The World’s 8 Snowiest Cities:

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
The World’s 8 Snowiest Cities seem to be great places to live.

According to the Conde Nast Traveler, the 8 snowiest cities in the world appear to be perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, especially skiers. Although the list contains cities from all over the world, they all seem to be very familiar with shoveling and other snow removal methods. When blizzards shut down some cities, these cities go on with everyday life and travel at ease. Check out these eight snowy cities where white-out conditions, blizzards, and below-freezing temperatures are nothing new.

The port of Valdez, Alaska sees a ton of snow every year.

#1 = Valdez, Alaska

Valdez can see as much as 325″ of snow annually and being surrounded by the Chugach Mountains definitely helps that snowfall total rise. The small town of 4,000 offers superb heli-skiing and deep-sea fishing that attracts tourists from all over the world.

Aomori City, Tōhoku, Japan receives a tremendous amount of snow every year.

#2 = Aomori City, Tōhoku, Japan

Aomori City receives an average of  300″ of snow annually thanks to its high elevation in the mountains and its oceanic position. Aomori means “blue forest,” a great explanation for naturally green city that is accentuated by its beautiful oceans, mountains, and lakes.

Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan is home to a Snow Festival every February.

#3 = Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Sapporo gets pounded annually with an average snowfall of 191″ and that snowfall supports their annual Snow Festival that takes place in late February every year. The city is well-know for hosting the 1972 Olympic Winter Games and producing their own Japanese Beer.

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada tends to celebrate their snowfall in unique ways.

#4 = Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Quebec City receives an average of 150″ of snow annually and that snow is used to celebrate the city’s status as a Winter Wonderland. The city is home to the World’s Largest Winter Carnival, unique ice hotels, a plethora of winter activities, and superb skiing, snowboarding, and even ice canoeing.

Toyama, Hokuriku, Japan is a coastal city that receives significant snowfall each year.

#5 = Toyama, Hokuriku, Japan

Toyama receives an average of 143″ inches of snow annually and its coastal positioning attributes to that. Contrary to the snowy winters, Toyama experiences hot and humid summers. The city is next to Nagano, the home of the 1998 Winter Olympics and the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, the famous mountain sightseeing route that has a vertical rise of 6,479.66 feet.

Labrador, Canada experiences significant snowfall frequently.

 #6 = St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

St. John’s and Labrador receives an average of 132″ of snow annually. St. John’s sees winter storms that consist of freezing rain and snow well into April. Labrador is the second largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of 26,628 and is known as the foggiest, windiest, and the cloudiest major city in Canada.

Syracuse, NY is known for it’s snow that is capable of going into mother’s day.

#7 = Syracuse, NY

Syracuse receives an average of 120″ of snow annually, but snow days are very scarce for the students of Syracuse University. The city’s close proximity to Lake Ontario enhances its lake-effect snowfall totals and the city is well-equip for those storms with advanced snow removal equipment.

Erie, Pennsylvania takes advantage of lake-effect snow storms.

#8 = Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie receives an average of 100″ of snow annual thanks in part to its close proximity to Lake Erie.  The city takes advantage of its positioning on lake area to enhance their industrial economy that thrives in the area.


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11 thoughts on “The World’s 8 Snowiest Cities:

  1. “Labrador is second largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of 26,628 and is known as the foggiest, windiest, and the cloudiest major city Canada.”

    Might want to fix this sentence

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  2. Ever heard of a country called Russia, where 1/3 of the land sees 7-8 months winters and 1/5 lays over the Polar Circle?

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  3. Ur above information about Newfoundland & Labrador is still incorrect …..the pic ur using is of downtown St.Johns (not Labrador) …. And (st.johns) Newfoundland is known for fog not Labrador. As well, it’s not “St.Johns and Labrador” it’s Newfoundland and Labrador.

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  4. It’s still showing Labrador as the second largest metropolitan area in Canada. Are you talking geographically? Because population-wise, I can name at least two cities in every other province that are bigger.

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    1. The article only applies to major cities, not small towns. If we included small towns, Truckee might make the list (in about the 10000th spot)

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  5. The picture of Québec city shown is from Montréal, Qc. You guys might wanna fix this… Hint: google “château Frontenac winter”, you’ll get tons of epic Québec city pictures.

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