I Heart My Snowy City

Photo: Snowy Walk through Boston CommonWe’re not quite done with summer yet, but here at Traveler we’re already thinking of cold and snow. We’re wondering what cities best embrace the winter season–those places that go all out to celebrate the snow, revel in the cold, get ecstatic about ice.

Send us your vote for best winter city and why (one sentence only–so make it as specific and colorful as possible) and your contribution may appear in our Jan/Feb 2011 issue.

Let us know by commenting here on the blog or by emailing us. You can also write on our Facebook page, or tweet us @NatGeoTraveler using the hashtag #ngtsnow.

Need inspiration? Check out an ice and snow gallery from NGM and our quiz on the white stuff.

Photo: Wandering through Boston Common on a snowy day, by My Shot user Donna Paul.

Comments

  1. JRod37
    September 9, 2010, 3:37 pm

    St. Paul, MN with the winter carnival. http://www.winter-carnival.com/

  2. valerie Jardin
    September 9, 2010, 3:53 pm

    The Twin-Cities (Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota), winter carnival, ice fishing, lots of skiing, snow-shoeing, etc.

  3. Playa del Carmen Traveler
    September 9, 2010, 10:17 pm

    I spent a cold week in Dortmund, Germany. Everybody was outside drinking gluwein in stocking shaped cups even though it was freezing.

  4. Helen
    September 9, 2010, 11:41 pm

    It sounds really cool to be in that place huh? I guess it’s a little different living in place with snow. :) Nice to see your post!

  5. Upasna
    September 10, 2010, 7:18 am

    wow what a season…i wish to spend some time there

  6. Sara Hoovler
    September 10, 2010, 12:44 pm

    West Yellowstone, Monatana. You can walk to the trailhead and xc ski everyday on perfectly groomed trails.

  7. Bridget
    September 10, 2010, 3:15 pm

    I would like to vote for Lake Placid, NY. it is without a doubt the best city in the world for winter!!!! Where else can you ski, speed skate, and hit the bobsled track in one day.
    Don’t miss it!!!!!

  8. WereBear
    September 10, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Lake Placid, NY, because it’s the only place I’ve ever seen where the fog freezes into millions of tiny rainbows, hanging in the air and sparkling in the sunlight.

  9. Andi Paradis
    September 11, 2010, 9:44 am

    Lake Placid, New York- The town is surrounded by the tallest 46 peaks in New York State, white-capped with snow. It also gives you an amazing feeling to be walking around the town where 2 world winter olympics were held!

  10. Heidesign
    September 11, 2010, 10:17 am

    Lake Placid, NY has my bid, too! It’s a magical place in the winter, with enough activities offered to satisfy everyone. And if you’re lucky, you can catch the alpenglow on Whiteface on certain early evenings.

  11. Andi Paradis
    September 11, 2010, 11:35 am

    Lake Placid, New York, because the town is surrounded by the 46 highest peaks in New York State, all white capped with snow, and the ski jumps, from the 2 Winter World Olympics that Lake Placid hosted, look so high and powerful on a snowy day.

  12. Tom Morris
    September 11, 2010, 6:36 pm

    II would like to vote Lake Placid New York. Its the winter mecca for the east coast of the U.S.. Whiteface, Ski Jumps, Carriage rides, high peaks, and don’t forget the north pole. In Lake Placid people complain when its not snowing.

  13. Liz
    September 11, 2010, 7:32 pm

    Lake Placid, NY! Play outside in the snow all day long with everything from downhill skiing to skeleton to dog sled rides, then cozy up by a fireplace and indulge in a rich hot chocolate. Perfect!

  14. Regina
    September 11, 2010, 7:36 pm

    Lake Placid, NY gets my vote!! What with limitless outdoor activities, great dining, terrific shops, wonderful accommodations and historic Olympic venues, this town is truly a Winter Wonderland!!!

  15. Marilyn Hilliard
    September 12, 2010, 7:53 pm

    Lake Placid is my favorite place, both fall and winter. It is just beautiful!

  16. Chris
    September 12, 2010, 8:40 pm

    Between the lakes and mountains along with being the winter sports capital of the world there is no prettier place on earth when the snow flies than in Lake Placid, New York.

  17. Julie Jarvis
    September 12, 2010, 8:49 pm

    Lake Placid for sure, it’s beautiful anytime of the yr., but this place brings new meaning to the phrase “WINTER WONDERLAND” !

