I agree, it can be done. My challenge is the length of winter we face. Recent changes have led to it being easier, but we are still faced with the last day they fly being late September and then waiting for late March or early April before they can fly and cleanse. I think that the days in places like Saskatchewan are for a shorter period of time. There is hope that wintering them in a warmer area will lessen the impact of the weather and limit the honey/food they require, but time will tell what works and what don't.Look into what the folks in northern Saskatchewan are doing to winter bees. Fairbanks may be a bit colder, but, probably not a heck of a lot. A beehive wont notice the difference between -40 and -50.
I sat beside a gal from Saskatchewan at the recent BCHPA agm. She talked about getting out to shovel snow after first snowfall. they winter outdoors, and after first real snowfall, they bury the hives with snow. I guess is kinda like an igloo at that point.
She did a presentation on how they manage the bee farm in Saskatchewan, it was fascinating. The video isn't online yet, but it should be in another month or so.
Bottom line, dont listen to the folks that say it cant be done.