Said to be the snowiest place in the USA, Valdez is surrounded by the glaciated Chugach Mountains and can see as much as 325 inches of the white stuff annually.
Aomori City, Tohoku, Japan
Aomori City gets pummeled with a tremendous 300 average inches of snow a year, thanks to its oceanic position and high elevations of the mountains.
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
With average snowfalls of 191 inches, this Japanese city is one of the world’s snowiest. Also famous for producing the beer, Sapporo hosted the 1972 Olympic Winter Games and welcomes 2 million tourists for its annual snow festival.
Quebec City, Canada
One of the oldest cities in North America, Quebec City finds plenty of ways to celebrate its status as a winter wonderland, with nearly 150 inches of snow falling annually.
Toyama, Hokuriku, Japan
Set on the coast of the Sea of Japan, Toyama gets hit with more than 143 inches of snow per year, though it also enjoys hot, humid summers. The city is next to Nagano, is also home to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
St. John’s, the capital and largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It sees a heavy 132 inches of snow annually.
Syracuse, NY, USA
Though insiders tell us it’s been known to snow on Mother’s Day around here, snow days for the students of Syracuse University are rare.
With an average of 100 inches of snow, Erie has cold winters typical of towns in its surrounding snow belt, which stretches from Cleveland to Watertown.