Many Alaska beekeepers kill their bees in the early fall each year. Because our winters here are so long, and pollen season is so short, most beekeepers don't try to winter over their bees. They just kill them and start over with a fresh box of package bees each spring.
We want to try to give our bees a fighting chance to survive the winter, so after some local research, we bought a polyurethane beehive. Polyurethane hives are supposed to have a much better insulation factor, keeping the bees warmer than wood hives can. In this video, we transfer the colony of honeybees from their wood hive to the polyurethane hive, then tied it down using straps (polyurethane hives are much lighter than wood, but insulate better).