Does a chill in the air signal that its time of the year to have the most fun?  Does the first sight of flurries make you want to grab your winter gear and venture out to the mountains? Then you’re going to love our list of six of the best destinations for winter lovers.

Bundle up with a warm cup of cocoa and enjoy reading about where to go for the most chilled out and coolest trips to take before the onset of spring!

Canada

For those keen to fully embrace the brrr, Quebec City’s Winter Carnival (aka the Carnaval de Québec) brings icy fun to this beautiful Canadian city in one of the biggest and most popular winter festivals in the world. But that’s just what’s going on in the east coast of the area. Over on the west coast, there’s great snowboarding, skiing and all sorts of snowy sport action in Whistler and the Blackcomb mountains, not to mention the Canadian Rockies with ultra scenic wilderness-resort areas of Jasper and Banff. Wherever you end up during winter in Canada, you’ll be met by friendly folks ready to show you a great time.

China

Still not cold enough for ya? Then head to the northern China “Ice City” of Harbin for its annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival – the largest ice and snow festival in the world! Add some extra wow to your trip while you’re here and try to make it to the unforgettable Chinese New Year celebrations in Beijing or Shanghai.

Colorado

Experience a Rocky Mountain high in Colorado – home to Aspen, Breckenridge, Snowmass, Steamboat, Telluride, Vail and so many other world class places to play in the snow – or, while taking in the myriad things to in dynamic Denver.

Finland

Situated above the Arctic Circle – about as close to the North Pole as is humanly possible to live year round – the Finland region of Lapland is famous for its reindeer herds, for being one of the most likely spots on earth to be able to witness the spectacular northern lights, and for welcoming guests throughout the year to meet Santa Claus. Residents of Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, have claimed their city to be the “official hometown of Santa Claus” where visitors are invited to drop by Santa Claus Village, to take a ride in a sleigh drawn by reindeer, to go on a snowshoeing or snowmobile expedition, and to enjoy many more wonderfully wintry activities.

Switzerland

Is there any greater winter wonderland than Switzerland? With its renowned ski resorts such as Verbier, Zermatt and St. Moritz and their snowcapped panoramic Alpine peaks, serene glacial lakes, and vast swathes of wilderness, the original destination for winter tourism is still ideal for action-packed outdoor fun. For more urban pursuits, Swiss cities such as Geneva and Zurich are among the world’s most cosmopolitan and sophisticated cities with great museums, art scenes and plenty of cultural attractions. For more culinary pastimes during the cold weather months, there’s nothing more comforting than a cup of hot Swiss-style chocolate made or as hearty as a filling fondue.

Vermont

Craving a vacation packed with picturesque mountains, powder-white snow, and exhilarating winter sports? Or maybe cheese and beer tastings in historic inns or quiet nights snuggled up beside the fireplace in a cozy cabin somewhere remote. Whichever’s the case, think Vermont. The state has slopes in places like Stratton and Mad River Glen that offer some of the best skiing on the East Coast – and at very reasonable rates. It’s quaint towns and storybook villages are as welcoming as anywhere and make for ideal holiday getaways.

Do you do winter with gusto? What’s your favorite cold weather destination?

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Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, curator, and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, tikichris.com. Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world. He's called London home since 2001.