I've always been fascinated with the idea of the Frozen Tundra - probably because I, being from Australia, have never really seen proper snowfall (though I have seen a bushfire up close while I was in a car). This illustration is essentially the start of the Hero's Journey, optimistic and resolute. Also, yes, she should be wearing sleeves and gloves, which were actually present in the first iteration of the illustration. I just didn't realize that I hadn't sketched the arms properly until I had inked it.
She stands atop the frozen peaks, waiting as the winds do speak. What must be done now comes to her, she will never let them down.