Everything about that place felt like home. I had never experienced snow or such friendly people before and I find myself looking forward to going back for another holiday.
Boom thats all you need right there. When i feel like that about a place and am in a position to make the move thats where i go. I like winters, i don't mind the cold at all. Sometimes you just feel a place, and if it feels right go for it. That said winter maybe a novelty for you coming from Australia, they can grind a person down once you're past the honey moon period. I know many people who go into a kind of depression when the snow falls and the -10's become a common reality day in day out for weeks on end. Helps to be near a mountain if you like winter sports as i was/did when i lived there. I mean your options for days out are surely limited when its so cold.