List love: why the snow isn’t all bad

It’s another chilly Sunday in London and the snow is coming down thick and fast. While it always looks far prettier than the reality of the next day slush, delayed planes and trains, ice-compacted to dangerously slippery downhills that could have you on your bum quicker than you can scream “aaarrrghh!”, there are some places where the snow wouldn’t seem like a chore at all.

So before I head out to battle the conditions on my way to Sunday lunch, here are five of my wishlist destinations to keep me snow-excited; and to keep you lot in Oz thinking of something other than your heat wave induced constant sweat.

5. Chamonix, France

Let’s get the obvious choice out of the way. Skiing on fresh powder, a dramatic, sheer mountain backdrop, and a warm cosy village to relax in afterwards and consumer all the cheese and wine you can handle. Enticing?

Chamonix

via Pinterest

4. Antarctica

I would definitely not be complaining about the icy conditions if I saw this majestic beauty. Sure, I might be a little worried if our captain seemed to be heading straight towards it, but can you imagine hearing the creaking and cracking of ages old ice? Breathtaking.

Antarctic iceberg

via Pinterest

3. Finland

Imagine being in your own little warm igloo from which you could observe the northern lights. After attempting to see the famed lights twice in Iceland and failing miserably due to inclement weather conditions, this seems like the perfect solution – you don’t actually have to get rugged up at night and drive anywhere, instead you can lay on your bed and look up at the skies wearing just your pj’s.

Finland igloos

via The Wall Street Journal

2. Yellowknife, Canada

Okay, again in search of the northern lights – but this time in a place with poutine! French fries, gravy AND cheese. YES.

Northern lights, Canada

via TrekEarth

1. Patagonia, Chile

Crystal clear blue waters, dramatic peaks and valleys, pristine snow, and all for you to hike on. Think how smug you feel when you reach the peak of a climb in the summer time in a national park – and imagine achieving that in icy conditions? Boom.

Patagonia, Chile

via Pinterest

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7 thoughts on “List love: why the snow isn’t all bad

  1. I would love to visit all of these, especially Canada and Antarctica! (Poutine? I’m in!)

    And I wouldn’t mind spending a night in an ice hotel — they build them in Canada and Sweden. That would be so much fun.

  2. Here in Newfoundland Labrador (Canada) it’s -10 and there’s lots of snow on the ground. It’s beautiful. The thing is, though, that the snow is part of the culture and economy and we have built the infrastructure to not only handle it, but also, to exploit it somewhat. Skiing, Skating, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling and Ice fishing. The list goes on.
    …but when we get 55 cm in one day, guys, like we had a week ago, we’d rather be in Florida.

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