  18. Julie Jarvis
    September 12, 2010, 9:00 pm

    My vote is for Lake Placid, its beautiful anytime of the yr., but once there is snow, it brings new meaning to the phrase, “WINTER WONDERLAND” !!!!!!!!!! :)

  19. Sue
    September 13, 2010, 10:50 am

    Lake Placid – it’s a no brainer!

  20. Olga
    September 13, 2010, 10:37 pm

    More than 200 inches of snow a year delights residents and visitors alike, and inspires them to ski, skate (indoors and outdoors), cross country ski, bobsled, play hockey, toboggan, dogsled, go sledding, make angels and snow sculptures in Lake Placid, NY!

  21. Donna
    September 14, 2010, 8:12 am

    People make this cold spot the warmest place to visit.

  22. Linda
    September 14, 2010, 9:17 am

    Lake Placid, NY – the Bobsled ride is such a rush ! Where else can you do that?

  23. Phil
    September 14, 2010, 9:20 am

    FRISCO, CO

  24. Megan Foss
    September 14, 2010, 9:46 am

    Minnesota (St.Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth)
    The first real snow is so beautiful.

  25. Bill Cody
    September 14, 2010, 11:16 am

    Walking along Commonwealth Avenue or across the Common in the evening in Boston, Massachusetts when the moon is full and it is snowing is a wonderful, unforgettable experience.

  26. Bill Cody
    September 14, 2010, 11:21 am

    Walking along Commonwealth Avenue or across the Common in the evening in Boston, Massachusetts when the moon is full and it is snowing is a wonderful, unforgettable experience.

  27. Bill Cody
    September 14, 2010, 11:21 am

    Walking along Commonwealth Avenue or across the Common in the evening in Boston, Massachusetts when the moon is full and it is snowing is a wonderful, unforgettable experience.

  28. Georgianne Giese
    September 14, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Houghton, MI (Mich. Upper Penninsula) works with the marvels of frosty fairyland snow with extended winter carnival and engineered giant ice sculpture competitions, downhill and cross country skiing, and all associated festivities!

  29. Laura
    September 14, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Shinny on a Great Lake, sledding on The Skyway, cross country skiing city streets past houses built by E B Green and Frank Lloyd Wright and even if the roads are closed, the bars are open – there is no better place to spend winter than Buffalo, NY.

  30. Georgia E. Jones
    September 14, 2010, 1:39 pm

    You can enjoy every kind of winter sport while surrounded by spectacular scenery and then go to a concert, a first run movie, or have a gourmet meal in the evening! No place does it better.

  31. Laura
    September 14, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Shinny on a Great Lake, sledding on The Skyway, cross country skiing city streets past houses built by E B Green and Frank Lloyd Wright and even if the roads are closed, the bars are open – there is no better place to spend winter than Buffalo, NY.

  32. kayfray
    September 14, 2010, 2:25 pm

    Lake Placid, NY, home of TWO Winter Olympic games! Where you can walk down a quaint Main Street and bump into Olympians (both past and future), and participate in endless winter activities.

  33. Carrie
    September 14, 2010, 4:27 pm

    Skating on the 8km long Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada during Winterlude while eating a Killaloe Sunrise Beavertail, best on a sunny winter afternoon.

  34. Andy
    September 14, 2010, 5:06 pm

    Lake Placid – This is one of the few places you can experience all Olympic and ski Whiteface, the mountain with the largest Vertical in the east! Not to mention the town…something for everyone!

  35. Evan
    September 14, 2010, 7:42 pm

    Lake Placid, NY – Located in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains and host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid is a great place to visit in the winter to satisfy the interests of many.

  36. Jordan
    September 15, 2010, 12:09 am

    Edmonton, Canada, is a true major northern city that embraces winter in all its glory, whether it be skating at city hall, sledding in the river valley, or packing up the snowboards for a trip to the nearby mountains.

  37. Elizabeth Savino
    September 15, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Buffalo, New York – Where you never get “stuck” in the snow because, in this city of good neighbors, Buffalonians have jumper cables, shovels, sand, and salt on hand and will ALWAYS help a traveler in need.

  38. Nick kin
    September 15, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Buffalo NY, Where the magic of a snowstorm unites the city of good neighbors and paints the people with happiness.

  39. Jim Duggan
    September 15, 2010, 3:46 pm

    The FIRST winter resort in the US continues to provide LASTing impressions and experiences with its context of many peaks and other natural features, its facilities and its superb hospitality, well-proven in two Olympic Winter Games and many Empire State Games – all now awaiting YOU!

