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Aomori City, Tōhoku, 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. The northernmost prefectural capital city on the island of Honshu, Aomori is translated in Japanese to mean “blue forest,” a nod to the city’s lush greenery surrounded by oceans, mountains, and lakes.
Said to be the snowiest place in the United States, Valdez is surrounded by the glaciated Chugach Mountains and can see as much as 325 inches of the white stuff annually. The tiny town is home to just about 4,000 residents, though it plays host to deep-sea fishing and heli-skiing tourists.
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.
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
With average annual snowfalls of 191 inches, this Japanese city is one of the world’s snowiest. Also famous for producing the Japanese beer, Sapporo hosted the 1972 Olympic Winter Games and welcomes two million tourists each February for its annual snow festival, which features a snow-sculpture building content.
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, site of the 1998 Winter Olympics, and is also home to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, the famous mountain sightseeing route that has an altitude change of 1,975 meters, or 6,479.66 feet.
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. The city is well-equipped to deal with the roughly 120 inches of snow it sees annually—the result of its proximity to legendary nor’easter snow combined with the lake effect from nearby Lake Ontario.
With an average of 100 inches of snow falling each year, Erie has cold winters typical of towns in its surrounding snow belt, which stretches from Cleveland to Syracuse and Watertown.