Epic Winter Wonderland Experiences as Told By Travel Instagrammers From Around The Globe.
Snow literally and aesthetically changes any landscape into the most magical scene. Be it in the city surrounded by sky scrapers to the forest in the wilderness, it never ceases to amaze me just how beautiful nature can be. Here is a collection of epic winter wonderland experiences as told by travellers traversing the globe in the hunt for the perfect day.
EPIC WINTER WONDERLAND EXPERIENCES #1
Location: Big White, British Columbia, Canada
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We bundled up in layers of clothing to keep warm in the sub zero temperatures, while shredding the slopes. Fresh powder, waxed snowboard and blue skies, what more could you ask for?
We road tripped on our honeymoon around Canada, snowboarding at the some of the best slopes in the world like Whistler, Lake Louise and Revelstoke. However, nothing beats this day on the slopes. We pretty much had the mountain to ourselves and was able to snowboard from the peak of Big White all the way to our car. This was one of the most epic winter wonderland experiences we’ve ever had!
EPIC WINTER WONDERLAND EXPERIENCES #2
Location: Nuuksio National Park, Helsinki, Finland
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Traversing across ice and snow in a National Park in Northern Europe wasn’t something I thought I could access easily. It was only by chance that in my research for something off the beaten track to do whilst we were in Finland did I stumble across this marvellous opportunity. Nuuksio National Park is located only 45 minutes outside of Helsinki and we decided to commission a private tour guide to take us out for the day.
We had picked a day where the National Park was devoid of trekkers or locals. There is something to be said about walking across frozen Lake Haukkalampi with no one else in sight. Surrounded by the Finnish forest as the snow and ice weighed down upon its native tress and plants, we enjoyed a hike of epic beauty. We simply couldn’t take in enough of the serenity, exquisite beauty and the wonders of what nature had to offer in the winter. This will remain a highlight of our travels for many years to come.
EPIC WINTER WONDERLAND EXPERIENCES #3
Location: Lake Tahoe, California, USA
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Growing up in northern California, I’ve always been within a few hours reach of Lake Tahoe. While I’ve skied and snowboarded on occasion, it hasn’t meant that I’ve seen beautiful snow because some days it’s sunny and there’s just no precipitation. But the best winter wonderland experience I’ve ever had was seeing snow-topped trees the day after a whiteout blizzard. The landscape looked so magical!
EPIC WINTER WONDERLAND EXPERIENCES #4
Location: Lake Laka, Prášily, Šumava mountains, Czech Republic
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Two years ago, we had so much snow. All the forests in the mountains turned into a snow kingdom. With my friend we just wrapped up and walked in knee high soft powder.
For many years this area was prohibited. Unless you were a guard on the border you were not allowed to come here. This was the border between the former Eastern Block, the communist countries and the free Western World, between Czechoslovakia and Germany.
But because it was closed to the public for over 50 years, the nature is nearly untouched. Prášily has been a long-forgotten village with only few locals still living here in old houses. Tourists were not allowed here as it was too close to the border with Germany for fear of illegal border crossings.
But now it is springing back to life. With a coffee shop, variety of affordable accommodation and cosy pubs it is becoming a great local tourist hotspot without the heavy price tag. I love it here, both in summer and in winter, in spring and autumn. There are a lot of trips to do here such as cross-country skiing, hiking, and even horse riding. And after a gruelling hike, you can indulge in a sweet treat or a svařák, hot wine from the local pub.
EPIC WINTER WONDERLAND EXPERIENCES #5
Location: Toronto Island, Lake Ontario, Canada
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This picture was taken in Toronto Island in what the locals referred as the coldest winter in 50 years. Lake Ontario was partly frozen and I was way colder that what the picture depicts. Toronto Island is a small land in front of Canada’s most important city, just a 20 min boat ride. For some reason, I decided to go to study to Toronto in January and I sure wasn’t prepared for the -40C that I got to experience. However, it was an amazing experience and Toronto island is at its best with the snow.
EPIC WINTER WONDERLAND EXPERIENCES #6
Location: Guadelupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA
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This photo was taken on a crisp December morning and I love it because it captures the total immersion my husband and I experienced surrounded by frost on the ground below us and on every limb of the desert flora around us.
My husband and I had come to this park on a whim – we hadn’t even heard of it until we picked it at random off of a list of national parks. We had a last-minute opportunity to spend a long weekend somewhere, and we wanted to go somewhere we knew little about. We knew that deserts get cold at night, and especially with it being December, we packed our wool hiking clothes. Even with our expectations about the cool temperatures, though, we were taken aback by what we found in Guadelupe Mountains.
The morning we drove into the park was a foggy one, but as we got closer the sky began to clear, revealing a surprising scene. Every cactus was covered in sparkling white frost left by the dissipating fog. By the time we were on the McKittrick Canyon trail, we were surrounded by a true winter wonderland, made all the more magical by our utter surprise. Never had I imagined such a snowy scene could exist in the desert of the American West- bordering Mexico, no less. To this day it’s one of my most memorable and surprising travel experiences.
EPIC WINTER WONDERLAND EXPERIENCES #7
Location: Falls Creek, Victoria, Australia
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Many travellers don’t associate alpine skiing with Australia. Known for its beaches and even desert, it certainly isn’t considered to be a popular destination for snow. Unknown to many, Olympic sportsmen and women train in the Southern Hemisphere when its summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
On our recent trip to Falls Creek, we were caught in an unprecedented thunder snow storm. I didn’t eve know what that meant until it unleashed itself upon us and it shut down the mountain. No one was allowed up or down the mountain and everyone returned to their accommodation or cars. We on the other hand, decided to head to the back of the slopes for a bit of toboggining with the kids. Oh my…. did we have fun! With snow pounding down on our faces, we sled down the powdered slopes, hand snow balls fights and made the best snow angels. It was such a magical few hours of family time as I watched my daughter catch snow flakes on her eyelids.
What epic winter wonderland experiences do you have fond memories of? We would love to hear them and to add to list!