Royle of Washington, left, and a sled full of children tumble downhill.

Montpelier schoolchildren fly down the Hubbard Park sledding hill in Montpelier during a class field trip and mock Winter Olympics.

Instructor Geoff Krill tears up the slopes at Stowe on a monoski designed for skiers with disabilities.

Judy Stermer cheers on racers at the Fat Santa Fat Bike Race in Northfield.

Lottie Maker of Calais prepares her daughter, Eva, for a sled ride.

New Hampshire resident Matt Ritter climbs a challenging route of ice and rock at the Smuggs Ice Bash, a three-day event in Cambridge.

A mastiff contestant in the annual Dog Parade and Canine Couture Contest at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, where dogs are dressed by their owners for a fashion show and strut to benefit the pet charity PAWSitive Pantry.

Ken Haggett, owner of Peace Pups Dogsledding, touring with his team in Elmore.

Lucas Moore, of Barre, flies off a jump, with a dog in hot pursuit, at Hubbard Park in Montpelier.

Vince Vernette tows a group of young people up the hill during the annual town sledding party at the Carrier Farm in Washington.

Scott Rosenblum rides the Sunnyside double chair at Mad River Glen in Fayston. Known for his flashy attire, Rosenblum is a ski instructor who works primarily with kids programs. He spent the 2017 offseason biking across the country.

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