We used to have winters up here in Minnesota. It would get below zero before Thanksgiving and the harbor would freeze over. Dad would walk out on the ice and chop a hole to see how thick it was, and if it was think enough, which it generally was, we would be able to go ice skating out on the bay.
If I wanted to go out on the bay today I could take my sailboat because there is no ice to speak of.
It rained today instead of giving us a little snow on the ground, what little snow we had from the last dusting melted because on the 1st of December it was 36 degrees.
I think I may either have to go someplace warmer where I wont expect snow or flee further north where I could at least get some still.