Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Collected by Adriana Yampey, AFAR Local Expert
There is nothing I like better than a beautiful landscape covered in snow. I love the crunchy sound of stepping on snow and the white is so calm and soothing. These are 25 places for snow walks.
This time last year I was making preparations to go with the family to Rovaniemi, to be at the Arctic Circle and meet Santa Claus. The kids were so excited. It's pretty adventurous for a family with small kids but not impossible. Finland is a very...
El Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Lake Louise, AB, Canada
As a dog owner, a Siberian Husky owner to be exact, I was always a little hesitant about dogsledding tours. I have heard some pretty horrific stories about mistreatment and I certainly didn’t want to contribute to this in any way. As with all...
Riedweg 156, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
This family-run micro-village in Valais offers 36 rooms across six separate chalets. Huddled together on a hill above the popular ski resort of Zermatt, the buildings reference the area’s traditional architecture, from the timber frames to...
West Yellowstone, MT 59758, USA
Freezing temperatures (-30 degrees F!), a drive up a steep, winding wooded slope, and we were at the summit of Two Top Mountain, Montana (9,000 feet) where the fierce winds have entombed the trees in snow. They are bent and twisted, covered...
New York, NY, USA
Manhattan can, famously, feel like endless rows of apartment blocks and office towers for most of its length. At least above 14th Street, a regular grid of streets and avenues, bisected only by Broadway, has transformed the city into a dream for...
Dewey Point, California, USA
There's an absolute gem of a hike in Yosemite National Park that anyone who loves a good winter snowshoe hike should do. It's a seven-mile out-and-back trek from Badger Pass to the inspirational Dewey Point, which is on the south rim at just over...
New Mexico, USA
Of course I am only kidding. Another stop along the DART - although this one won't be disappearing anytime soon. This picnic area is located in the white sands national monument in NM. The glistening white sand is gypsum and you would swear you...
9385 Snowbird Center Trail, Sandy, UT 84092, USA
Consitently, UT lives up to the claim. Salt Lake City provides more direct flights than any other 'ski' town and year in/out gets solid snow cover and reliable mix of powder days. On a budget, there are tons of condo's and hotels in SLC so rent a...
Lolo Pass, Idaho 83539, USA
I was hesitant about snowshoeing in the beginning. Would it be lame? Would the shoes be awkward? Would I get bored? Turns out...I LOVE this winter activity! It is a great way to get out and PLAY when Montana is covered in the white stuff. My...
5620 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T3K 2P6, Canada
As well as seeing the office towers to the south and the (slightly higher) Rocky Mountains to the west, you’ll see plenty of hawks, porcupines, and deer (as well as other running wildlife) on Nose Hill, one of the largest environmental parks in...
Avenida Vitacura 5250 of. 304, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
July in Santiago is a great time to ski, but if you want to try something different, try snowshoeing! While in Santiago, one of my daughters didn't want to ski, while the other did. We compromised; we went snowshoeing. For those of you adventure...
Big Jay, Montgomery, VT 05471, USA
Most of Vermont may be lacking snow, but after a 40 minute hike up Big Jay mountain my friends and I were rewarded with lots of powder to play in as we skied back down to Route 242. Note for next year: remember to park a car at the base, or else...
349 Headquarters Ln, Grantsville, MD 21536, USA
Nothing like making fresh tracks on an early morning after a snowdrift. Out for a snowshoe jaunt in Savage River State Forest, hubby and I realized that we were the only ones out that morning on this particular trail which happened to be a...
138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
Hiking in the Desolation Wilderness backcountry area around Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite things to do and has been since I was a kid. In September, I took my husband hiking in Desolation Wilderness to show him some of the best places I went...
Jungfraujoch, 3801 Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
The last remnants of winter were still on the ground as we awaited the final train at Kleine Scheidegg. Already the views were nothing short of magnificent: a panorama of the mighty Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains reaching up through the...
4050 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
The Blackcomb Snowmobile snowcat puts the backcountry at your fingertips, all from the cozy confines of Whistler Village. The company's 4,000-acre Brandywine ski area is a short drive from the village but a world away from the more populated...
Chikuniotsu, Otari, Kitaazumi District, Nagano Prefecture 399-9422, Japan
Spent 3 great days in snowboarding in Hakuba, Japan. We stayed at the Ridge Hotel which is near the Happo-One resort. A storm was expected to pass through during our second night. So I decided to hit the slopes at Happo-one which has some nice...
100 Chemin de Kandahar, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1E2, Canada
Local outdoor guru Yves Kirouac (a distant cousin of Jack Kerouac) will tell you, "If you can walk, you can snowshoe." Well, almost. Before you take off on the trail with this Kirouac, he'll give you some helpful tips how to shift your body weight...
Coronet Peak 9371, New Zealand
If you’re short on time and big on runs, head straight to the South Island for skiing. The Remarkable range near Queenstown is well known for black diamond runs and backcountry bliss. The Coronet Peak ski field is only 20 minutes from Queenstown...
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