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Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Cold Weather Vacation Destinations

Grab your ear muffs and get your chill on! If your idea of paradise is a foot of fresh powder and you’ll choose sherpa boots over bathing suits any day, take this bucket list and go global because these winter destinations offer more than just your average ski slope.

Cruising: Norway

Immerse yourself in Viking legend cruising through the Arctic Circle to the Land of the Midnight Sun. View the magnificent Norwegian Fjords, whales, walrus, reindeer and even polar bears.

Geiranger Fjord, Norway

Fjords in Norway

Be an Olympian: Lake Placid, NY

Aspiring Olympians of all ages bobsled and speed skate on the same venues where athletes compete in this world-famous Adirondack village. Families participate in curling, skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and target shooting at their own Olympic games complete with a torch run and medal ceremony!

Ultimate ‘Chill’ Spot: Hokkaido, Japan

At Tomamu’s Ice Hotel, you’ll sleep, eat, drink, and even bathe on ice. Getting married? Head to the village – you guessed it – ice chapel!

Family-Friendly: Quebec, Canada

There’s something for everyone at the world’s largest winter carnival. Enjoy parades, races and even spas during the seventeen-day extravaganza featuring extreme, family and nightlife activities.

Carnival de Québec

Ice sculptures at the world’s largest winter carnival

Say CHEESE: Alaska

If photography is your passion, pack your gear for Alaska. From native wildlife at the National Parks to glorious vistas at Glacier Bay to the Aurora Borealis in Fairbanks, the North Country offers it all in spectacular fashion.

Romantic Splurge: St. Moritz, Switzerland

Best known for Olympic skiing, couples can also snuggle under blankets and furs in majestic horse-drawn sleighs while enjoying captivating Alpine scenery.

Landscape at St. Moritz, Switzerland

The views from St. Moritz are breathtaking!

Most Affordable: Breckenridge, CO

2014 is the 24th year of the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships. This fun event consisting of two sculpting and viewing weeks (Jan 21 – Feb 2) is free! Visitors warm up in the Snow Lounge and help make ice blocks before the competition.

Beginners Included: Ely, MN

Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge is the only resort dedicated to dog mushing. Their lodge-to-lodge transport suits all fitness levels, so this adventure is good fun for seniors and children alike.

Bucket List: Ouray, CO

If rock climbing doesn’t satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie, scale vertical ice walls and frozen waterfalls during Ouray’s aptly-named Ice Festival, which attracts premier climbers worldwide.

Ouray, CO ice park

Would you dare to climb this?

Group Adventure: Whistler, Canada

Grab your seasoned ski buddies for an extreme heli-ski or snowboard adventure on 650 glaciers and runs. Trips led by certified guides and include lunch and a photographer.

It’s still summer, but you can beat the heat by planning one of these cold weather getaways for the fall and winter! Contact a Vacation Expert today by submitting an online inquiry.

By Alyson Sickels

Tags: beat the heat, winter vacation

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