Snow place like home: The world’s most badass winter cities (PHOTOS)
Our international team of journalists scoured the internet for the best examples of character-building snowy metropolises and turned up some pretty spectacular images.
Temperatures have been steadily decreasing since the New Year and Russia’s capital finally had its first proper snowfall of the season, which dropped up to 25 centimeters of the white stuff (9.8 inches) this week.
Like Moscow, the average winter temperature in Métropole du Québec hovers around zero degrees Celsius, but in the land of the cold-weather nectar called maple syrup, snow isn’t enough to slow commuters down, whether getting around via bus or bicycle.
Windy City winters dip below zero Fahrenheit (-18 Celsius) on a regular basis and a former mayor lost re-election for not properly removing 21 inches (53.34 cm) of snow that piled up in less than two days. One winter brought more than 80 inches and in 1985, temps bottomed out at -27 F (-33 C) with a wind chill of -77 F (-60 C). Despite the certainty of wild weather, these fowls failed to fly far enough south this winter and instead had to learn how to ice skate.
It’s hard to say how much Bob Dylan’s birthplace influenced his music, but the answer to what’s blowin’ in Duluth’s wind is sunrise sea smoke. And you might meet some foxy friends while exploring brownstone ice caves on frozen Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater body.
While searching for Snowy Owls at #PortTerminal I was lucky enough to spot this #RedFox hunting by the railroad tracks, soon enough for us to slowly creep up for photos. He went away with a rodent and didn't come back. #Duluth #Minnesota #fox #foxes FYI I hit the road tomorrow morning, so posts will be light for the next two weeks! Don't all sigh in relief at once.... 😅
East of Duluth, also along the shores of Lake Superior, snow falls in November and melts in March. In between, this Upper Peninsula Michigan city endures sub-zero temperatures and waves tall enough for surfing.
One human polar bear, simply known as Surfer Dan, regularly braves the elements and gets an icy beard like Santa Claus. This alone makes Marquette pretty badass. Oh, and did we mention the frickin’ laser beams on the snow plows?
He's known around Marquette as Surfer Dan, Hardcore Dan, and King of the North Shore Mainland, and he was out today on Lake Superior near Presque Isle.READ here - http://bit.ly/1PV3i0XPosted by TV6 & FOX UP on Tuesday, 12 January 2016
They say that somewhere under all the snow is $920,000, but Fargo’s more than just a fictional film and TV series. It’s North Dakota’s biggest city where pizza delivery drivers make $20 an hour thanks to the recent oil boom. While the black gold won’t last forever, the white stuff comes back year after year.
My hooman wanted me to go inside because "it's coooold." Whatever that means.. I just wanna stay out here and try to make snow angels! Don't tell me how to live my life, mom!! 😂😜🐶🐾 #griffeyboev #dogsofinstagram #puppiesofinstagram #borderaussie #bordercollie #miniaussie #fargosnow #wildchild #imcrazy #griffthepup
The only city on this list inside the Arctic Circle, it’s hard to melt the snow when there’s no sun. That doesn’t mean the sky is completely dark though, as the Northern Lights put on quite a show. And if you’re feeling particularly badass, camping is free.
The only Asian city on the list was the first city outside Europe and North America to host the Winter Olympics and has its own badass snow festival every February.
Sapporo Hibiya Park. This is where the famous Snow Festival takes place in February. They're setting up for it now. pic.twitter.com/TAaiDkWlgh— AMERIKAJIN (@jiyunaJP) January 9, 2016
Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan。 pic.twitter.com/adEWek0ypv— 世界中の風景まとめ集 (@fukei_matome) January 2, 2016
皆様、お疲れ様でした。 札幌は積雪が少ない状態ですが、今年も「第67回札幌雪まつり」の準備が始まりました。2月5日開幕します。 今日もお付き合いありがとうございました。おやすみなさい🌠 pic.twitter.com/mOyxifI06U— シェル&キン (@31074355aa) January 7, 2016
Lake effect snow can make this rust belt city in upstate New York beautiful, assuming you can see more than an inch in front of your face. And if you get too cold, you can always warm up with their famous hot wings.
While Calgary deserves an honorable mention for the largest indoor pedestrian network in the world, Edmonton is 300 kilometers to the north and has a 13 kilometer network of climate-controlled links through most of its downtown. They also have an ice castle and a cross-country ski rack at light rail stations for those who prefer to commute outside.