While I currently live in the north, I am a southerner at heart. One thing I learned after moving is that it takes a lot of time dressing a toddler for snow! Do I dress him up first or get dressed myself? Once we got dressed (probably overdressed!), how is he supposed to play with those crazy mittens on! Bottom line, it is just too cold and windy outside.
Something clicked in my brain one day, why not bring the snow inside! A snowbox solved all my problems. I just bring the blow up pool inside and fill it up with snow. Easy to set up, easy to clean up. Add some shovels and dump trucks and J is in heaven. He could enjoy the snow and the blessings of a heated home at the same time (and mom can too)! We dug, dumped, built a miniature hill for his rubber ducky to sled down, built a snowman, a snow wall (that of course was crashed a couple dozen times), and of course he loved letting a snowball melt in his mouth. J didn't want to get in the "snowbox" and I didn't push it. He had plenty of fun working from the outside in. I was also surprised at how long the snow lasts inside too. When it hits the icy stage, it just made it easier to build with. Set it up near a door and it's easy to refill with fresh snow.
You know it's a success, when they continually ask for more snow in the pool.