  40. Cindi
    September 15, 2010, 4:32 pm

    Lake Placid NY what a breath taking place to visit. you cant beat the beauty, the fresh air and the people!!!. It’s Peace on Earth

  41. Jan
    September 15, 2010, 5:55 pm

    When it comes to small snowiest places, it has to be West Yellowstone, Montana where snowtorms start in October and may not end until June; where folks snowshoe,ski, or snowmobile to work on streets that are groomed not plowed in the winter; where the weeks revolve around skiing or sledding in the mountains and the weekends around a trip down the block into Yellowstone Park oversnow where you share the trails with frosty bison and shaggy elk while gazing on a frozen landscape punctuated by billowing geysers and steaming rivers.

  42. Susan Busch
    September 15, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Buffalo, NY- cold hands, cold beer, cold skiing, cold tubing, cold noses but warm hearts!

  43. Ed Market
    September 16, 2010, 12:07 am

    Buffalo…because it ain’t Lake Placid.

  44. Kelly
    September 16, 2010, 1:26 pm

    No city better embraces snow and winter than Lake Placid, NY. The more it snows the better it gets!

  45. Amy
    September 16, 2010, 1:52 pm

    Lake Placid, NY for sure!!!! Endless winter fun!

  46. Bill Burke
    September 16, 2010, 4:00 pm

    Lake Placid NY without question. One of the best places anywhere for both alpine and nordic skiing.

  47. Kathy
    September 16, 2010, 11:34 pm

    Lake Placid, NY is truly a magical wonderland in the winter, with unlimited recreational activities for all ages, a quaint Main Street with wonderful little shops, awe-inspiring mountain peaks covered in fresh snow, and some of the friendliest down-to-earth people who are proud of their two-time Olympic heritage.

  48. Kori Phillips
    September 17, 2010, 10:24 am

    Lots of fresh snow, beautiful mountains and lakes, skiing, snowshoeing & sledding, hot beverages to warm you, quaint inns with roaring fireplaces – Lake Placid, NY!

  49. Clarissa Lovato
    September 17, 2010, 12:42 pm

    Santa Fe, New Mexico is the best winter city with a magical display of farolito lined sidewalks and adobe style buildings that illuminate its snowy winter backdrop.

  50. twinpeaks
    September 17, 2010, 12:54 pm

    Lake Placid NY! Why? On a cold winter’s eve you can stay warm by skating on an Olympic speed skating track (the Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, where Eric Heiden won his five gold medals), sharing the track with speed skaters on one side and local kids and families on the other…magical!

  51. MP
    September 17, 2010, 3:24 pm

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. IT’S THE PLACE TO SEE AND THE PLACE TO BE.

  52. Mona
    September 17, 2010, 4:20 pm

    It’s a winter day in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the sun is shinning, the sky is bright beautiful blue, I’m at the Ski Santa Fe just 20 minutes away from town, the fresh powder is glistening, the air I am breathing is crisp and clean, about to begin my day on the slopes but wait… it’s that moment, the moment that you are moved and feel deep within your soul the indescribable moment… in the Land of Enchantment… BE ENCHANTED

  53. Suzanne Valois
    September 18, 2010, 10:24 pm

    I think Quebec City in Quebec Canada is probably the best winter city in North America. There is plenty of snow, the setting of the Dufferin Terrace is gorgeous and you can skate or slide overlooking the wonderful Saint-Lawrence river right in the city. The winter canival of Quebec is the oldest one of this kind. There is the Red Bull Crashed ice World Championship which is sure to mark the city as an action city even in the winter. Only minutes from the city, you can go skying or cross country skying, go snowmobiling or snowshoeing. Let’s not forget the only Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel) in North America, for those who want a special winter extravaganza. Quebec city is called Capitale de la neige (Snow Capital), a quite deserved name. Also, there is an annual Pee-Wee hockey tournament carrying a world reputation and greeting young players from all over the world. For all those reasons, I truely think that Quebec city deserves to be calle the best winter city.

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    October 9, 2010, 7:42 am

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  55. sandy w
    October 9, 2010, 11:09 am

    All that downhill skiing, skating, hockey, bobsledding, luging, cross-country skiing, and hiking in Lake Placid’s beautiful and invigorating winters makes for great people and those people are what I like best about of Lake Placid.

  56. Tom Eubanks
    December 25, 2010, 12:50 am

    II would like to vote Lake Placid New York. Its the winter mecca for the east coast of the U.S.. Whiteface, Ski Jumps, Car transport rides, high peaks, and don’t forget the north pole. In Lake Placid people complain when its not snowing.