Lived ten years full time in our AS. Traveled all over North America. Can not do NE in the winter and not be miserable in AS. No matter how you heat it!
Go way south if you can, it even snows in AZ,NM,CA deserts in the winter, not like ME or VT but it gets pretty nippy at night. Ray is right, you move with the seasons.
All the rest you can work out, we had solar on the roof, macerator pump for the septic once in a while, a roomy truck to do garage/basement/workshop duty, good batteries, a small generator, a pancake air compressor, a small charcoal grill, a high powered torch flashlight, a good mapping program and cb radios. Propane, catalytic and cube electric heaters for location appropriate heating choices.
Everyone customizes to their own pocketbook, skill level and comfort desires. No one has THE right way.
Yes, it was great fun, great bonding time, adventure aplenty and many friends to find.