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For skier Sophia Rouches, vanlife looks a little different. Instead of seeking out sunny, warm climes, this resident of Bellingham, Washington, spends winter nights camped out in the Mount Baker parking lot, which gets an average snowfall of 641 inches a year. Her 1990 camper van, nicknamed “The Falcon,” maxes out at 55 miles per hour and isn’t exactly built for snow-covered mountain roads. So, once Rouches gets it up the winding highway, she usually stays for a while—or at least until the storm cycle dwindles. In between long days skiing Baker’s rowdy terrain, Rouches stays warm by firing up a tiny woodstove and inviting friends over for pancakes. For more epic short films directed by Anne Cleary, check out Mad Trees.