Like a lot of long-time photographers, I adore black and white photography. There's a reason it's embraced by those with the most experience and used as a training tool for those with the least experience. It strips away distraction and gets to the heart of what matters. It reveals pattern, texture and luminosity in a scene that the human eye is distracted from with the addition of color.
However, there's one time of year when all of those things CAN be present in color photography as well: winter. Consider this the next time you see a photographer friend pack up their equipment to wait for life to return the landscape. Photographic life never leaves the landscape.