Real sugar houses, like this one in Ira, Vermont, are marvelous places. The wood smoke and sap steam combine to create one of the most fabulous smells you can imagine. And thanks to the fire they're toasty warm, even on the coldest nights.
Tire sur neige (Maple syrup on snow), is a typical French-Canadian tradition. It is most often served at a Cabane à sucre (Sugar Shack). The warm maple syrup is poured over clean snow, & becomes soft taffy that is wound onto sticks & savored.
We had a really busy weekend boiling the sap. Waiting around for the boil to start. Here the sap is really boiling, you can see the evaporation of the water. The sap/syrup is ready to go to the finishing pot.