The Snowiest Locations on Earth

To take a famous quote from the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones: “Winter is coming.” It’s wise to start preparing for winter as early as possible. If you need new winter clothing, there are plenty of deals on winter clothing when it’s out of season. If you wait to buy it during the winter, you’ll most likely be paying for the newest and most expensive stuff. Checking to make sure your furnace is working properly is always a good idea as well. There’s not much worse than turning on your furnace for the first time on a bitter cold night only to discover it’s not working. Be sure to stock up on ice melt as well; it’ll be nice to have on that first hard freeze of the year. You’ll definitely want plenty of ice melt on hand if you live in one of the most snowy places on earth. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of some of the places in the world that receive the most snow. And where you find snow, you are sure to find plenty of ice. Take a look:

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire


Brrrrrr! This picture alone just makes you want to curl up with a warm blanket with a cup of hot cocoa by the crackling fire. Combine plenty of snowfall with high powered winds and you have Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. However, not much snow sticks around at the summit simply because it is frequently blown off by the constant winds.



When you hear of the islands of Japan, you typically think of green islands with a rich culture and some delicious sushi. You most likely don’t think of snow. Truth is, Japan is one of the most snowy places in the world! In Northern Japan, there is a place in the mountains called Sukio-Onsen which can see 50-60 feet of snow! Some years have even recorded 70-80 feet!


Chamonix, France


Chamonix, Frances offers some of the best skiing in Europe. In fact, it was the host of the very first ever Winter Olympics in 1924.

Kirkwood Mountain, California

Like Japan, when you hear of California you do not think of snow. Beaches, surfing, vineyards, Hollywood, and Disneyland are the typical attractions that come to mind when thinking of sunny California. However, Kirkwood Mountain is the record-holder for the most annual snowfall in the United States. Located just south of Lake Tahoe, this area just gets pounded with snow every year and makes for a prime winter destination for skiers and snowboarders.


It’s no surprise here that Alaska can see some crazy snowfall. In fact, the town of Cordova got buried underneath 18 feet of snow in 2012. Shoveling the driveway just became a full-time job.


Utah is home of “the best snow on earth.” Every winter, ski and snowboard enthusiasts flock to the numerous resorts in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. In fact, many celebrities show up on the slopes during the Sundance Film Festival held in Park City. Alta and Snowbird are some of the more popular resorts with Alta offering some of the best powder in the world for skiers only.